As you can tell by looking at the dates on my blog posts, I'm not the best at staying consistent. I'll make the excuses like everyone else that I'm busy with other stuff and I'll get back to it next time. But the truth is, those are weak excuses. If something is important to you, you will make the time to stay consistent. So today I'm going to share with you the ways that I have learned to upload regularly and post regularly to YouTube, social media, and Sound Cloud:
1) Make an active choice
Consistency is an active choice. You have to make the choice to continuously do the actively on a regular basis. If you're planning to work out five days a week, you have to make the choice to work out every day. You can't just do it once and give up. To stay consistent, you have to always be making choices.
This can be difficult. It's an actual scientific thing that every person has a finite limit of choices that they can make in a day. But if you want to stay consistent, you have to fight the pressure and continue to make the choice to do the activity. There's no way around it.
2) Find tools that do the routine work for you
Just because you're making a choice doesn't mean you have to do it on your own. You can find tools to do the routine and mundane tasks for you. For example, instead of manually posting old videos to my social media in order to garner a new audience, I use Hootsuite to do it for me. Once I schedule a post, I can focus on sharing new videos, and posting about what I had to eat that day.
So if you need to set reminders to wake up early on certain days, instead of doing it manually every day, set aside time to make the reminders on your calendar for the next month, and then forget about it. That's what the reminders are for.
3) Focus on your passions
It's difficult to stay consistent with something that you hate. So find something that you enjoy doing. Or, if you have to stay consistent for something relating to a job that you dislike, find something about the task that gets you excited.
You're not going to want to do a task repeatedly if you hate it. So focus on staying consistent with what makes you passionate, and forget about the small things that don't.
4) Make promises you can't keep
You will fail to stay consistent. That's just a fact of life. So if you've found something you're passionate about that requires continuous effort, make the promise to stay consistent. For example, this blog. I made the promise to post every day, but as you can see that hasn't turned out as I planned. So now I'm making the promise to post once a week on Wednesday. This is a schedule that is much more realistic. I will fail occasionally, but I can make the promise to post weekly. This is a realistic goal that, for the most part, I can keep.
So make promises to stay consistent. You will fail, and that's alright.
5) When you fall off the bandwagon, get back on
When you do inevitably fail at staying consistent, don't beat yourself up about it. Everyone slips up. No one is ever completely consistent at doing anything. We all forget to go to the gym once in a while, or we wake up late for work or school sometimes. But once you fail, get back up. Don't think to yourself, "Ah, fuck it! What do I have to lose?" This way of thinking is how you go from being inconsistent to being lazy. If you wake up late one day, set you alarm even earlier for the next day, or change your ringtone. (That usually helps me.) If you don't save 10% of this paycheck, make sure you do it the next time around.
Whatever the challenge is, get back on the bandwagon when you fail. It's better to say you make mistakes rather than to claim you're a quitter.
Even the most fun activity becomes mundane after a while. So you have to make the active choice to stay consistent. Once you do, you will be proud of yourself for making the promise to do something you love and sticking to it. It's not true that people don't like quitter, but your won't like yourself if you quit something you enjoy. So find a way to stay consistent.