Have you ever promised yourself about a certain habit, and then suddenly, after a few weeks of persuasion, you just lost interest? Well, you are not alone. So many “books” and “articles” and short courses which may going to cost you around $10 to $30, they sell you a promise.
Let me tell you one thing, the core of all those “books” who are trying to point us to the same thing, in one way or another. Which is, “be consistent.”
It is impossible to mimic someone else success. If someone selling you this idea “copy my idea, and be successful,” it is a bullsh**t. No, you can't do that. You are UNIQUE. You are YOU. This means your mileage always will vary!
Here are some of the extracts I was able to get out of those books and articles to be consistent for any habit that you want to build:
If you are a student or used to be, or employee somewhere or used to be, whatever was your situation, I am dead sure you had a routine — Why? Why you had that routine? Put, and you made a commitment to yourself, you woke up at a certain time, you take a specific route, in your mind ran some calculation about “routes” which one will be faster, etc. It was because you were committed, and you prioritized that activity.
Why don’t you do the same for your habit or goal that you may have? What’s stopping you?
Now do this, where you want to end up? Visualize it, and keep visualizing it always every day. This will help you to be solidified in your commitment. This is how our brain works. We don’t just act. We get the visualization first and then act on it. For your goal, keep visualizing it every day, basically meditate on it — keep repeating that end goal every day for few mins, start with 1 min and then go for it up to 10 mins.
Create a system, adopt one of the tools already in your smartphone, put that damn reminder on your phone, and set up that visualizing reminder. And all the other reminders and follow it up. At work or school, we basically do exactly what our teachers or bosses ask us to do, and then if we need promotion, we go a few extra miles ahead. Apply a similar technique, “be your own employee.”
At the end of the week, probably over the weekend, OR if you are still lazy, set up a reminder for Friday at 6 pm. Before leaving your workspace or workshop, or wherever you are working, go through your weekly achievement, and then craft your next to-do items next week. Apply those techniques you have to learn “Thorn-Bud-Roses” in your design school or management school. Super simple process, it will help you to articulate your next move, and also going to help you to create a self-accountability routine.
That’s all from me today, friends.
I personally do a weekly, monthly, and then a yearly review of my todos of past, present, and future.
What else do you want to add to this list? I am all ears!
Hi! There, I am Mudassir Azeemi, a culturally aware product person with 10+ years of experience. I am currently working on a mission-critical application at Wells Fargo, leading the design system effort for Commercial Electronic Office (CEO) Portal. And I teach at UC Berkeley at UX/UI Bootcamp as a lead instructor. I brought the Urdu language to Apple’s iOS 2 billion devices! My mantra is finding patterns in chaos. Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin if you’d like to chat or to say hi! I am also mentoring via ADPList.org. You can also subscribe to my newsletter.