This summer in a book club discussion at work, the biggest take-away was that some people are not consistent! Not in a negative way, but in a routine of how they get out the door for work or what habits they do (or don’t have!) each day. This shocked my consistency-loving brain! I can eat the same thing for lunch everyday without thinking about it. My morning routine is virtually the same every day. I probably come across as boring to some people and really grounded to others depending on your view, but consistency comes easily to me. Right now life is a juggling act as a working mom and so it’s also been a life-saver and one of the biggest factors in being able to juggle a business on the side.
Whether this is something you struggle with, or something that comes very naturally to you, I think it’s important to remember why it matters (in the big stuff, not necessarily the consistency with which you brush your hair or something!). Keeping that bigger perspective can give you the motivation to push through when things are hard and provide balance and structure for you!
My Top 5 Tips for Staying Consistent
1. Get Back To The Basics – Life literally is a whirlwind of commitments, responsibility, un-expected events, and personal goals. So take a look at your daily to-do’s and pare down. Just for a while, till you feel like you’ve gotten your head in the right place and feel inspired to take on more.
2. Eat The Frog – Take care of thing thing you dislike the most first and just get it done. That way it’s checked off your list and not looming ahead of you all day and you can move on from there. Also you’ll have more energy to put toward that task if you just get it done first.
3. Remember Your Big Picture Goals – If you are working towards goals (which we all should be!)– whether it’s in fitness, work, or relationships, remember what it is! Your Big Picture goal gives meaning and purpose to your activities and helps you push through when things are tough since you’re moving toward it, or keeps you from spinning your wheels on tasks that don’t move you forward.
4. Prioritize Your Time – Make sure you are not wasting time on things that don’t really help you move forward toward that goal. Prioritize your tasks and do the most important ones first. Put the majority of your time and energy into those. Fun stuff. New endeavors. Creative ideas… those all come after. Just like when you’re a kid and your parents make you eat your healthy cereal before you could have the Lucky Charms.
5. Control the Controllable – Sometimes life is tough. And sometimes things happen you don’t want to. Sometimes you get sick or tired or both. Sometimes your home life is stressful. Here’s the thing… you can’t let yourself fall apart every time life throws you a curveball. If you do, you’ll never get anywhere because curveballs are going to be a constant. Get comfortable being uncomfortable and focus on what you can work on rather than going into panic mode one what is completely outside your ability and control.