Why common sense isn’t common practice

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Everyone, you, me, everyone knows enough stuff to make themselves at least twice as effective.  By effective, I mean how much time we spend doing things that add value and doing so in an efficient way – after all, lots of us get lots of the wrong things done or do the right things a lot slower than we need to.

The stuff we know is largely common sense, so, if we stopped and thought about it or talked it through with someone, we would ask ourselves “Why on earth am I doing that?”  So, common sense rarely ends up being common practice.

There are 2 main reasons why this happens:

1. We are too busy to stop and think.  Well, we’re not actually, we just think we are…another example of common sense not prevailing.  Abraham Lincoln once said “If you give me six hours to cut down a tree, I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  In other words, if you decide to stop and think, you will actually get to your end point faster.  We’ve all driven places and then realised we’ve forgotten something which has made the journey a waste of time.  So, you do have time to stop and think…no excuses…you really do.

2. We think, but then we forget.  In other words, we don’t form positive habits.  Getting out of negative habits like over-eating, shouting at the kids and a few that I don’t do too is really tough, because habits are, well, what we habitually do.  We need to, again, stop and think and establish a really strong motivation to change “I don’t want to die of weight-related disease”, “My kids will grow up thinking that’s what people do”, etc.  Without this motivation, forget it.  You then need to sustain the positive action for 28 days by setting up constant reminders (measure it, involve others, etc) before it becomes a habit.  Again, all common sense.

Very rarely do we actually need new information, but, of course, it helps to be reminded of what common sense is once and a while.

If this rings true to you, take a look at our 28 day time-effective.com course – by stopping for just 1 hour, twice a week for 28 days, you will definitely, like many others before you, create at least another 4 hours every single week forever.  If you don’t think you’ve got time for this, then you need it more than anyone!

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