To Sustain A Habit, You Must Love Doing It

A lot of people say that habits are hard to break. That’s just a load of crap. Habits are easy to break, that is if you don’t like doing them.

This past week I was doing some cold calling work related to my new project. I knew that it was important and that if I just put in the time, soon enough it will become part of my routine. While I wouldn’t enjoy it, the task would become so embedded into my day that I would continue doing it no matter what, right?

Wrong.

Maybe this worked before the information age. We’re both too distracted these days and too comfortable with our freedoms that a boring habit won’t cut it for us any more.

But there is a way around this. You need to love that job, whatever it is, however you can. Lifehack your way around it if you really need to do it. Here are a few tips to get you going:

1. Go deep and find why you need to do it. Is it for your family? Is it a career changer? That deep reason might just be enough to push you to keep at it.

2. Find something about the task you love. This bit of reframing can make an onerous job into something exciting.

3. Add something you love to the work. I like coffee so that’s what makes some of my more dismal tasks more fun.

4. Look for another way to do it. We love challenges and finding new ways to do boring work might just make it less of a brain dead task.

This article is written by Glenn Santos, one of the co-founders of 199Jobs.

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