Whilst I may be a person that likes flexibility and options, I also recognise the value of creating useful habits to bring some structure to my week. 

I learned this whilst on my first Arctic expedition to the North Pole.  Our day involved a great deal of mental and physical hardship – battling against temperatures of minus 40 degrees, whilst skiing into a headwind and dragging a sledge weighing around 60kg for up to eight hours a day.  At the end of the day all you want to do is get the tent up as quickly as possible, and climb in to escape the cold.   Even then you can’t fully relax because you have to get the stove working, melt enough snow to make hot drinks and rehydrate food before you eventually can fall asleep and recharge yourself ready for the next day.

What we quickly realised was that it pays to create some useful habits.  Always putting the matches in the same place, knowing where your gloves are at all times, setting a structured routine for skiing so that you know you will have to ski for an hour before you have a five minute break.  What this meant was that by creating these habits, you could leave more mental energy for the difficult situations, and thinking about ways to solve today’s immediate problems. 

If you don’t like routine this may seem awful but I know that it really works.  So now I have created some really useful habits in the business.  Every morning first job is to plan the day and what I want to achieve, last job is always to review the day and consider what happened and check if overall the actions are taking us towards our objectives.  So no matter how busy the day gets, or how stressed I might feel, I know that there will always be the habit of checking in with myself. 

So what about creating some useful habits for yourself today in your business?