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Forming New Productivity Habits: Theory & Practice. Agenda. Challenge: Why new methods don’t “stick” and what keeps certain workers reluctant to change ? Solution: How to introduce new working habits and make them “stick ” - 5 practical recommendations

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agenda
Agenda

Challenge: Why new methods don’t “stick” and what keeps certain workers reluctant to change?

Solution: How to introduce new working habits and make them “stick”

- 5 practical recommendations

Examples: Building particular productivity habits

- Granular workload management and Culture of sharing

Q&A

Takeaways

example of a habit
Example of a Habit

Walking 8 to 10 miles a day improves your productivity… and calf muscles!

Not really a quote by

Nikola Tesla

Scientist and Inventor

why are habits important
Why are habits important?

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.“ (Aristotle)

About 45% of our everyday actions are habitual

even simple habits take time to build
Even simple habits take time to build

“Rewiring” the brain for a new habit takes 66 days on average.

Depending on the complexity, it might take up to 8 months.

four stages of learning a new skill
Four stages of learning a new skill

Unconscious competence

Conscious competence

Conscious incompetence

Unconscious

incompetence

productivity habits in organizations
Productivity habits in organizations…
  • …“program” your organizational culture for growth and success
  • …form your team’s “memory”
  • …contribute directly to your SMaC recipe (Sustainable, Methodical and Consistent)
solution leading by example
Solution: Leading by example

“Just by providing a good example makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things.”

(Scott Berkun)

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Tell me and I’ll forget,

show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand

solution sharing the power to change peer pressure
Solution: Sharing the power to change (peer pressure)

“Social facilitation” concept: some competition might be motivating

solution horizontal or vertical rollout
Solution: Horizontal or vertical rollout

Start withpart of the team and then plug in the rest of it

Split the new habit into parts and adopt them one by one

  • Valuable benefit: small wins
solution motivation triggers
Solution: Motivation triggers

To drive change, you need to:

  • direct the Rider – rational side
  • motivate the Elephant – emotional side
  • shape the Path – external environment + instructions

(Chip and Dan Heath)

solution blending new habits into existing ones
Solution: Blending new habits into existing ones

Leverage positive habits to write new ones on top of them.

For example:

Bring work data onto people’s favorite smartphones.

example granular workload management
Example: Granular workload management

Dangers of big assignments:

  • poor visibility into progress
  • insufficient control
  • psychological pressure on employees (“where do I start?”)
  • low-productivity performers can “hide” behind them
how can you make granular tasks work
How can you make granular tasks work?
  • Use a sliding scale in planning
  • Let the team plan

Bonus benefits:

  • People are motivated by sense of responsibility
  • Small wins in action
  • Fighting procrastination
example culture of sharing
Example: Culture of sharing

The top quality of a good team member:

“He shares info”

(RW Wizard survey)

Extra tips:

  • Encourage informal “social sharing”
  • Leverage cloud solutions
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“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”

Brian Tracy

Motivational Speaker