Right this second stop what you are doing and write out the three most time wasting unproductive habits or behaviors you have – one, two , three – write these three out. Oh right, you don’t have any! Okay then send this request to the three people who are closest to you – relationship wise as in friends or family – and ask them to tell you what these three most time wasting unproductive habits or behaviors you have are.
Read through your list or their list now and what is your response? Agree or disagree?
Side note: Did you know you can change the way you eat? If you want to create the habit of eating and craving healthier foods and snacks have some fresh pieces of carrots, broccoli or cauliflower available and when you have the afternoon munchies eat these items instead of that pack of Nabisco Oreo Cookies. You will find after a short period of time you will crave the healthier snack options.
For each of your time wasting and unproductive habits write out next to the item how and when you will stop doing this and begin to do something else which is time saving and productive instead.
Side note: It is really funny when this conversation happens. The excuse of why the poor habit or behavior cannot be changed right now.
“I am on the road too much for business so there is no time to deal with it right now.” “We are planning a few vacation trips for the summer right now so this habit changing stuff will have to wait.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. In actual fact each of these examples are the perfect reason why the habit change should take place exactly then!
A change in environment will allow the triggers which control your habits to accept new habits more readily. Without getting into the Neuroscience of it right here – feel free to check it out as it is a fact. This is why vacation time is the perfect time to change a bad habit.
Here is a thought – feel free to substitute any type of habit or behavior you wish to change – let’s open this up to other areas not only time wasting unproductive habits or behaviors – what else do you have? Maybe something in your personal life?
Follow the same process from the top and see what happens. Let me know how you make out in the comments area.
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Mitch Tublin runs a boutique consulting company with clients all over the world. The goal is to bring out the best in people – teams – and organizations.