We all want to work smarter, faster, better, get more accomplished, be more productive, get the job done quicker, make more money – my head is spinning just thinking about this! But how can we truly accomplish more in less time? Unfortunately there is no quick fix to this age-old problem and the reason begins with our brain.
An article in Psychology Today explains why it takes at least 45 days to train what they call our “mammal brain” to change bad habits to good habits. Our brain is wired to equate bad feelings with survival threats, so that repeating a bad habit becomes easy because it makes you feel good, which stimulates your brain into “action.”
When you have the urge to do something you know is a bad habit, fight that urge and replace it with a more positive action. For example, instead of eating a donut, eat a carrot! That first step of resisting the urge is the hardest to do, but if you can fight it each time and continue for at least 45 days, you will then have built a brand new pathway in your brain that equates the new good habit with survival. Eating the donut won’t make you feel good anymore because of your new brain pathway that now gets stimulated by eating a carrot.
The conclusion here is that time management is self management – you need to know when you are at your optimum performance to complete your tasks and work this into your daily routine. Bad habits that we have allowed to develop over the years won’t just stop by accident. You have to take the time to establish new behaviors and it’s imperative to continue on with your approach, even if you have some setbacks along the way. Always think of the 45 day process needed to develop new pathways in your brain, and soon you will have some better time management habits that your brain will love.
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