Even if some challenges don’t affect you personally, this one will!
We may fall off the wagon from time to time. It could be during an increase in workload, a spell of sickness or some other unexpected change. And the setback loses our flow, the inbox quickly grows, we stop trusting our system and we again feel overwhelmed.
Like any new behaviour, it needs embedding as a habit into the daily schedule. Research shows that it can take up to two years to make it second nature, and even then we can still fall off. It’s not that it will take two years to benefit from implementing the approach; benefits will happen immediately.
However, I wished somebody had warned me when I was starting this journey.
The only way to feel totally in control and never face stress whatsoever, is to resign yourself to a life lacking in adventure; perhaps a little dull.
The key isn’t to stay on the bike; it’s to know how to get back on the bike when you fall off. Take comfort in these two basic facts:
1) when you fall off this process, your in good company and
2) just as it’s easy to fall off, it’s really easy to get back going again.
Don’t let this be the end of your new, improved processes.
All that’s needed is to begin any one of the 5 stages of the Plan framework again. Possibly try the capturing phase, re-invigorating the tools or getting some new ones.
Another excellent kickstart is to to do a Weekly Review. Just going through the 3 elements, “Catch It”, “Update It” and “Inspire It” will help revive the initial enthusiasm again. Doing a one off weekly review will immediately remind you of the effectiveness of the approach.
So don’t lose heart – just drop the guilt, dust yourself off, and get going once again.
Have you fallen off? What helped you get going again? Feel free to comment below …