How to Create Productivity Habits

Developing habits is one of the easiest ways to boost your productivity. The hardest part is developing productivity habits that stick, we’ll get to that in a moment.

Why are habits useful?

Habits help you to free your mind, so you can do the more detail-oriented thinking. Habits can help your brain latch itself onto something which, over time, require less time and less memory in order for it to happen. It’s easier to remember a patter or a regular routine than something new each day.

Habit adoption for creating productivity habits that stick

An example of habit adoption is by working with themes. Each day and month has its own overall theme. You can even apply themes per day or per week. With these themes your mind knows what you need to focus on. Over time, your mind will almost automatically know what work you do on Monday before you even need to look at your to-do list. This change only takes place when you intentionally develop the habit of applying daily themes. Without the power of habit, these themes are less powerful.

Once you start combining productivity habits, you’ll create routines. My morning route looks something like this:

  • Drink a glass of water;
  • Shave;
  • Make a cup of tea;
  • Review my to-do list.

My evening route consists of these habits:

Working on routines and making them stick is one of the key elements to a more productive life. When you stack habits, in order to form routines, they become more powerful and are easier to keep. Learning a new habit is very often one of the most challenging things. It’s hard to start something new and stick to it.

Productivity habits are hard to learn as well, but they come with something that makes adoption a bit more easy: a reward. Whenever you stick to a productive habit, you’ll reap the rewards. This gratification makes it easier to form a habit. If you have trouble with forming a new habit try working with other rewards, or try creating commitment towards your habit.

Don’t try and change many habits at once, try to change one habit at a time. Focus on one habit and accept the changes in phases.

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