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tool to change behaviorEarlier this week, I had the privilege of facilitating a discussion with a group of supervisors from various companies on “Time Mastery”. When I present on this topic, I share Stephen Covey’s time management matrix. I have the group identify activities that fall in each of the 4 quadrants. (If you aren’t familiar with this matrix, take a look at this summary of First Things First by Covey and Merrill.)

One of the questions someone asked was how to get people to change behavior, especially behavior that is agreed upon, when they continue to slip back into old habits.  In the ensuring discussion, one of the participants mentioned using Post-it® notes as a tool.

Write Top of Mind on the Post-it® note, and list the specific action needed.

Post the note in a predominate place in the work area (computer screen, tool box, phone, work table, etc.).  Repeat as necessary until the new behavior is habit.  The example the participant gave was one he used with his team on implementing a new production process.

This seems like an excellent and easy-to-use tool for any situation when behavior change is needed.  I’d be curious to know what you think; leave your reply here.

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