In the world of content marketing, blogging, selling, writing, or doing anything related to digital stuff; consistency plays a vital role. It is one of the keys to success that people are unaware of. From my point of view, for growing your business and enhancing your personality, consistency is the must-to-have ingredient. It is super easy to write an award-winning article, and easy to create a viral video however creating several viral videos and writing the bulk of award-winning articles is hard.
Why so? As it is the hardest thing to be consistent with such creative stuff. People only show the tendency to commit to some task for a shorter period and they are unable to pursue anything in the long run. For instance, there are plenty of freelancers working out there who would say they aren’t disciplined guys but they still are completing the projects of their clients for weeks, months, and even years.
Why Consistency is so important these Days?
In a world full of chaos, we all need to focus to get to someplace. Consistency is something that can help us get through all of this noise. It helps us create and then stick around to a disciplinary habit.
For example, you are planning to write a blog but due to some sort of procrastination, you are unable to even start it. However, for everything, there must be some starting point that enables us to do that task with dedication and consistency.
You must be thinking the problem is already procrastination, how can we even start when we know we are unable to take even a first step? Yes, you are right! According to research, sticking to something for 30 days is a way of developing a habit and building trust in you. This is for situational cases, of course.
Don’t just look at the numbers, trying something for less than a month is not even trying. Evaluation at the end of the period is a great way to check the results. Some even go for 100 days, some go for a month, and it all varies from situation to situation.
Just by developing the system, you can work on it without quitting. Sometimes it takes even months or years. But giving up in between is the worst idea. There is always a way to continue moving forward.
How to Overcome the Struggle to Stay Consistent
There are some reasons why we keep on running from a certain task but at the same time, we want great results. How can one overcome the struggle to stay consistent, which is broken down below?
Create Implementation Intentions
One study argues how forming implementation intentions affected participants’ exercise motivation and behaviors. For instance, you are about to write a blog on fashion and add it to-do list for tomorrow. For this just write, I am going to write a fashion blog while sipping my tea on the terrace in the morning. This way you not only created implementation intentions but prepared your mind beforehand by mentioning the time, subject, and place.
Eliminate Friction Wherever Possible
Preparing the environment is also a great idea to get rid of procrastination. If you are interested in painting, so the bag you are carrying with you on daily basis should have some colors, your sketchbook, and a pencil. So that every time you see inside your bag, you see the material also that will pump you to take initiative.
Spice up Your Routine
There are plenty of ways to keep your life interesting while maintaining consistency. Like:
- Don’t skip your daily workout but don’t stick to only one routine.
- Write at least 5 pages of your novel daily but switch the location.
- Read at least 20 minutes before bed daily but with alternate genres.
This is how you can take advantage of the same routine without getting bored by just spicing it up a bit.
Set Commitment Devices
Sometimes you don’t need willpower as it doesn’t motivate you either but some small commitment devices work efficiently. This way, you can get committed to something for a longer period. Just talk to yourself, for instance, you are in a class that you don’t want to skip at all. But you are afraid you can end up missing it. For this, you can register yourself to become the prefect of that class. By doing this, you won’t miss the class and will be passed out with zero absences.
In a nutshell, these are some of the approaches to doing something in your life if you are passionate about it. Not every time the issue is in consequences but sometimes we are pushing ourselves away from doing something that we want to do.