Do you need to be more self-disciplined? In this post, I will show you how. This post 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.
1. Change The Way You Think
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 rather than the task at hand.
6. Eat Better
When you eat better, you feel better. That’s the truth. So incorporate good meals in between your task, even if it is just a snack. The healthier you eat, the more you’ll better about yourself 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.
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.
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 finish strong, you feel better. So make sure you reward yourself at the end.
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 steps, 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.
Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below!
Until Next Time,