According to Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit, a keystone habit is one that is tied directly to lots of other habits in one’s life. Change the keystone habit, and change your life.
I’ve determined my keystone habit to be my daily planning process. When I do this every day, I generally get my practice done and keep the main thing the main thing. When I don’t, the crosshairs of my focus gradually move from what’s important to me, to what’s urgently pressing upon me. And my practice goes by the wayside.
So I’ve been working hard to make this planning ritual part of my morning coffee time every day:
- Review my vision.
- Review my goals.
- Review my project lists.
- Review my calendar.
- Review my tasks by domain.
You’ve probably seen a list like this before. I sometimes think I’ve read every self-help book ever written, and you could find a list like this in one of Stephen Covey’s books, or say Dennis Waitley, or David Allen.
I have struggled with every item on the list. My step-father was and is a successful business man and a great list maker. He always kept his To Do list prominently in the middle of his desk. He had a list for every day, for every job, for every work crew. He was great at getting things done.
I resisted this key insight into successful living into my thirties, and by then it was a tough habit to learn.
Life would be so much easier if only we would learn from our parents.
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