Want to know what the easiest way to change behavior is?
Just keep track.
It is amazing but true that simply writing things down, without changing anything else has been shown to change habits very effectively.
For example, let’s say that you want to lose weight. If you keep a journal of everything that you eat, as honestly and carefully as you can, you will find that over time you will lose weight. This is true even if you do not consciously change a single eating habit, add exercise to the mix, or join a weight loss program. Mind you, those things might speed up weight loss (and have other health benefits), but simply writing down everything that you eat will cause change to begin all on its own.
If you want to increase revenue in your business, or make your subscriber list bigger or double your client base, for example, start keeping track! Post your goals in a prominent place in the office and keep a visible running tally of what the numbers are right now and you will begin to see those numbers rise.
If you would like to increase the amount of pages you write for your novel each day (or week), post a log or calendar by your desk or the side of your bed. Each day make a note of how many pages you wrote.
What is happening in all of these examples is not magic–although it can feel like someone waved fairy dust over your goal. It is the simple act of noticing that changes everything. Some of our more Buddha-like friends would call this mindfulness.
It is taking unconscious behavior and making it conscious. Without putting any real effort into it, and perhaps without even realizing it at all, you will begin to subtly alter your eating habits, take actions that will increase your subscribor list and write more.
If you like, you can get creative with your tracking device. You can buy a beautiful, writerly journal for keeping track of how many pages you write each day, for example. I recommend making your record keeping device easy to see and easy to get to. If you have to open too many folders in your computer to get to the log, you will eventually get lazy about it and forget to keep notes. The key here is simplicity.
So treat yourself to a little simple magic and start keeping track of your life!
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