(LESSON 9):-- The Habits Scorecard: This Simple Exercise Will Help You Discover The Habits You Should Change.
According to the research I made recently, I discovered that the Japanese rail way system is the best in the whole world because, they make use of a system called: “pointing and calling” and this system is designed to reduce mistakes.
This pointing and calling is a peculiar habit imbibed with all the conductors involved in navigating the trains. The operators proceed through a common ritual of pointing out at different objects and calling out commands.
Look at what they do; when the train approaches a signal, the operator will point at it and say, “Signal is green.” This is what they do at the speedometer and call out the exact speed, also when the train leaves; the operators will point at the timetable and state the time.
So, before the train departs, the staff members will point along the edge of the platform and declare, “All clear!” Every detail is identified, pointed at, and named aloud.
Though this system may seem silly but it works wonders by reducing mistakes up to 85 percent and cut accident by 30 percent. Americans decided to adopt this to their own system due to its accuracy in reducing risks.
Now, let us use this system in our habit score card and point and call our habits to see if we could discover habits to change.
POINT AND CALL YOUR HABITS:
This is so effective because it raises the level of awareness from a non-conscious habit to a more conscious one. Due to the human nature of the train operators, they can make use of their eyes, mouth, ears, and they are on the better side of noticing any mistake before it occurs.
I make use of similar procedure whenever I want to go out. I verbally call out all my requirements like; I have my doors locked, my keys with me, my computer lab keys with me too, my wallets etc, the only thing I do remember but do not verbally call out is my wife because, she ran away leaving three kids for me alone, ha ha ha!! Let me laugh it off. She believed I had no money yet. But that is by-the-way.
So, the more you make a behavior automatic the less likely you are to think about it. The more you do things a thousand times before; we begin to overlook those things. We assume the next time will be like that. We are accustomed with doing the same thing all the time so far we have been doing it without questioning whether we are doing the right thing or not.
That is why many of our failures in performance are largely attributed to lack of awareness.
The greatest challenges we face in trying to change our habits is being able to maintain the awareness of what we are actually doing. And this is why the consequences of bad habits always sneak easily into our system. Honestly, we need a “point-and-call” system for our personal lives.
This is where the “habit score card” originated. And this is nothing but a simple exercise you needed to become more aware of you behaviors in life.
Creating your own habit score cards
THE HABIT SCORE CARDS:
To be able to create your own habit score cards, look at what to do; start by making a list of your daily habits.
Your list might start from the simple list below:
- Turn off phone
- Go to bathroom
- Wake up early
- Weigh yourself for excess fat
- Brushing of your teeth
- Remove towel and hang up to dry
- Keep your dirty cloths separate from clean ones
- Drink your routine drugs
After coming up with your full list, ask yourself this question; is this a good, bad habit or neutral habit? And I advise you to mark them accordingly, if it is a good habit, better to be marked with a plus sign +, and if it is a bad habit mark with negative sign -, and while a neutral habit mark with “=” sign.
To illustrate what I mean, the list above might look like this;
- Turn off phone -
- Go to bathroom =
- Wake up early =
- Weigh yourself for excess fat +
- Brushing of your teeth +
- Remove towel and hang up to dry =
- Keep your dirty cloths separate from clean ones +
- Drink your routine drugs +
The mark on a particular habit should depend on your situation and the nature of your goal. Because, for someone who is trying to lose weight, eating a meal of bread with butter frequently might be a bad habit while it becomes a good habit for someone who wants to add muscle. This should be based on what you are working towards.
And this should bring us to this question as thus: HOW CAN SOMEONE KNOW IF A HABIT IS GOOD OR BAD?
In this situation now, scoring your habit becomes very controversial because, there are no bad or good habits. There are only effective habits. That is effective in solving problems; this is because all habits serve you in some way even the bad habit, which is why you repeat them.
So, it is effective to categorize your habits on how they benefit you in the long run while completing your score card. Honestly speaking, good habits have net positive effect while bad ones have their own net negative effect.
Example, smoking a cigarette may serve you in reducing stress now but not how it may serve you in the long term with such behavior.
Assuming you are having problems determining how to rate a particular habit, here is a beneficial question I think you should use; this behavior am exhibiting, does it help me to become the person I wish to be? Does it cast a vote against or for my identity? So, you should know that, Habits that reinforce your desired identity are usually good. While Habits that conflict with your desired identity are typically bad.
So, Where Can We Go From Here?
While you are getting ready to create your habit score card, no need to change anything at first. The ultimate goal is to first notice what is going on in your daily activities. Make sure to observe your thought and actions and do not blame yourself for mistakes or praise yourself for your successes.
If you eat too much junk, accept it but notice you are doing so, and if you waste much time online notice that you are doing so to your detriment. This is because the process of behavior change starts from awareness.
That is why strategies like Pointing-and-Calling and the Habits Scorecard are focused on getting you to recognize your habits and acknowledge the cues that trigger them, and this will make it easier to discover which habits you should change and respond in a way that benefits you. With the proper awareness, you are the master of such habits and changing from it becomes a gradual process so far you notice them even when you became a victim of them.
No doubt, with these ideas, you should be well engaged to make change in your life and stick to healthier habitual and moral lifestyle for the long term.
And my final two points should be:
1. Knowledge without action is entirely useless. You are now well equipped with tools to use and change your life, now it is time to do it. I know you have a lot of goals that are important to you, then, use these ideas to make it a reality.
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