Perhaps inspired by the fresh start the New Year brings, many people resolve to incorporate good habits into their daily routines. They focus their energy on getting to the gym every day, flossing their teeth every morning or committing to an hour of proactive lead generation. While everyone focuses on creating good habits, many forget to break the bad habits that may negate all of their positive efforts. While breaking a habit may seem daunting, it takes as much time and energy to break a bad habit as it does to create a good one. Here are a few tips to help you clear the bad habits from your life.
1. Identify your bad habits. We all have them; perhaps we snack too often or eat too much unhealthy food or maybe we scroll through our social media news feeds when we should be listening to our clients on the phone or in meetings. Whatever the habit, it’s important to recognize it. That way you can identify when you’re doing it, and take the steps to correct it immediately.
2. Focus on change. Once you’ve identified a habit to break, commit to doing so. Like forming good habits, it takes 30 days to break bad ones.
3. Make bad habits inconvenient. If you’re finding it difficult to break a habit, make it more inconvenient to do it in the first place. Don’t buy snack food or put it in a locked cupboard, delete social media apps from your smartphone and tablet to avoid the temptation to check it every five minutes. The more inconvenient you make them, the more likely you’ll be able to eliminate them.
4. Raise the stakes. Money is a great incentive to break a habit, especially if it’s coming out of your pocket. Put a dollar into a jar every time you submit to a bad habit. Skip the gym? That’s a buck. Scroll through Facebook or your email when you’re supposed to be generating leads? Put another buck in the jar.
Bad habits may take time to break, but with a bit of focus and commitment, you’ll be able to eliminate them for good. Let Referral Maker™ real estate CRM software help you get rid of your bad habits so that you can focus on creating good ones. Visit Referral Maker to learn more, and to start your 30-day free trial today.