If you suffer from ADD and/or depression, you know that it can be next to impossible to create consistency for yourself.
If I had a nickel for every time I tried to create and follow a daily schedule, I wouldn’t need one any more because I could hire someone to make one for me and get me to stick to it.
Being self-employed doesn’t make it any easier, because I don’t even have the benefit of a schedule imposed by an employer. In a lot of ways, I was actually a lot more productive when I had a 9-to-5.
I absolutely believe that if I were able to take one small – tiny, even – miniscule! – step each day toward my biggest goals, I would absolutely crush them inside of a year.
Go big or go home is bullshit. Every time I have tried to make big changes in my life (with maybe one or two exceptions), “home” is exactly where I ended up. Back at the start. Home plate. Struck out.
Slow and steady wins the race for sure. Back in August 2010 I decided I was going to take up running. I was never the athletic sort. I was the sort that tried everything possible to get out of gym class. But I was trying to lose weight and Couch to 5k was becoming a thing, so I figured I would try it.
I started out not being able to run for even one minute straight.
In November 2010 I ran my first 5k.
In March 2011 I ran my first 8k.
In November 2011 I ran my first half marathon.
In October 2012 I ran my first marathon.
I started by taking small steps, improved through consistency, and ultimately covered a distance of 26.2 miles only two years after my first slow, painful, sweaty, jiggly, embarrassing steps.
This year I’m going to be consistent. I don’t quite know yet how I am going to accomplish this. I am in research mode. An accountability partner would be awesome – I gotta find one of those!
What tips do you have for creating and successfully developing good habits and following a routine?
What is your word of the year?