Tips to Developing More Discipline
Developing more discipline takes time and effort, but there are some ways you can make this process easier for yourself. Here are just a few tips you can use to improve your chances of becoming more disciplined and achieve your goals.
Make a strong commitment to your goals. Sometimes you may want to do something, but you are not really ready yet. For example, many people try quitting smoking several times before they really quit. The times they tried and did not succeed, they may have just not been ready yet. If this happens to you, do not give up, Instead look to see why you are not yet ready and then when you are committed, try again.
Get rid of enablers and temptations. If you are trying to lose weight, buying a bunch of sweet and starchy foods is not going to help you with your goal. Willpower is far easier to have when you are not surrounded by temptations. Getting rid of enablers may be more tricky. Sometimes those enablers are your friends and family. In some cases, you can spend less time with them or even remove them from your life, in other cases you can’t. Try to limit contact with enablers as much as possible, In the case of your family, try to teach them why their behavior is not helping you with your goals.
Start with a small project and work up to the rest. For example, if you are cleaning your house and feeling overwhelmed, you can start with the bathroom. It is usually the smallest room in the house, and you can finish it quickly. This can give you the momentum needed to do the next room.
Another variation of this is the time version. This is where you say I will spend a certain amount of time on this project. Sometimes if you say to yourself I will just do this for 5 minutes (or even 15 minutes), you get into the flow of what you are doing and end up spending a longer period of time on it and actually getting more done.
Plan non-working times. You cannot work all the time, or you will burn out very quickly. So be sure to schedule times where you have fun activities, or even just a half hour of relaxing. This gives you something to look forward to, and gives you a chance to recharge your batteries. This is especially important if your work requires a lot of creativity like writing, designing, and other such endeavors.