Treat Your Health Like TPS Reports

I just finished reading Switch which I highly recommend to anyone who is trying to make some self-improvements or is responsible for motivating a team. It teaches you how to “change things when change is hard” and it’s awesome.

One of the main points it drives home is something I’ve been talking about a lot lately: self-control is an exhaustible resource. In other words, relying on willpower is draining just like doing bench press reps. So you need energy to work on a big project all night? Don’t waste it on avoiding the bon bons on the countertop (just throw the shit out!).

That’s why forming habits is so important: they put you on behavioral autopilot. No need for draining willpower!

According to Switch, one of the best ways to build habits and avoid pitfalls is a checklist.

I know, I know, so nerdy. But it works! When I have a checklist on my fridge with a big blank box next to “take supplements” staring at me, I’ll actually take them! Otherwise, fuggedaboutit.

I bet you already do this for critical activities in your business. So treat the tasks related to your health goals the same way you would treat the procedures for your TPS Report: put them in a checklist!

(Note to husband: if you want me to remember to water the plants, might want to slap that on a checklist too.)

Do you use checklists? Are you trying to motivate yourself to do something that might be more effective with a checklist? What is it?