Do you crave freedom, but fear routine? I’m going flip the switch on this one, by saying that if you start being consistent, you will find more freedom. There is freedom in knowing what’s happening when, freedom in developing your know, like and trust factor, and freedom in setting a guideline for your working hours, so that you can have a life!
I’ve compiled a list to help you start being consistent, even if you struggle to stick at something for more than a day or two. Consistency is actually where freedom is – it provides a framework you can trust, reduces the chaos and reigns in your creativity so that you can get things done without burning out!
Even if it’s something short each day, like tracking your money, consistency can have a powerful impact. Showing up regularly for your tribe allows them to trust you, and working within a sustainable schedule allows you to make time for your self care – instead of working 24/7 because your to do list never ends!
Here’s how you can start being consistent:
- Don’t worry if you fall off the wagon. We all do.The main thing to remember is to get back on.
Start your chain again, and try and get more links than the last time.
Life sometimes gets in the way – it doesn’t mean that you have failed or are not good enough – ever.
- Stop being a perfectionist.
There’s probably not much room for perfectionism in the entrepreneurial world. You need to have an experimentalist mentality (now there’s a mouthful!).It will be hard to be consistent if you
a) are too hard on yourself when you fall of the wagon
b) spend too long tweaking everything until it’s perfect
c) procrastinate putting your content and beautiful face out there
- Be accountable.
I’m externally motivated and true to my word, so if I tell someone I’m going to show up at a certain time, I will.
Telling someone, or having an accountability buddy, or a consistency coach (ha – just made that one up, but keen to do it if you need it!) is a proven method to build habits and consistency.
- Start small.
The KISS principle, like so many things, works here too. Whenever I try and step up and be consistently consistent, I get all excited and try to do too many things at once – and it gets overwhelming, because is all to much.
One thing at a time, until it’s comfortable, and you don’t have to make excuses for it!
- Stop waiting for inspiration to hit.
Let’s be honest, you could be waiting a long time. Get clear on what you need to do by breaking it down & make a start.
- Set up systems for repetitive and regular tasks.
Record the steps and follow them.
You have the systems in place already, you might not think of them that way though. Trust that you have a process, and stick with it.
You don’t need to re-create it every time you do it – and you don’t have to try and remember it all the time when it’s written down somewhere, or recorded in a schedule.
- Create a schedule.
This one is KEY.
If you don’t know when it’s time to do your email marketing newsletter, it will be always on your list. Your to do list will grow and grow – and that’s when overwhelm hits and you don’t know where to start.
If you know Monday is for drafting your blog, and Thursday is for posting your blog and sending out your newsletter, you can get on with other work on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A schedule that you can trust, that won’t leave you exhausted and that allows your fans to know, like and trust you – because you’re consistently building those relationships – now that’s a valuable asset.You can learn how to create a schedule in my new course the #nomoreburnout Scheduling System.