I recently surveyed my email subscribers (you can take the survey here if you feel inclined!) and one thing I saw over and over (and over) again was people struggling to be consistent.
Consistent with blogging. Consistent with social media. Heck, just consistent in life in general!
And it makes sense why people want to be more consistent. Being consistent helps you achieve your goals. Being consistent helps you make positive changes in your life.
But I think something that people forgot or don’t want to realize is that sometimes being consistent is hard. Life gets in the way. Things get thrown off track. And then we throw in the towel because we’re no longer “consistent.”
That’s the biggest problem with being consistent. Hardly ever does anyone have a plan for when they fail, so they give up.
And to be honest, you will fail. There will be a day where you don’t do the thing you want to be consistent at. But what matters is how you react to it.
Being consistent does not mean being perfect. Let me repeat that.
Being consistent does not mean being perfect.
It’s not an all or nothing mentality you have to have. Small gains add up to big results over time. You have to be patient to be more consistent and that’s hard for some people.
But all hope is not lost! I’ve compiled my best tips on being more consistent with blogging, social media, and basically anything in life. I’ve also included a worksheet to help keep you on track!
Often I see that people want to start being consistent with several different things all at one time.
“I want to be consistent with social media, blogging, meditating, exercising, meal prepping, yoga, and journaling…all at the same time! Oh, and I’ve never done any of these things…ever!”
While it’s great to be ambitious about being consistent throughout many facets of your life, it’s also not realistic to do if you’re starting from scratch.
If you’ve never or hardly ever done any of these things in your life before, you can’t expect yourself to start being consistent with all of them at the same time. It’s impossible and you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Pick one thing to start being more consistent at. Make sure it’s something you actually want to do, and not that you feel like you have to do.
After you select your one thing, make that the top priority of each day. No matter what you will be doing that one thing.
Eventually, this will lead to a habit to where you just do the one thing without even thinking about. It will start to feel easier. You may be able to do it in a shorter amount of time.
I’m all for sharing tips on what works for me (hello, I’ve shared plenty of posts about how I stay organized and less overwhelmed), but when it comes down to it you need to pick a routine that works for you.
Exercising in the morning may seem like your ideal time to get your workout in because everyone else says you should exercise in the morning but if you hate early mornings you won’t do it.
Be honest with yourself and pick a routine that works for you and your life. We all have different priorities in life and it’s okay to do your own thing at your own pace.
Batching, which I’ve discussed before on the blog, is essentially doing similar tasks all together at the same time. I batch similar tasks all the time throughout my entire life and it makes a world of difference.
For instance, I meal prep on Sundays for the following week. I spend 1-2 hours prepping healthy breakfasts/lunches/dinners so my husband and I prepared for the week ahead with healthy meals.
This helps me consistently feel healthy and energized throughout my days because the hassle of cooking for an hour at night every night is taken away.
Now do I prep every single meal? No.
Do I miss some weeks? Of course. In fact, I missed this Sunday because we were moving (ugh…I hate moving).
But that doesn’t mean I stop doing it all together because I missed a week or two.
Doing similar tasks all at the same time also helps me spend less time overall doing the tasks, which hello…who doesn’t like saving time?!
Some people need the extra motivation from someone else to hold them accountable and that’s totally fine! Grab yourself an accountability partner and start getting consistent.
What’s important to remember is that you need to be honest with your accountability partner about what you want to become more consistent in and how they can help you if you fall off the wagon. As well as why you are looking for an accountability partner.
Figure out what your individual needs are so they can help you in the best way possible. Do you need a text every morning? Once a week check-in? Skype session every other Monday? You decide what works for you and make sure your accountability partner knows that.@BrittneyLLynn covers how to be more consistent with #blogging, #socialmedia, & basically anything else in life Click To Tweet
If you don’t set yourself up for success you won’t become more consistent in anything in life.
If you want to wake up each morning at 5am to start the day but you don’t go to bed until midnight every night, you may have a hard time with consistently waking up alert and ready to take on the day.
Think of the steps you need to do before you start your consistent task and make sure you have the right tools to set yourself up for success.
If you want to get more consistent at social media, plan time in your day to focus on a particular platform or start using a scheduling tool. If you want to wake up early, make sure to go to bed early enough. If you want to exercise more consistently, try finding exercise classes that you enjoy and feel less like “working out.”
When you finally get to the part of doing the task that you want to be more consistent at, limit distractions as much as possible.
Limiting distractions gives you the space to actually succeed with consistently doing a task.
One thing I want to point out is that you shouldn’t be choosing something to be consistent at that you don’t truly want to be consistent at. I realize that may seem obvious, but many times (myself included!) we as a society think we need to be doing what everyone else is doing. Make sure you are choosing habits that enhance your life, not anyone else’s.