Compounding habits

Let’s take a collection of habits that could be part of your work day today.

  • Starting the day by writing and committing to 3 priorities
  • Having a quick map of the meetings for the day
  • Batch scheduling your appointments
  • Doing the pre-read
  • Sending the pre-read
  • Showing up on time
  • Scheduling time to think without interruption
  • Checking your notifications less
  • Carrying yourself with positive energy
  • Seeking to understand
  • Responding to communication in a timely manner
  • Being present in meetings
  • Eating healthy
  • Prioritizing relationship building by making time for walks, catch ups and coffee
  • Writing clearly – in emails and documents
  • Taking a step back and looking at the big picture
  • Switching off

Many of these are small and simple habits. And, yet, every one of these, individually, can make a marked difference to our productivity.

Our effectiveness is simply a combination of our habits at work. The trick lies in the fact that these habits don’t simply add up. Their effect compounds as we add more of these to our fold. Suddenly, days become consistently productive and people begin to understand that your presence signals momentum and effectiveness.

The beauty about the journey toward effectiveness is that we don’t suddenly become effective with one drastic change. We get there one small habit at a time. And, of course, we can start doing that today.

We first make our habits and, then, our habits make us.