What To Do When Your Resolutions Are Slipping

We’re 27 days into the new year. How are those resolutions going?

First of all, if you haven’t entirely reinvented your work habits; if your team hasn’t fully embraced new ways of working: it’s okay. As much as we might want change to be as quick as flipping a switch, the reality is that it takes time. That whole “it takes 21 days to establish a habit”? It’s actually closer to 66 days (and could take well up to eight months). In other words, you’re not even halfway there. Celebrate the changes you have achieved, and identify future milestones that will help you know you’re making progress.

If you have adopted some new habits, but had a few slip-ups or even—gasp—missed a few days: that’s okay, too. It’s easy to feel like “breaking the chain” means that you’re starting back at zero, but the truth is that the occasional mistake (as long as it is, in fact, occasional) doesn’t have to be a setback. Instead of giving up, forgive yourself, and press on with the new and improved way of doing things.

And if you haven’t even started? We get it. You may have had the best intentions to change once you got back to the office, but life happened. If you’re genuinely committed to change, take a moment to think about how you can prioritize it. Ask yourself: what can I STOP doing? Look for one thing that will free up a little time: maybe it’s delegating someone else to attend a meeting, or not sending a report that no one seems to read.

The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone. If you’ve identified a specific challenge that your organization must address, like onboarding, or your team just isn't performing at their best, you need our 30-Day Team Intensive: a hands-on immersion in the critical skills required to innovate and collaborate. We work side-by-side with your team to help them iterate on solutions and develop best practices for working together. Within a month, not only will your team will be re-energized by all the changes they've made, they’ll also have a plan for spreading news ways of working to other teams. Just think: one month from now, you could make major progress on a goal you've been trying to reach for years. Ask us today about what we can help you achieve with your Team Intensive.

Of course, if you have managed to completely change your work culture in 28 days—congrats! Won’t you be so kind as to forward this to a friend who might need a little nudge?

 
 

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