Her Monday went beautifully like this:
8 am – revision of yesterday’s work. Check.
10am – write all Secure answers. Check.
1 PM – solve 1 mock. Check.
4 pm – revise Polity NCERT. Check.
8 pm – solve Prelims 75 day plan quiz. Check.
Tuesday, she woke up late & missed her targets for the morning. Wednesday, she decided to take a break. On Thursday, she got lazy & didn’t do much. The guilt had started to set in by Friday, and she tried to get back on track. By Sunday, she had slowly got back her momentum to study. As you can see, she was quite consistent at being inconsistent.
Can you relate, just a bit? Does your consistency consistently waver too? Do you have days when you study too much like the most studious person to ever live & days when the mere sight of books makes you run in the opposite direction? The Cambridge dictionary defines consistency as “the quality of always behaving or performing in a similar way”. Well that’s a tough ask right? We’ll share a few tips on how to remain consistent. Please share your views in the comments!
In the previous articles, we’ve already spoken about the importance of planning & goal-setting. Make a plan with achievable micro-targets & STICK TO IT. But then how do we stick to it consistently? We must make staying regular with our tasks a HABIT- something we do everyday subconsciously. Anthony Robbins has said: “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” Therefore, it is very important to be regular to see tangible outcomes and progress.
Have you noticed that we eagerly wait for certain things like a vacation or a new show? Why? Because we get to experience new & exciting things. We anticipate the happiness that it’ll bring into our lives. We tend to watch the show consistently. Have you also noticed that we tend to procrastinate things we are not looking forward to doing or something that we may perceive as boring? Like studying or writing essays? Do you see what the differentiating factor is? It’s our ATTITUDE towards things. Thus, always try to view everything with a positive attitude. If you got 80 in your mock – think of it as how much you’ll get to learn from all the MCQs you did wrong & cover the gaps in your knowledge base. Rather than dreading a study session, think of how much progress you’ll make once you complete it. Look forward to everything in life as if it is meant to give you a positive experience.
Another way to be consistent is to be ACCOUNTABLE to yourself. Maintain a diary & write down targets for the next day the previous night. Check off the tasks you’ve accomplished from that list at the end of the next day. This will give you a visual representation of how consistent you’ve been with your plans & goals- enabling you to course correct in a timely manner.
Dwayne Johnson has said: “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” Thus, stay consistent in the execution of your plans. Focus on your efforts. Give it your 100% every single day from now. Don’t give up. Work hard. You will thank yourself later.
Until next time!