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Not ‘I must do this sometime,’ but ‘I must do this Monday at 3:30’
Want to help your people actually do the things they intend to do? Want some help yourself?
Try this technique from leadership and personal development guru Peter Bergman: Once you’ve decided what you want to do, tell yourself when and where you’re going to do it.
Sounds too simple. But there’s solid behavioral research behind it. In one study, a group of women agreed to do a breast self-examination within 30 days. Fully 100% of those who decided when and where they’d do the exam actually did so. Only 54% of the others did.
One-time or repeat
The when/where technique works for single actions or repetitive tasks.
Push yourself to write that one-time report (Monday at 3:30, in the conference room), or get into a virtuous routine (look over the previous day’s production figures every morning at 8:15, in your office, before checking e-mail).