I think I found the 4 secret keys to consistency
I struggled my entire life searching for consistency. I read about successful people who owe their success to theirs, and I wanted to be one of them. But I never had the same strength. And I thought I was the problem.
But as with most problems you build in your head, each has a solution. Everything is fixable if you focus on it long enough. And for me, consistency took long enough, but I finally figured it out.
So here is how to become a consistency master and create more content than ever. Or, at least, how I did it.
But first, let’s talk about the reasons consistency is so hard.
Why is consistency so hard?
Consistency is hard for many reasons. And depending on how you associate it with other topics, you may solve consistency with different methods.
Until today, I found four causes that prevented me from achieving consistency: high intensity, procrastination, perfectionism, and short-term vision. But before explaining how I escaped those problems, let’s analyze them better.
1 — Similarity with high-intensity tasks
Associating consistency with intensity makes a daily task even more challenging to complete. And this is the main reason why you will not become a consistency master.
You do not need to write 4000 words a day to be consistent. Neither you need to create content for six hours.
If you have ever set goals like these, you know they have a high failure rate because the coupling between consistency and intensity ruins them. It demoralizes you before even starting. So you delay the task because of its high requirements until you eventually skip it.
2 — Procrastination as a habit
As soon as you transform procrastination into a habit, everything else will be harder to do. And it will take a lot of mental fortitude to rebuild healthy habits while trying not to procrastinate.
Procrastination is a consistency killer. When you build a procrastination habit, everything is a cue for delaying other tasks. But not everything can become a cue for consistency. And the discrepancy of neuro signals makes it harder to distinguish between many wrong actions and a few good ones.
Also, contrary to procrastination, consistency requires activation of the brain. So it is much harder to pick the second.
3 — Perfectionism tendencies
Together with intensity, perfectionism is the other great enemy of consistency.
You will never be consistent if you aim for perfection because you will demoralize yourself continuously.
You can’t achieve the ideal content. It’s impossible. And if you keep trying, you will have to pick yourself up every day until you give up for good.
4 — Lack of long-term goals
Lack of long-term goals is another cause that won’t make you become a consistency master.
When you have a short-term vision of life, you can’t see the infinite possibilities it offers. And even if you set goals that will add up in the long term, you will not recognize it.
You are not only writing 30 minutes a day but two articles a week or even more. You are not reading ten pages a day but 300 pages a month. And supposing the average book has 300 pages, you are reading 12 books a year.
It doesn’t matter how small the task is — consistency always transforms it into something more. But you need to find the correct long-term vision to understand it.
How to become more consistent
There are many ways in which you can become a consistency master. But not each of them works for everyone.
Depending on your main problem, you may want to address one consistency method instead of another. But here, I will share four methods that correlate with the issues above.
1 — Split consistency and intensity.
Consistency only requires you to build up a project every day. Nothing more.
So if you tend to pair it with challenging daily goals like writing two articles or four hours per day, you will never be consistent. On the other hand, if you try to achieve a small part of those demanding tasks, you might succeed.
So if you use daily tasks or to-do lists, split them into two parts: the desired to-do list and the consistent one. Then, put the challenging daily activities on the first and 10–20% of each activity on the second.
- Write two articles per day (2000 words approx). → Write 200 words for consistency.
- Create content for four hours. → Create content for 24–48 minutes for consistency.
The tasks in the second list are so easy you can do them more than once. So you will continue to work on your projects most of the days.
2 — Increase your focus as soon as you wake up.
A procrastination habit might be one of the most common problems you may face on your journey. And it won’t be simple to get rid of it.
But I noticed most of the procrastination problems come from a bad start to the day. And if you find a way to increase your focus as soon as you wake up, you will procrastinate less.
For example, if I go to the gym in the morning instead of waking up late, I am more motivated to work on my projects.
Waking up early and exercising fills my day with satisfaction, energy, and positive vibes. Therefore, I am more inclined to work instead of procrastinating.
So find an activity that gives you the same energy and use it to become a consistency master.
3 — Limit your time to fight perfectionism.
The only way to defeat perfectionism is by limiting the time spent on a task.
If you keep editing your content and always find something that doesn’t work, there are only two possibilities:
- Perhaps you suck at content creation, so you must find a way to improve.
- Or maybe you are a perfectionist, so you must find a way to hit the publish button.
In both cases, editing your work too much may even worsen it. So give yourself a time limit for the editing process, and publish whatever you have at the end.
Of course, you cannot publish an incomplete article or video. So don’t limit the creative period. Restrict only the editing and post-processing period instead.
4 — Use short to long-term imaging.
Instead of being ashamed of how much work you complete daily and how little it seems compared to your final goals, think about how much you can achieve in the long run by showing up daily. And do not forget about the power of the compound effect.
Every time you feel like you haven’t done enough and need some motivation, take your daily consistency tasks and multiply them by 30 and then by 365. You will see how much a recursive action adds up over time, and you will reframe your motivation for the following day.
Whether you are a content creator or not, each of us searches for consistency in his life. Perhaps to finish the book you always wanted to write. Or maybe to keep going to the gym every day.
Whatever the reason, you need to find what stops you from being consistent and become a consistency master.
- Write two different lists for expected goals and consistency goals if you struggle with the intensity of your tasks.
- Find a way to increase your focus as soon as you wake up if you have a procrastination habit.
- Limit the time you spend editing your content or trying to reach perfection about anything.
- And reframe your long-term vision to refill your motivation and realize how much you can achieve with simple and repetitive tasks.
And if you follow these four steps, you will become a consistency master.
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