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. I have an extensive guide of simple tips to building self-discipline too if you want to check it out.
Let’s get started.
This post is about self-discipline techniques
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. Remember, when you practice self-discipline, you need to set yourself to think that this practice is good for you. It will benefit, grow, and guide you to be the best version of yourself.
One thing you should also do is change the way you percept self-discipline. Discipline is not a bad thing if you’re doing it for the right reason. Discipline is a way to rid of the things that you don’t approve of anymore and adding on habits that will improve your life permanently. I had to change how I saw discipline when I consider losing weight, starting a blog, and going back to school. I wanted to improve my life for the better. So, by being self-disciplined and visualizing my end goal, these were the ways I had to start accomplishing my 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. I personally can’t work during the night because it just doesn’t work for me. I had actually log off my social media accounts for some time because I had courses and blogging work to do.
Weaknesses are sometimes distractions. Make sure you consider this when you’re on social media instead of cleaning your home or creating an awesome side hustle or hobby. 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, with lots of practice, you’ll feel physically and mentally better. It’s really freeing.
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, especially when doing it at home, 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 that I use for my typing my course assignments or focusing on writing a blog post 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. Smartphones are the number way to get distracted! From games to social media, we can almost do anything on our phones. That can definitely bring more distractions in our life if we let it.
Therefore, one thing to do is to keep the object out of sight, out of mind, just for a short while. And yes, this requires a lot of self-control, but it’s for the better!
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.
Be surely aware of the temptations.
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. As I’ve mentioned, BeFocused is an app you can definitely use to simplify your tasks. It has helped me and I believe it can help you as well.
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 task per day or week, especially if you’re too busy during the day or week. 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 may be thinking that working on your task 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 work 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, fill your day with smoothies, salads, and other healthy foods (no sugary foods) that will energize you to get your task done. It truly depends on what fills you up to help you get things done.
So again, when you eat better, you feel better.
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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). Feeling negative about yourself is not a good way of moving forward.
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.
Self-Discipline Techniques #10: Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being present. You are aware that you’re present in mind, body, and soul. Your senses are a contributor to mindfulness. So how does this contribute to being more self-disciplined? Well, think about how your body feels when you discipline yourself. How does it make you feel in a certain way? Positive? Negative? As mentioned, discipline may not feel good, but it’s for your best, especially if you’re doing it for the right reasons.
For example, say you’re disciplining yourself to not eat fast food. It is a bit difficult for you because you’ve been doing this for a while, therefore, going to a fast-food restaurant after work is on autopilot mode because that is what you’re used to. That’s when you need to use mindfulness. This causes you to be aware of what you’re doing, consider how it makes you feel, deciding on the proper way to discipline your way of eating fast food, and making a good choice to drive all the way home and prepare yourself home-cooked food.
So when you combine self-discipline and mindfulness, think about the ways you’re going about your techniques when accomplishing your goals. How does it make you feel? How does it make your body and mind feel? Are you aware of your distractions? Are you pursuing your goals with the proper resources? Are you using tools to get to where you want to be? Whatever you found yourself to do, when it involves self-discipline, mindfulness should be part of your process as well.
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,