Are you lacking self-discipline? Are you having a hard time accomplishing your goals because you’re always distracted by something? Or some other circumstance gets in the way of your goals, and it has led you to focus on something else? Are you a shiny object chaser?
Well, what you may be lacking in is self-discipline. Self-discipline is one of the main tools to help you get things done once and for all. With the help of having a motivated mindset, self-discipline can help you get anywhere and move you forward to be who always wanted to be. In this post, I am going to provide you 9 simple self-discipline techniques to get you moving forward with life and slay your goals!
These self-discipline strategies will leave you to become more aware of yourself and your surroundings, leading to making a better decision on how to get your task done on a daily basis.
Let’s get started.
Self-Discipline Techniques #1: Change The Way You Think
This is one of my favorite self-discipline tips. Do you think that a certain task or goal may be too daunting for you to complete? Then it might be. But what if it wasn’t? What if it was just your perception of yourself? You saw yourself in a limited capacity rather than who you can truly be? If you change your ‘I can’t do it’ to ‘I know I can do this’, then you’re one step to completing your goals.
You can accomplish anything you set yourself to do. Remember that.
Self-Discipline Techniques #2: Know Your Weakness
We all have weaknesses. Whether yours is being on Instagram, Facebook, even just sleeping late when you know you got work the following day. It all happens to the best of us. So the next time you find yourself distracted for a certain amount of time or you’re sleeping late, own up to it and change it. In the long run, you’ll feel physically and mentally better.
Self-Discipline Techniques #3: Set Up A Timer If Needed
One thing I do recommend, especially if your task or goal takes longer than expected, use a timer. If you’re on your computer typing a letter or working of some sort, an app I use that is dear to my heart is called Be Focused. The timer comes in segments, so if you want to focus on your task for 25 minutes and take a break for 15 min, you can set it up like that. You can download this app on Itunes or Android.
I personally use this app BeFocused on my Mac, so it comes in handy since it’s right there on my computer screen.
Self-Discipline Techniques #4: Remove Temptations From Your Environment
I believe this is one of the best ways to improve self-discipline. If there is something in your sight that you can easily grab that directs your thoughts to it rather than your primary task, then it’s best to remove it.
Keep the object out of sight, out of mind, just for a short while.
This goes for thoughts too. If you find yourself thinking of something that may distract you, then quickly switch back to the task at hand.
Self-Discipline Techniques #5: Make Your Task Simple
Other than the timer, keep your task simple. If the task at hand takes longer than an hour, then you can break it up for 2 days or even a week. Just make sure you’re sticking to schedule if you have a deadline or anything.
I personally keep my duties manageable and short, which helps me get things done a lot quicker.
Another would also be limiting your task to 2-3, especially if you’re having a busy day. Don’t get too overwhelmed or frustrated, because this may surely lead you to divert your attention to something else rather than the task at hand.
Self-Discipline Techniques #6: Eat Better
When you eat better, you feel better. That’s the truth. You be thinking that eating is correlated with food, but in fact, it is! So incorporate good meals in between your tasks, even if it is just a snack. The healthier you eat, the more you’ll feel better about yourself, the more you’ll also be able to think. better, and the more you’ll get things done.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, what you ingest as fuel or food, is also linked to your emotions. If you eat junk food, the way it’s going to make you feel will impact your emotions, hence, also your actions.
So again, when you eat better, you feel better.
Self-Discipline Techniques #7: Forgive Yourself & Keep Moving
Sure you’re going to fall short. We all do. I just did now (by being on my phone, but then I had to refocus). So if you’re disappointed, don’t worry. Just keep going (like I’m doing, as I am still writing this post).
Don’t hang on the guilt or frustration because when you do, you’ll lead yourself to think about your downfall when you could continue on finishing up your task. Simple as that.
Self-Discipline Techniques #8: Focus On The End Prize
Know why you started, but most importantly, see the end goal. What are you getting out of it? When you focus on your end goal, you’re motivated and determined to get to the finish line. When you finish strong, you feel better. So make sure you reward yourself at the end.
Self-Discipline Techniques #9: Sleep Better
According to the Night Sleep Foundation, adults need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep and excessive sleep affects your moods, your eating, and your overall LIFESTYLE HABITS.
Sometimes your body will tell you how much sleep is enough. So if you find yourself waking up after 7 hours or so, that may be the amount of sleep you need to function in the day.
If you found yourself cranky because of lack of sleep or even excessive sleep, that’s why.
There you go!
The more you practice these self-discipline strategies, the easier it is to keep your self-discipline going. Always be aware of yourself in the things that you do. You may find yourself immersed in the daily activities of life, and find yourself distracted. But remind yourself of your goals and keep at it.
What is one way you focus when a task is at hand? How did you accomplish it?
Until Next Time,