Build new habits

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.

Behavior-change steps.

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 percent, you could achieve that goal by doing the following:

  1. Say no to meetings that don’t include an agenda.
  2. Avoid meetings during which you multitask.
  3. 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. Use the following to turn new behaviors into solid habits based on behavioral science.