Do you find it difficult to be disciplined? If so, you aren’t alone. In this would that we live in with its plethora of distractions, it is increasingly difficult to be disciplined.
If you are finding it difficult to focus on your tasks, the to-do lists never get cleared off, and you are always procrastinating and feeling unproductive, read on to find out how you can get move disciplined today.
4 tips courtesy of Marisa Peer, that I’ve used in my life myself
#1 Do the hard things first
Have a project you need to finish but dread doing? Hate exercising? Got a pile of emails to reply? Do those things first.
It feels awesome and is a fantastic boost to your brain when you do what you absolutely dread first thing in the morning. When you check that single most dreaded thing off your list, it gives you that extra kick & motivation to
continue checking stuff off.
Also! this has much to do with our willpower. Willpower is like a battery & in the morning, it is still a fully charged battery. It gradually depletes through the day, which makes it sensible to get those pesky heavy assignments out of the way. Mornings are when we have the most willpower.
#2 Be consistent. Show up
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten from a former boss was:
How you show up in life will determine your success
And I’ve found that it rings true for all my life experiences. So if you’re working towards a goal and want to accomplish it really bad? Show up. Every Single Day.
You have a huge goal, say, you need to write a 395- page manuscript for a book? Got a Masters thesis to complete? Show up every single day to do it. No matter the weather or your feelings, show up and do the work. And bit by bit, you’ll accomplish whatever you want to.
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#3 Praise yourself. Often.
Similar to using positive language or affirmations, much of what we do and accomplish lies in now we speak to
ourselves. Start paying attention to how you talk to yourself.
Do you say things like “I suck at this, I’ll never finish this on time” or do you go “Oh I can write fast and I write well, so this is going to be a good piece of work.” Self-praise is NOT arrogance. Don’t judge yourself for doing it. We are so hard on ourselves and so self-critical in our strive for perfection that we’ve kinda forgot how to love ourselves and treat ourselves well.
So start praising ourselves may not come easy at first, but it’s like a muscle. It just takes practice. So start observing your speech to yourself and replace the negative talk with positivity.
#4 Delay gratification
Delaying gratification – tough to do but if you manage to be good at it, will be the fastest way to reaching your
goals. Thinking of watching your fav Netflix drama, ordering a takeout & pigging out in front of your TV etc. Do all
that and more AFTER you’ve done with whatever you’re supposed to.
You’ll be super motivated knowing that there is a reward waiting for you at the end of the road.
That said, reward yourself often. Celebrate your success and accomplishments. Get in the habit of focusing on your goal at hand and waiting until everything is done before indulging yourself.
Have you used any of these techniques to gain more discipline in your life?