“How do I be more consistent?”
This is the number one question I get when I am helping entrepreneurs build a community online.
This is usually in the area of creating content that will provide value to their audience, but the principles of consistency can apply to any goal.
These 5 simple tips can help you become more consistent at whatever you put your mind to.
1. Start with small goals
If you are struggling with being consistent, the worst thing you could do is to try to sprint after a “mega goal” that is completely unrealistic.
If you’re an entrepreneur trying to create videos for the first time, don’t burden yourself by setting an impossible goal of producing videos every single day.
Start by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals such as making one video every other week to start, then as you get more efficient you can increase the amount you put out.
The important thing to remember when starting out is to produce the best content that you can at that time. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to provide actionable value that your audience can use to move one step closer to their desired change.
2. Schedule your priorities
Now that you have set realistic expectations it’s time to take action. Write down 3 to 5 high-priority tasks will help push you forward towards your goals.
Notice I use the word “high-priority”. I used it on purpose because many times we’ll clutter up our to-do lists with action items that don’t necessarily meet an essential or immediate need. Choose the tasks that will make the biggest impact and turn to your calendar.
Find a time on your calendar where you can devote 30 minutes to an hour just on each task. Not where you can work on them while doing 5 other things, but where you can devote your full energy and attention to the task at hand.
PRO TIP: Save your most important tasks for first thing in the morning, even before you chef your email.
Schedule these priorities with the same urgency as a doctor’s appointment or picking your kids up from school, that way it won’t be put on the back burner when you find that next piece of link bait on Facebook.
You must intentionally schedule time for consistency or else it will never be a necessity.
3. Expect hiccups
Don’t expect to hit a homerun every time you come up to bat. If you want to be consistent you must be mindful that you are bound to miss some days, especially in the beginning.
However, having the right mindset when you stumble can make all the difference in becoming more consistent.
Most people never adopt a new habit or skill because they give up after the first few times they stumble. Rather than seeing it as a failure, look for the reason why you stumbled, identify the lesson to be learned, pick yourself up and keep moving forward.
Your trials serve to strengthen you not stop you.
4. Celebrate your wins and milestones
It is super important that you celebrate your wins and milestones, especially at the beginning of your journey to becoming more consistent.
Mini celebrations serve as encouragement to keep pressing on while showing you had far you’ve come since you first set out on your journey.
Reward yourself when you hit your goals, it’s the right thing to do.
5. Regularly assess your progress
The world’s most productive people not only take the time to plan their week in advance but also take the time to review it on a frequent basis.
I like to take time on Sunday’s to review what effect my high-priority tasks had on the goals I am trying to achieve.
- What worked well?
- What didn’t work so well?
- What can be done to improve?
- And what needs to be learned in order to improve?
These types of questions can help you map out the next steps of action items needed in order to make the next big leap in your entrepreneurial pursuit.
Remember, you can’t progress unless you assess.