We all know that super-productive person: someone who seems to do twice the work in half the time, or who can slog through their dullest daily tasks without complaints. Even outside of work, they always have some new plan or project. They’re always getting something done.
“They’re so motivated,” we think. Or, “I wish I had their willpower.”
It’s a common misconception that all that’s standing between us and the results we want are the right motivation and willpower. Many of us assume that tackling tough tasks or setting big goals means we need to turn on the pump up music, and gear up for superhuman efforts.
But the research says otherwise. A 2002 study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology showed that “motivation” alone doesn’t help us change our behavior at all. And research from psychologist Roy Baumeister shows that that the highest-performing people actually use the least amount of willpower every day. So if those high achievers aren’t more motivated, and don’t have more willpower, how do they do it?
They form productive daily habits.
Habits play a bigger role in our lives than many of us realize. A 2006 study by Duke University shows that habits comprise over 40% of the actions we take every day. So it only makes sense that to make any long-term changes in our productivity, well-being, or job performance, we should look a little closer at our daily routine.
Still, changing habits is hard. It takes an understanding of how our brains form habits, how we can replace them, and the actions we can take to support that change long-term. Luckily, we have content for that.
In our newest Grovo Microlearning® content on Building Productive Habits, we cover the basics of habits, including topics such as:
- The Science of How We Form Habits: Learn how we form habits that impact our daily actions.
- Replacing an Unproductive Habit: Learn how to become more productive by replacing habits instead of eradicating them.
- Keeping Yourself Accountable to a New Habit: Learn how to make new habits stick so you can maintain your gains.
The bottom line? To make a long-term change in productivity, you don’t need to find superhuman motivation within yourself every single day. You can work a little smarter: by setting up great habits for yourself, and keeping yourself accountable to them in the long run.
To get started building your own productive habits, start by taking one of our new lessons, Replace an Unproductive Habit.