Want To Develop Vigilant Consistency? Go Back to 3rd Grade…

Kassandra Vaughn
3 min readDec 2, 2023

I read a lot of books on productivity… A LOT…

And the more I read and apply different techniques, the more I come to one conclusion:

It’s really not that deep.

I spend a lot of time talking about and coaching around the concept of vigilant consistency. Whether it’s in books like Find Your Focus: How to Get Yourself Undistracted, Vigilantly Consistent, and Powerfully Effective at Achieving Your Life Goals or it’s YouTube videos like 3 Keys to Being Vigilantly Consistent, the ‘secrets’ to being able to build and flex the muscle called vigilant consistency boils down, no matter what fancy name you give it, to one thing:

Live your life like you’re a third grader.

What do I mean?

In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear explains it like this:

Your identity emerges out of your habits… Your habits are how you embody your identity… When you write each day, you embody the identity of a creative person. When you train each day, you embody the identity of an athletic person. The more you repeat a behavior, the more you reinforce the identity associated with that behavior… The more evidence you have for a belief, the more strongly you will believe it.

In this way, the system of habits you build (through which you live your day-to-day life) IS the key to becoming a person who IS vigilantly consistent.

Rather than reading ten different books with one hundred different ways to build the habits of vigilant consistency, let’s boil all of those down to one strategy:

Go back to the third grade.

Do you remember what your third grad schedule looked like?

Let me refresh your memory:

Attendance → Morning work → Morning Recess → Science → Lunch → English → Arts/Music → Afternoon Recess or Physical Education → History → Math → Reading and Reflection → Dismissal

Some variation of the above…

And do you know what makes adhering to this kind of rigid schedule a gamechanger for us as adults?

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Kassandra Vaughn

* Mindset Coach | Author | Soon-to-be Therapist * On a mission to help women 30 and above rebuild their self-worth & reclaim their power.