For instance, if one of your goals is to lose weight this year, fill your ref and pantry with healthy food choices.
On the other hand, if you want to become more productive while working from home, turn a spare room in your house into a home office and decorate it so that it’ll set the vibe for you to get on work mode more easily. If you don’t have a spare room, choose an area in your home where you’ll get the least distractions possible.
2. Make the Systems for Your Set Goals Appealing
Creating a new system to help you achieve your set goals requires you to change. The problem is that no one likes change. It’s uncomfortable, stressful, and sometimes, just downright unnerving.
Rewarding yourself by doing something you want to do will make the change more bearable for you.
When it comes to choosing the rewards you’ll associate with your systems to make them more appealing, there are two things that you need to consider.
First, it needs to match the amount of effort you put in. Pairing a massive goal with a teeny reward won’t entice you to stay consistent with it.
Second, it should align with your set goals. If your goal is to lose weight, rewarding yourself with a slice of cake after completing your workout would just cancel out all that hard work you put in. The same thing is true if you go out shopping for one item after saving a certain amount in your bank account the previous month.
3. Make It Easy
Although I initially learned about this in the book Atomic Habits, I only fully understood this one afternoon while standing on the balcony of my future mother-in-law’s house.
One of the workers in their bakery was about to leave for the day on his motorcycle. He pressed the ignition, but it didn’t start immediately. After several attempts, he finally got it running. Once he did, everything was smooth sailing.
You see, it’s not the actual journey of achieving your set goals that’s daunting and overwhelming. It’s starting on a journey that’s challenging. But once you begin the process, everything will become easier.
That’s why when it comes to creating your systems, make them easy enough that there’s no friction to getting started.