How do you get things done in life? There is one thing that will get you from where you are now to where you want to be, and that’s being consistent. Consistency is the key to getting things done.
Want to lose weight? Want to learn how to play the piano? Want to learn French? You have to practice, you have to keep at it, and you can’t give up on it. You have to be consistent.
Want tips on how to be consistent? It means that something is done the same way over a period of time. Now, read that again, because the last part is important–over time. To be consistent it must be done not once or twice but many times for a long period of time.
Can you learn to be consistent? Of course! Like anything else, it just takes practice. These are some key elements to becoming consistent with everything that you do.
What Is Your Why?
I know, I know, I hate it when people say this, BUT I think it really does matter in this situation. If you are trying to learn how to be consistent so you can get things done in your life, then it must be pretty important to you.
Know your motivation for why you are doing it, and be unwavering in your efforts. Because times will get tough, and things will get hard, but if you have a compelling reason why you want to do something it can get you through those hard times. It can also be your motivation to keep going every day.
It’s way too easy to get caught up in all the busy work that gets thrown at you throughout the day- cleaning the house, scrolling your phone, binging Netflix, chasing after the kids, you can get sidetracked pretty easily. It’s easy to forget to do something if it’s not always part of your daily routine.
Out of sight out of mind, right? Not in this case. Set reminders throughout the day. Post sticky notes, set the alarm on your phone, get it in front of your face somehow so you can visually see it.
My husband has been trying to stay consistent with taking vitamins every day. The only way he remembers to take them is to leave them on the kitchen counter right next to his keys so he sees them in the morning and remembers to take them.
Make It Part Of Your Routine
The more you remember to do something every day, the more it will be consistent for you and become part of your daily routine. When something becomes part of your daily routine, it starts to become a habit.
You do it on repeat, it’s constant and predictable. You can use a habit tracker to keep track of the things you want to consistently do each day.
Make Time For It
Make sure you schedule time for it. Try to do it at the same time every day or plan for it during your day. If you don’t, it’s too easy to let it slip by, especially if it’s something you don’t particularly like doing (like exercising or studying).
Make It Enjoyable
Which brings me to my next point. Find a way to make it enjoyable. It’s much easier to do something every day if it’s something you like to do. If you’re dreading doing it you will find a reason not to do it. So try to find a way that you can enjoy doing it.
If you are exercising to lose weight, find a workout routine that you enjoy. Yoga, cycling, dance, or water aerobics. If you have to study, find out what your learning style is so you can tailor your studying.
Practice Practice Practice
It’s ok if you are not perfect the first time, if you forget, or things don’t go the way you planned. The important thing is that you keep going! That’s what makes you consistent!
Putting It Together
- What are you doing that you need to be consistent about? Why is it important to you that you need to be consistent in order to accomplish it?
- Make it part of your daily routine by posting sticky notes or setting alarms to remind yourself.
- Use a habit tracker to be consistent
- Be sure to make time for it during your day, by planning it out
- If you need to do something that you don’t like to do, find a way that you can make it enjoyable
- Part of being consistent is to keep going even if you mess up
When it comes to getting things done in your life, it comes down to being consistent. Try these tips to help you learn to stick with it and be consistent in everything you do.