So, what can we do about it?
Well, if you are suffering from a true addiction, you will need to manage it with professional support. A structured 12-step programme and support group will be very beneficial.
However, normal cravings and negative habits can be overcome by applying a simple 5-step process.
1. Start with a goal in mind.
Ask yourself what you want to achieve – What is your goal?
And why you want to achieve it – Why is it your goal?
And finally, is it SMART? (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-constrained).
Now write it down and put it somewhere you can see it during the day so that you can refer to it regularly. You might want to create a vision board to go along with it.
Post your goals and deadlines on social media.
Tell your family, your colleagues, your client, and anyone else who can help hold you accountable.
2. Plan to achieve your goals
Now that you know exactly what you want, and you’ve told people about it, it’s time to prepare for action.
You need to prepare your days and weeks in advance. Whether it’s developing a structured project plan, managing a basic calendar, or simple, daily meal preparation.
The trick is to work backwards from your goal to the present. Start with what you need to achieve in the next 12 months, then the next month, and then document what you need to achieve in the coming week.
It also helps to set up intra-day routines, like a morning routine, to help you manage each day with consistency.
Now, regardless of how well you plan, you’re not going to be able to totally avoid diversions and distractions. The best way of sticking to your plan long-term is to plan for occasional diversions as part of your journey.
That will make it more realistic, and help ensure that you stick to it.