How to Create Changes That Stick

Remember that time you decided you were going to start checking your email only twice a day?

Maybe you kept it up for a week and then were back to checking your inbox in long lines at the grocery store, during your pedicure, and between commercials during Scandal.

It’s not just you. When we decide to make a change or create a habit, it’s more likely that they’ll revert back to old routines instead of making sustainable change in the long run.

So how can you create habits that permanently stick?

Try taking these three steps to start creating change that lasts.

How to Find the Right Solution for Your Inbox Mess

How do you feel when you open your email inbox?

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Tired?

If you feel this way about your inbox, I’m guessing you’ve tried your best to clean it up and organize it, but you keep falling prey to the boomerang effect. It might be organized for a couple of days, and before you realize it, it’s out of control again.

So what’s going on?

How can you find the right solution for *you* and your inbox?

Try asking yourself these three questions to get to the root of the problem and get rid of your email mess forever.

Avoid These 5 Task Management Practices

So much to do, so little time. Who hasn’t experienced that?

Sure, you could continue to follow the classic time management approach of trying to squeeze your to-do list into your schedule, or you could switch gears and do what your schedule allows.

When you make the mindset shift from time management to task management, you’ll find that you could potentially fit twenty hours of work into an eight-hour work day.

How can you know if you’ve been focusing on time management instead of task management?

Here are five actions to avoid if you want to feel more productive and in control of your day.

Creativity Running Low? Change Things Around By Doing This

Twyla Tharp, renowned choreographer of over 160 works and winner of two Emmy awards, does not wake up every day hoping that inspiration knocks on her door.

How does she consistently create art that resonates?

She wakes up at 5 AM, goes to the gym, and then to her studio as if on autopilot.

Twyla, like many people who have become experts in their chosen fields, follows a routine and has reframed creativity from being an ethereal entity into a habit.