Your subconscious, (basic) mind is presented with something new (which it wont register if its the first time) ... Once trained, it senses it .
Unconscious mind sequence loop is activated for the desired goal, it keeps doing it until;
Desired goal is achieved.
(nutshell description, done!)
You may be thinking "WTF, I'm not controlled by my subconscious". Ok, what do you do when the alarm clock goes off every morning? ... put the kettle on ? Get into the shower? Turn the radio on ? Pour your cereal into its bowl? ... these are all routines created from, for example, the alarm clock cue point, which get you to carry out a routine to move you closer to the desired goals. These "rewards" can be eating and feeling full, coffee'ing and feeling alert, cleaning and feeling fresh, digesting news and boosting your current affairs knowledge ... and the rest. The point is, it works, tweak this routine / mould it and you can achieve a lot more. Still sound like gobbledekook? ... read on!
If you think this sounds like a dogs habit, you're not far off!
Creating a new habit involves something called a positive reinforcing loop ... and getting new ones into place involves mini trigger points. Show your mind snapshots at its most routinely visited points and this works a lot better ( eg on your alarm clock "off" button", on the path that you take when you wake up and get out of bed, on the handle of the front door ... etc).
A classic example is sticking your gym kit right next to the door before you hit the sack ... with the ultimate the reward being reducing your weight, being fit and looking good! However, this only works if you're constantly striving towards the end goal, the reward. Creating these loops (and cancelling the undesirable ones) means constantly practising them ...
A big section of Charles Duhiggs The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change (a good read ... and the source of our featured image for this post) describes this in detail.
... you get into work just on time, you check the email inbox from the weekend and delete all the junk ... you get your second/third coffee, catch up with colleagues discussing what they did over the weekend ... by the time you're full flow, its lunch time! How about shoving a rocket into the equation and get into work before everyone else on a Monday? I actually start my Monday mornings with a swim at the pools right next to my office, not only does this blow the weekend cobwebs away (and is one of the best cures for hangovers!), but I miss all of the Monday morning rush hour traffic as well! Once everyone else makes it in, my blood is already rushing and my inbox is clear, which means I can get on with other stuff! How about getting in contact with your customers first thing? Yes there's no point in contacting your prospects/customers before 9 on a Monday (unless you're me) but call them at 9:05 ... if you catch them off guard, then they'll feel guilty for not being as on the ball as you are, and if they are on point ... they'll love you for having the same ethos !
Cue - Earlier alarm clock time
Routine - Travel to work earlier
Reward - Less rush hour traffic (less time in the car), more progress and customers that are impressed!
You probably ramp down your workflow because the weekend is looming ... how about giving a key prospect a ring and offering to buy them breakfast early Monday morning to help blow their weekend cobwebs away?
You wake up as late as possible, snoozing the clock as many times as you can, once the "final" snooze has passed you know its time to actually get up. You get up and work your morning routine <insert routine here (obviously single /couple/couple with kids will have different routines)>. You stumble into work and hope that the day goes smoothly ... sound familiar ?
What if you rubbed the Monday morning routine against the grain, what if you shocked the system into something it really didn't want? At the start of the day the blood is sat still, the muscles are not really doing a lot and the brain isn't really doing much either. How about slapping the system into action, don't snooze, the second it goes off, get up! Even though you think you're getting a bit more sleep with a snooze, you're not. My fiancée loves to snooze and just to make sure that she can ... she sets the alarm for 20 mins before the time she actually needs to get up! I really don't understand this as you're not actually getting any more sleep. You're disrupting your sleep cycle and period of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Your body benefits a lot more by having complete REM sleep than it does from having snippets This article explains why in greater detail (if you want to learn more about the different stages of sleep, this article gives you a good overview)
So, instead of snoozing, get your body used to getting up the second it hears the alarm ... yes, it will be very hard at the start, but trust me, it will feel so much better after a couple of weeks of doing it ! The best way of doing this is to use a different alarm noise as you're body is probably used to snoozing when it hears a certain sound. Give it a new sound and refresh your circuits!
Cue - New alarm sound
Routine - Get up (don't snooze!)
Reward - Better sleep!
Hopefully these are enough to get you started, other ideas to help could be triggering your mood, is there an item you can pull out to change the way you feel / think ... or maybe a person you know will always cheer you up after you've spoken to them?
What are your habits ?