If you are feeling stuck and are serious about improving, it all starts with deliberate practice and a daily routine. That’s at least according to Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit. Daily Habits are not a new concept. Logically, I think we all know that if we want to improve in an area – we have to do something about improving in that area. One book that you won’t find in a library is a book titled: Serendipitous Improvement: 10 ways to Get to the Top by Doing Nothing. So, if you want to improve – you have to do something.
The first 20 minutes of my day is dedicated to something other than my day job. This may not work for you, but I’ve found that learning outside of the framework and context of my current work environment opens me up to more significant learning (or the potential for it). Here’s how I spend the start of every workday – you’ll notice that a number of these sites offer differing perspectives on books (and very few of them are implementation-specific).
If you find that you are consistently failing to achieve your daily habit, enlist the help of a co-conspirator. This co-conspirator would play the role of someone who holds you accountable for achieving your goals. They are constantly checking in on your progress to assure that you are not slipping. If this sounds like you and you want to continue to learn more – start here.
My Daily Habit List
One other habit that I’m working on is spending an hour a day just to read a book. This takes discipline but here are a few tips from Bill Gates. (2 mins)
References and Resources
Angela Duckworth – Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance