#148: How to Clear the Way for New and Better Business Habits

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This month’s theme is Work from Home Power Hacks & Habits. I’ve got lots of tips on everything from automation tools to building better work habits!

As a business owner, you are your business. And if you’ve fallen into a rut where you feel less productive, maybe less fit, less healthy, you’ll lose your entrepreneurial momentum.

The success of your business depends on you: increasing your output, improving your performance, and focusing more on important things.

So, what’s the solution? It’s to create new, great, and positive business habits. I follow James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, and he says that habits account for over 40% of our behaviors on any given day. Knowing how to build new positive habits is important for making progress in your health, your happiness, your business, and life in general.

In today’s episode, I give some tips on how to clear all those bad habits you have been holding on to and make way for new and better habits.

Welcome to a new Systems Sunday. This month’s theme is Work From Home Power Hacks & Habits.

I’m Lisa Wells, your Virtual Assistant Trainer.

As a business owner, you are your business. And if you’ve fallen into a rut where you feel less productive, maybe less fit, less healthy, you’ll lose your entrepreneurial momentum.

The success of your business depends on you: increasing your output, improving your performance, and focusing more on important things.

So, what’s the solution? It’s to create new, great, and positive business habits. I follow James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, and he says that habits account for over 40% of our behaviors on any given day. Knowing how to build new positive habits is important for making progress in your health, your happiness, your business, and life in general.

Link for more information – https://jamesclear.com/habit-guide

It’s time to clear all those bad habits you have been holding on to, and make way for new and better habits.

Make Things Clean and Clear

This is a problem for many entrepreneurs. Many companies don’t know how to develop healthy policies and practices.

Take the first step and identify the problem.

Then implement good policies. Look over your policies. How many of them are out of date? How many need improvement? And how many need to be wiped away? Make a list of what’s important at the moment. Get rid of everything that’s not important.

Check how your employees or team are being trained. And for how long?

Look at the available resources. What needs to be changed? What needs improvement? And what needs to be taken away? Make a list. Come up with a new policy and create a way for employees to discuss issues that arise.

Start Small

Focus on building new habits instead of worrying about their impact. For example, you may want to start the habit of flossing your teeth every night. To build a new successful habit, start small: flossing just one tooth. This sounds crazy, but it works. If you build the habit of flossing just one tooth each night, three things will happen:

* You’ll feel silly if you don’t do it because flossing a single tooth is easy.

* You’ll likely floss more than one tooth. Starting anything is the biggest hurdle. And once you get started, it becomes easier to keep going.

* You’ll create a habit. Flossing one tooth every night probably won’t make your dentist happier. But after a few weeks, the action will become a habit – something you’ll do automatically without thinking.

Once you build the habit, then you can slowly add to it. In your business, develop the habit of single-tasking. Do you struggle to stay focused? If you want to beat distractions, build the habit of working on one task at a time.

Start by doing that for ten minutes at a time. After ten minutes, take a break and allow distractions. Later, try another ten minutes of pure focus. When ten minutes become easy, work on twenty minutes at a time, and then half an hour. And, soon you’ll be able to spend an hour on a task without struggling to stay focused.

Reward Yourself

Every time you perform a new positive habit, celebrate. Reward yourself for putting in the energy. After building up enough great and positive habits, your brain goes on autopilot; it craves the reward it expects to come at the end.

Clearing the way for new and better habits means focusing on doing something small every day. And rewarding yourself every time you complete a habit reinforces the importance of doing that small thing over and over, instead of reaching for a far-off goal. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, daily weigh-ins can be demotivating. But celebrating every time you go to the gym will help you create a lasting habit of exercising regularly – regardless of the long-term goal.

Celebrate in a way that makes you feel good about sticking with your new habit.

Grab an Accountability Partner

Are you still struggling to stay on track? Do you need a bigger reward to stay motivated? Then, grab an accountability partner. Find a friend or relative who will keep you accountable and celebrate you when you succeed.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by making many changes at once. So, just pick one habit to build on at a time. And, once you successfully build one new habit, you have another chance to stack on a new one.

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Join me next week for productivity hacks to grow your business fast. Bye for now.

 

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  2. Walk through the questions with your client, writing out the answers on the pages
  3. Wrap up the call with a plan of action for how to proceed and assist your client in their business

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#148:  How to Clear the Way for New and Better Business Habits
#148:  How to Clear the Way for New and Better Business Habits

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