I´m a huge fan of Leo Baubauta, blogger extraordinaire for www.zenhabits.net. I subsribe to his blog and can´t wait for each time a new blog is sitting in my inbox. With my recent endeavor to live a more simple life and take mini-retirements every six months or so, I´ve had to form a few habits for saving money and sticking to my plan.
I found Leo´s latest blog on “How to turn your goals into habits” very useful and thought you might too. Enjoy!
[Reposted from zenhabits.net]
“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” – Charles C. Noble
It’s such a simple concept, yet it’s something we don’t always do. It’s not exceedingly difficult to do, and yet I think it’s something that would make a world of difference in anyone’s life.
Break your goals into habits, and focus on putting those habits into autopilot.
Last week when I wrote my Ultimate Guide to Motivation, there were a number of questions about my belief that having One Goal to focus on is much more powerful than having many goals. There were questions about my personal goals (such as running a marathon, eliminating debt, and so on) and how I was able to achieve them while working on different projects, and so forth. How can you have one goal that takes a long time, and still work on smaller projects at the same time?
These are excellent questions, and my answer takes a little explaining: I try to turn my goals into habits, and in doing so, I put my goals on autopilot. Turning a goal into a habit means really focusing on it, intensely, for at least a month, to the exclusion of all else. The more you can focus on it, the more it’ll be on autopilot. [Link to full article.]