Consistency

Consistency is the conformity of standards of conduct and action. In this case, to make your life better and improve your performance. In this blog post, implementation and maintenance are key.
Implementing Consistent Practices involves being intentional about several things including your goals, schedule (or calendar), and what you say or do each day. When looking at your goals, be specific and realistic. This means creating easy, specific, simple, and measurable goals. For example, most people make to-do lists that are long and have multiple goals that require several steps. Rather than having sixteen goals for the day, identify three top goals for the day. And make sure the goals are very specific – read one hour in a specific book, write 1500 words on your book, and identify three goals to meet for tomorrow.

Create a schedule for yourself. This will help you define what you do, when, and each day and it will help you track your success on the goals you set for yourself. For example, set up a weekly schedule where you know what you will focus on each day and for parts of each day. There are specific days I work on my LEGO business (Fridays and Saturdays) and within those days, I am doing certain activities for the business. For four hours Friday mornings, I speak with potential clients; in the afternoon on Saturdays, I am building houses for my clients. As you can see, I know what I am doing each Friday morning and Saturday afternoon. This allows me to not only get the work done but to know exactly what I will be doing so I have no anxiety about how much I have to do and when I have to do it. And I post the schedule in my office so I can see it on a daily basis.

Consistency is also about making and keeping commitments. As you can see with my posted schedule, I can determine what I need/want to do and how much time I want to devote to each item. This allows me to keep overwhelm out of my life and lets me know if I have time to engage in other activities. So, if someone makes a request for Saturday afternoon, I automatically know that I cannot engage in that request because I am already scheduled to build so-and-so’s LEGO house.

Finally, if you are new to developing consistency in your life, you will need to reward yourself each time you fulfill a goal or meet a commitment—allow yourself an hour nap, have a teatime where you sit and read something you want to read (as opposed to needing to read), go for a walk or swim.

Maintaining consistency can be difficult. Even the most consistent and well-organized people slip up sometimes. So, plan for potential failure. Ask yourself what you will do if something happens to move you off your schedule. What will you do if it takes you longer to do an activity than you planned? What if a new goal takes priority? This will help you take necessary action steps that will move you from “failure” to success.

Consistency is not about working all the time. It is about planning your activities, including time off for relaxation and recharge. There is a lot of research showing productivity improves with time off and it makes sure you will not burn yourself out by working more than you need to work.

Using motivational tools will help your consistency by giving you the motivation to do something even when you don’t want to do it. Post motivational sayings or drawings in your office or repeat affirmations you have found to help you when you lose motivation. These motivational tools and affirmations will help you hold yourself accountable.

Being inconsistent in life can make life more difficult. So, establishing consistency in life generates more peace. I will talk about this in another blog post.