How to Hack Our Own Habits to Accomplish More, with Michael Port

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By Alexa Ward

Mo asks Michael Port: How can we hack our habits to keep doing things in the long-term even when we’re really busy? Michael doesn’t see himself as particularly disciplined.

Mo asks Michael Port: How can we hack our habits to keep doing things in the long-term even when we’re really busy?

  • Michael doesn’t see himself as particularly disciplined. He tends to choose really intense projects that require a high level of focus and then move on from them when he is One of the key habit changing strategies he’s implemented in his business is using OKRs.
  • Objectives and Key Results changed the way Michael and his team worked. OKRs are all about setting objectives and key results for the future in relatively short chunks of time, which gives Michael the best of both worlds.
  • One of the most important things that Michael has discovered is that sometimes enough is enough and more is not always better.
  • Being process-obsessed is the thing that has driven the growth of Michael’s business the most. The only way to keep his service at the highest level possible is knowing how he does it every single time without variation, the same is true with employees burning out.
  • Every single organization needs to create their own operating system. This codified system allows people to be creative artists who are focused on growth and development within the framework of the processes.
  • The operating system needs to be designed with a growth destination in mind. Develop the system with help from the people you work with. Allow your team to create their own standard operating procedures so it feels more collaborative as a result.
  • You also need a way of measuring key results. Michael uses OKRs and health metrics in his operating system. OKRs are the growth oriented goals and the health metrics are the bottom line numbers you need to see to ensure the business is always healthy.

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