What does this have to do with your productivity?
Here it is: When I decide to upgrade my Microsoft Office skill and get the certification within a month. With so many existing commitment, I need a system to help me out. With the objective of learn and pass exam.
Learn and practice connected to real action.
If you want to start a new habit, you need to tie it to something you’re already doing every day, like connecting it to the moment you first check your email.
For example, let’s say that you want to practice and learn every morning. If you check your email in the morning, tie learning to checking your email. Now you won’t need to remember to practice.
Just include the practice into your existing routine of checking your email.
To tie it even closer together, you can send yourself an email the night before with the topic you’re going to study in the morning! You’ll wake up, check your email, read your own instructions for which topic to learn, which topic to review, and get it done.
This creates a habit… and habits lead to systems.
Systems get stuff done. This is my secret!
So my #1 productivity hack is to tie what you want to do to something you’re already doing. This will automatically plug you into an existing system in your brain, and you won’t have to force yourself to adopt new habit.
I use this a lot when I’m in a “procrastination gap” where I’m stuck between thinking about doing something and actually doing it.
You can eliminate that gap using this tip!
The Big Lesson
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