1. Identify your keystone habits that lead to success
What are keystone habits? These are your basic habits used routinely but do not confuse them with routines. A routine requires intention and effort, whereas a habit, once set, will happen effortlessly and without much thought.
Your keystone habits will evolve over time, building upon each other. For example, a simple core morning routine that includes exercise, reading, and meditation will build by improving your overall health and mindset, which can lead to getting more creative at work.
Set yourself up for success from the start by setting small goals, your keystone habits, such as deep breathing for five minutes before you get out of bed, or being on time for a meet-up with friends. As these habits begin to take hold, notice how larger habits begin to form.
Also, by setting small goals you’re much more likely to meet them. The benefit of meeting these small goals leads to the mindset where you start expecting success. Then as you start to feel the energy of that success, you create motivation to keep going.
2. Adopt small changes that will have a big impact
A small change can have a big impact when it is done correctly. As a copywriter, I ask myself "what will make this piece of content better?" and then I make those small edits accordingly. Some of the small changes I have adopted are:
- Making sure that the content is easy to read.
- Making sure that the content is written in an active voice instead of a passive one.
- Using short, to the point sentences.
Just by making these small changes, I've watched my click-through rate increase to 2.8%!
3. Set achievable goals and track your progress throughout the day
There are a number of apps that can be used to help you keep track of your tasks and goals.
ClickUp is a productivity app that will help you monitor and manage your daily tasks. It even has a feature allowing you to set up checklists for different projects so you can easily see how much progress you have made on them. Other features include communication and collaboration tools, task assignments and statuses, alerts, and a task toolbar.
Habitica puts the fun in your task list and keeps you focused. If you like to game, this is the task-list tool for you! Complete quests (daily tasks), level up your avatar and pets, and battle monsters with friends or team members.
Mini-Habits not only change how we do things but change how we think and act. Making a practice of Mini-habits every day will build up those larger habits that you’ve been trying to build all along.