Welcome to WAHD Productivity Elements (PE for short). This is a seven part series related to different productivity elements that are important to internalize and apply in every work at home dad’s (WAHD) daily life.
Each part of this series focuses on one important element (nutrition, systems …) that is needed in order to keep a WAHD as productive as possible.
Every post focuses on one certain WAHD group and contains an interview regarding that particular group member.
Not only is it important to understand these elements, but it is also important to realize how these elements are used in real life scenarios.
Previous posts on this series:
- Part 1: Why Flexibility is the Key to Being Super Productive: A Conversation with Bill Nickerson, WAHD Internet Marketer
- Part 2: Ninja Productivity and a Balanced Lifestyle With Craig Jarrow
- Part 3: Stop Wasting Time Already – Master the Tools of Productivity With Michael ”Nozbe” Sliwinski
- Part 4: Why You Should (Or Maybe SHOULDN’T!) Hire a Coach (Interview With @DannyIny)
- Part 5: How to Create a Blogging Workflow That Rocks! [Workbook + Infographic]
- Part 6: How to Improve Your Focus When Writing – Even When Working From Home [Free Report]
“A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them.” ~Frank A. Clark
Meet Joe. Yet another day has passed and he feels exactly like in any other day: he hasn’t got any work done.
Paper piles are growing on his desk, deadlines are looming for a couple of personal projects and his inbox is filling up with emails.
Yup, Joe has been procrastinating. This is causing him to feel unsatisfied about himself.
Joe knows he needs to get his work done, yet he doesn’t seem be able to find enough energy to take care of those tasks in a timely manner.
Don’t just blame the conditions
One part of Joe’s problem is the time he has available for his work. His family takes up quite a bit of his time during the evenings, so he doesn’t have any time to work on his personal projects.
Even if he does manage to work during the evenings, his kids distract him as soon as he turns on his computer. Constant interruption is a reality in his household and he knows that it is impossible to focus on his work.
Joe’s low energy levels form another part of his problem. He is very tired when he gets home from work and the last thing he wants to do is turn on his computer and start working again.
Lack of time, lack of energy and distraction: Joe thinks that these are the causes of his procrastination and the growing pile of paper on his desk.
Unfortunately, Joe won’t solve his problems by blaming his external conditions. Something else has to change first.
Let’s check your routine
We’ll notice something very interesting when we start analyzing Joe’s behaviours and his current results (or the lack of them).
Joe seems to have a routine way of doing things every day: he wakes up at 7.30am, takes a quick shower, grabs some toast and some coffee, then heads to work.
He might go to the grocery store and buy some food for his family before he comes home from work at 6pm.
As soon as he gets home, he might drink a cup of coffee and watch some television. He feels kind of “numb” and tired after a long day at the office.
After watching television and drinking his coffee, Joe’s kids start to pulling his sleeve and beg him to play with them. Joe has also some catching up to do with his wife: he needs to ask how her day was and whether the kids behaved nicely during the day.
The evening follows the same routine as every other day: dinner with the family, put the kids to bed and watch a show on the television (the Game of Thrones).
Finally, Joe spends a couple of moments talking about the events of the day with his wife until they turn the lights off and get some sleep.
I bet you know how Joe feels, so I have a question for you. Can you guess the two magic words that describe his situation accurately?
Yes, it’s ineffective habits.
When you look closer at Joe’s day, you will realize that his life consists of many unproductive and ineffective habits. These habits seem to eat up the majority of Joe’s day, thus lowering his energy levels to zero.
By replacing a couple of ineffective habits with productive ones, Joe’s well-being and productivity would improve dramatically. In other words, he might have a chance to keep his desk clean of the paperwork if he’d make some changes in his life.
Do you have any habits to help you?
Some habits are formed very easily while it’s very difficult to make others stick. I bet you’ve also found that it is much easier to slip into bad habits than to form good ones.
While you can create a bunch of bad habits, it is also possible to create new and powerful habits that will change your life.
For instance, these are the good habits that I have created for myself in the last few years:
- Becoming an early riser
- Eating healthy (thus losing weight)
- Exercising daily
- Becoming more productive
- Reading and writing on a daily basis
There is one habit that connects all these new, powerful habits on my list: the replacement habit (I replaced old habits with new ones). When you decide to replace an older habit with a new one, miracles will occur.
Even if the change is only a minor one, it can still yield massive results in the long run.
That’s the real power of habits: if you keep executing them consistently, they will change your life – for better or for worse.
Here’s how Joe changed his life
Here are the elements you need to master before you can start a new, successful habit:
1. Awareness: realizing that there is a need for a new habit or replacing an old one.
2. Motivation and mindsets: having the right mindset and motivation to learn a new habit.
3. Preparation: making small preparations to execute your new habit every day.
4. Launch phase: deciding on the optimum date to start a new habit.
5. Execution: executing the habit consistently using the right tools to help.
6. Exceptions and allowance: preparing for some exceptions to your new rules and allowing yourself temporary breaks from your good habit.
7. Triggers: being aware of what makes you want to get rid of the old habit.
8. Support group: selecting people to support you, if you slip back into your old habit.
The previous 8 points are just an overview of the steps you need to take. If you want to learn the specifics of learning a new habit (with an example of how Joe fixed his situation), download my free e-book to find out more:
All you have to do is to right-click the book cover and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/FireFox) or “Save Target As” (Internet Explorer) in your browser!
Creating new habits requires work, but with proper planning (and with the information I provided here), the process should be easier a bit more straightforward.
Grab the e-book now and start forming new successful habits!