You can’t search the web these days without seeing an advertisement for something that will “transform your productivity!” Come on… admit it: we’ve all procrastinated for a couple minutes clicking on them, searching for gems that we can add to our daily routine.
“7 Simple Tips to Boost Your Productivity at Work”,
“The 3 New Apps to be More Productive”,
“This ONE sentence will change EVERYTHING about your productivity”
The good news is – there really is a lot of great wisdom out there on productivity. But the bad news is that it’s BURIED under a mountain of bad advice.
Even the top productivity trainings have a fatal problem: a month later, most attendees report that nothing has really changed. We haven’t implemented what we learned, and we’re still stuck in our old ways. We KNOW what we should be doing, but we’re not doing it. And that makes us frustrated, and we give in to despair that things will ever get better.
The most vexing problem in productivity is this: How can we turn what we know into something that we DO?
The first step to real change is acknowledging that we are creatures of habit. It turns out that Aristotle had the answer over 2300 years ago: We have to turn that knowledge into a habit. Something we do repeatedly and automatically – every day! “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
Good habits and bad habits are just labels we apply after the fact. But every habit in your day exists for a reason.
Some habits are tiny (tying your shoes), some of them define our lifestyle (eating habits). But habits are almost always formed consciously, and then evolve into an involuntary or automatic response to a trigger – like automatically driving the same route you have driven for months. That gradual shift from conscious action to habit happens over the course of two to eight months — the bigger the new habit, the more time it takes the new habit to form.
So the REASON we don’t get more productive after reading that book on productivity is that we haven’t created a HABIT of productivity. How do we do that?
The most obvious way to establish a new productivity habit is through REPETITION.
The military and police are all trained for their high-intensity jobs through repetitive training. That’s because creating an automatic response to the situations that they can be exposed to will literally save their lives. Now your day-to-day work may not save lives, but if we approached our habit formation with the same level of commitment, the results that we achieved would be out of this world.
Another overlooked aspect of habit formation is ACCOUNTABILITY.
Accountability can come from within, but that’s a lot harder than having a group that holds you accountable for results. From pro sports, to the military, to professional musicians – we tend to achieve our highest levels of performance with groups of people striving to do the same thing at a level of excellence. The real results from accountability come when other people become involved and personally invested in your success. In fact, the simple act of telling others around you about a new routine is going to drastically increase the probability that you’ll stick to that routine!
This is the key difference in how we train at Lifehack Bootcamp: we bring repetition and group accountability to create an environment of where it’s effortless to create insane productivity habits.
It’s time to stop cramming your mind full of more and more information, and start turning that information in habits that will actually get you the results you’ve been looking for!
Next, we’re going to reveal the 3 secrets of becoming a productivity rockstar. Click the button below to learn more about our One Week Sprint, designed to get you working and living at your peak levels of productivity.
And if you’re curious, here’s some more interesting facts about habit formation:
- 40% of our daily activities are involuntary habits that we have developed over the course of our lives
- Without incentive, habits likely won’t stick for longer than 6 weeks
- The average amount of time it takes to form a new habit is 66 days
- Some people can be classified as “habit-resistant,” in which case it will take up to 9 months for new habits to stick
- People benefit most from public accountability as opposed to personal or private accountability
- The Hawthorne Effect: people perform at a higher efficiency when they are being held outwardly accountable
- 81%-92% of New Year’s Resolutions fail because the habit being sought is too complex to implement immediately
- The likelihood of a habit sticking is drastically lower if the environment you are in (the people around you, your workplace, etc.) doesn’t change too