Build your habit
After you have completed the Diagnose your problem and Set your goal steps, you will have the following elements for your behavior change plan: your purpose for change, your behavior-change objective, and your specific and measurable goal. The missing piece is a behavior to achieve your goal and turn into a habit.
Any number of behaviors can support a goal and turn into a habit. For example, if your goal is to reduce your meeting hours by 50%, you could achieve that goal by doing the following:
- Say no to meetings that don’t include an agenda.
- Avoid meetings during which you multitask.
- Divide and conquer meetings you share with a coworker.
We recommend that you start by selecting one or two behaviors to keep things simple and to more easily determine which one works best for you. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions to collaboration problems. The next section explains how you can use Learning modules, Habit playbooks, and the Habit-building method to turn new behaviors into solid habits based on behavioral science.
MyAnalytics has a few learning modules to help you set up and use its data. These materials are organized by collaboration topic to help you build new work habits and learn how to use MyAnalytics more effectively.
The learning modules include:
- Healthy behavior suggestions
- Habit playbooks
- Tips on how to interpret MyAnalytics data and use its features
- Links to articles to learn more about specific topics
- Fun behavioral-science lessons
The following can help you learn more about how to track and analyze your focus hours, meetings, and email data. You can also find lessons in these modules on how to maintain important relationships in your network.
You can turn a selected behavior into a habit by using MyAnalytics and the habit-building method, which is based on behavioral science.
For more information about Rob Cross’s research, see the Reclaiming Your Day.
For additional tailored behavior change tips, take the Collaborative Overload Personal Assessment.
To learn more about The Power of Habit, see the The Power of Habit Resources.
Habit playbooks are examples of how to use MyAnalytics to turn specific behaviors into habits using the Habit-building method. The playbooks leverage microlearning, a method of learning through bite-sized lessons. They are compatible with microlearning, since the key to building new habits is starting small. BJ Fogg, Ph.D., a behavioral scientist at Stanford University, who has studied behavior change for over two decades, says that “baby steps” are one of the only ways to change behavior in the long term.
Each Habit playbook provides a suggested behavior to turn into a habit, an explanation of why the habit is important, and a goal-oriented plan by using MyAnalytics to build the habit. It is especially effective if you ask a coworker or your team to join you in using the playbook, even as a fun and friendly competition.
- Habit playbook examples. You can try out this collection of playbooks. These examples represent only a small sample of what is possible with MyAnalytics.
These playbooks can also be found in the Learning modules.
- Habit playbook template. Create your own custom playbooks for your team with this template.