Top Tips for Planning and Developing Good Routines and Habits.
One way you can do this, is to break the task down into things that you need to do everyday, every week, every month and every term. The HeadteacherChat Planners have plenty of space for actions and notes and also on the diary and calendar page, allowing you to see short term actions, as well as long term goals.
Also - focus on breaking down one goal at a time. Once you’ve started on your journey to achieve that goal, you can then introduce the next one.
Take small steps, frequently. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve that goal you had which you initially thought would be unachievable.
Think about your end goal. How would you feel if you didn’t achieve it in 6 months time? How would you tell someone that you didn’t achieve it? Which steps would you have missed along the way? Make sure that you write these steps in your planner.
Make it attractive to reach your goals. Look at your environment. Make your new habit tempting to do, e.g. use nice stationary to write your goals. Create a comfortable area in your office for you to write these things down. Buy the pens, the stickers, everything you need to create a space that you love.
It is easier to stick to good habits if you have taken away the barriers that would prevent you from doing this. Fill your pen pots with pens with ink in!
Make the response easy. Only focus on ONE thing at a time. Make it easy by removing the barriers for you to not do this. Introduce this into your routine. Repetition will help you to achieve a new habit. For example, lay out your gym clothes/shoes/keys etc the night before. reduce the expectation, e.g. only set the goal low so that you succeed.
Repetition is important, so you need to know how to start! Learning how to start is very important. Tag your new habit into something that you already do, e.g., check your emails as soon as you have finished assembly, everyday.
Rewards are delayed - it’s hard to keep focussed as you will have to wait until you have achieved your goal. The best way to change long term behaviour is with short term feedback, such as keep track of your achievements in the planner. It sounds simple, but it’s highly effective! For those of you who have a bullet journal, you will understand the power of keeping a tracker of your achievements. Basically, tick the steps off as you go, and you will feel great achievement. The weekly and daily planner has this function for this reason, as do the other pages in the planner.
If you can make small changes to your habits, you have the power to change not only your life, your workload and your wellbeing, but also the lives of the pupils, staff and families around you.
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