What if you could make it easier to change your habits and meet your goals? That’s the promise of The Key to Lasting Changes: Think Goal, Not Tactic on the Harvard Business Review Blog. Elizabeth Grace Saunders. The post’s author, proposes three steps to help “identify tactics that will actually work for you and keep your focus on your big objectives:”
- Determine which goals you’ve been unable to meet despite your best efforts;
- Brainstorm other tactics you could use to achieve your goals; and
- Test one of your hypotheses.
As Saunders recognizes, change will always require discipline, patience, and practice. In other words, change requires effort, but it doesn’t have to be hard.
I’ve been using these steps recently to change a long-standing but detrimental habit of using my email inbox as a tickler file. Using a new folder for items that require follow up and an If Then Then That recipe to create a reminder on my calendar, I’ve been able to clear those items from my inbox. Not only is my inbox cleaner (which feels good), but I’m better at follow-up. That’s a huge win.
What would you like to change? Give Saunder’s process a try. I’d love to know how it works for you.