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Chaos Proof Your Habits and Routines

When I became a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid (one of the best jobs on the planet), I learned just how difficult keeping habits and routines while traveling really is. While I still struggle with this challenge, there are a few tips I’d like to pass on to help you keep moving towards your goals, posthaste.

Enjoy and pass along to your chaotic good friends.

Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

Focus

Choose one habit or routine at a time to perfect, using Benjamin Franklin’s method by which he practiced his 13 virtues (read through to page 42).

Calendar or Reminders or Post-its?

Choose whatever method which would make sure you are reminded at the appropriate time, whether that be email, phone, calendar (paper or digital), a reminder app or a simple Post-it note on your forehead.

Reference Materials

Next, create an Evernote notebook (or whatever system you prefer) where you will store any information regarding keeping your routine or habit flowing. That could be a checklist, the hours your gym is open, phone numbers to call, etc.

If you don’t want to go digital, use a small notebook or index card. Whatever method you choose, make sure it allows you to retrieve the information you need, when you need it.

Tools

Make sure that whatever tools you need (physical, digital or otherwise) are also readily available. Take the time to research which tools will best help you stick to your habit or routine.

For example, if running is one of the habits you want to develop, invest the time and money into the right gear. Then make sure that gear is readily available at any time you could go for a run.

Measure

In order to continuously improve, you must measure your progress. This can be as simple as a hash mark on a piece of paper, or as sophisticated as an app such as Lift. Use whatever you will commit to using daily.

Execute

Start right now!

Pick your first habit and choose today’s date as your lucky number.

Godspeed!

Comments

  1. Good points! Of all your points, which would you say is the most important part? I'd vote for Execute, but having good tools as a second.

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