July 1

The Consistent Action Formula: How To Make Daily Progress


Motivation can be fickle and actually achieving our long-term goals requires more than motivation anyway; it demands consistent action and daily momentum. We often find ourselves in a cycle of enthusiasm followed by inactivity, particularly when the demands of daily life and work get in the way of our best intentions.

It’s easy to start the day with positive intentions. However, as the day progresses, these intentions often dwindle (or die completely). The truth is, relying solely on motivation to fuel our actions is unsustainable. Motivation ebbs and flows, influenced by our mood, health, stress levels and external pressures.

Instead of depending on motivation, successful individuals rely on structured routines and habits. These routines gradually build momentum, making it easier to take action consistently, even on days when you don’t feel like it.

Start Small: Begin with manageable actions to avoid feeling overwhelmed. This builds a sense of accomplishment and gradually increases your confidence and capability to take on larger actions.

Optimise Your Environment: Organise your environment to support your goals. Whether it’s a tidy workspace, a designated area for exercise or a clutter-free home, creating an environment that minimises distractions and fosters productivity can significantly boost your ability to focus and take consistent action.

Use Visual Reminders: Visual cues like sticky notes, vision boards or goal charts can serve as constant reminders of your objectives. Placing these in frequently seen locations helps keep your goals at the forefront of your mind, encouraging daily action.

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Leverage Technology: Utilise apps and tools designed to track your progress and set reminders. Tools like Trello, Todoist or Habitica can help you stay organised and accountable, turning your goals into actionable tasks.

Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself. Understand that setbacks are a part of the journey. Instead of being overly critical, acknowledge your efforts and learn from your experiences. This mindset fosters resilience and continuous improvement.

Reflect and Review: Regular reflection on what works and what doesn’t is crucial. Adjust your strategies based on these insights to better suit your personal workflow and lifestyle.

Mental barriers such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome and self-doubt often hinder our actions. To combat these, it’s essential to develop a growth mindset, where challenges are seen as opportunities to learn and grow rather than obstacles.

Demonstrating commitment to consistent action not only moves you closer to your goals, but it also signals to your brain that these actions are important to you. By repeatedly engaging in goal-oriented activities, you reinforce their significance, making it easier to maintain focus and motivation over time.

Remember, every small step is part of a larger journey towards success. The challenge isn’t in taking huge leaps but in continuing to move forward, one day at a time.

Achieving goals often involves debunking common myths that can hold us back. Overcoming these mental barriers is crucial for continuous progress.

What small action can you commit to today that will bring you closer to your goals? How can you turn this action into a daily habit that propels you forward, even on low-motivation days?

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  • What a great guide to our daily routines and rituals. Your post called, “The Consistent Action Formula: How To Make Daily Progress” is a wonderful guide and full of inspiration!

  • Welcome back! Your topics are right on! I’ve been doing a lot, even more than before, on getting rid of things. I find if I start small (and I mean very small) I accomplish so much more. When I’m in the kitchen I don’t look at the entire scope of the project, I start with a drawer or cupboard and then move on to another. I feel so accomplished when I get something done and on to another part.

    • That is such a great way of doing it – one bit at a time. Then you get to have so many small celebrations along the way and remind your brain how great you are.

  • This is so helpful to me right now! My husband and I are in the middle of a huge declutter project at home and we got SO much done this weekend moving a lot of big stuff out. Now, we need to be consistent so we can take care of the smaller stuff. It’s incredible how much stuff 2 people can accumulate in 9 years! Thanks for the motivation, I’m going to make some tweaks to my project plan to align with what I’ve learned here. Thanks!

    • It feels really great to get some decluttering done. I lived in the UK for 12 years and then moved to Kuwait with 20kg. I know exactly what you are talking about. All the best!

  • I am working on my mid-afternoon and evening routines. My morning practices and habits are fantastic. I have them down – just need to fix the other end of the spectrum. Love this post!

  • Your post is a much needed reminder to me of giving myself grace when I try to keep on my goals. Progress not perfection – that is difficult for this Virgo.

  • Excellent tips. I have been and still am on a weight loss / health improvement journey. What helps me is to be prepared for good choices. I need these carrots to be peeled, chopped, and the gym bag packed and ready to go before I leave the house.

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