Are you in need of new habits to grow your business? This could be getting in the habit of tracking your monthly finances. Or it could be posting more on social media. Or it could be setting up your email funnel, or learning a new skill, or… There are countless areas in our businesses where we can create better habits.
But let's be real, getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. Especially as a busy entrepreneur. We often pick up bad habits without even realizing it, but getting into a "good" habit is more difficult.
In hopes of making it a bit easier for all of us, I'm gonna break it down into a three step process. This will make it easy to follow until we’ve internalized the new behavior and made it a true habit – something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth.
Step One: Decide What You Want To Do The first step is to decide what you want your new habit to be. That simple. But be as specific as possible. Don’t just tell yourself you want to post more on social media. Instead say something like “I will post on Instagram every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday”. Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how you’re going to do it, is half the battle. Step Two: Remind Yourself To Get It Done The next few days should be pretty smooth. You'll be motivated and excited to get this done. Sticking to your new habit won't be an issue. But a week or so from now you’ll notice that it’s easy to slip back into old habits.
Maybe you get a new client or an influx of sales and you have so much work to do. Or maybe your day just gets away from you. This is when it’s helpful to have a reminder. Create a social media calendar and choose which days you'll post and what pillar you'll pull from for the post. This way, you won't have to think about it too much when it's time to post. (If you're not familiar with social media pillars and how to use them, register for my upcoming webinar where I'll teach you how to create a social media calendar.) Step Three: Make It Part Of Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit It takes some time before a new behavior becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage. Even before the new behavior becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower or relying on daily reminders.
Save a draft of your post for the following day every night before dinner. Or be very intentional and plan 30 mins - 1 hour in your schedule per week to create a social media calendar for the next week, schedule posts, and come up with content ideas for the future.