Self-discipline is where one has the ability to control one’s activities and alter it by putting off the leisure activities and prioritizing the important tasks at hand. While this will result in a productive work environment and success in the long term, it is not easy to be disciplined at all time when there is no one to monitor. But with these simple steps, one can be more self-disciplined and one can control their emotions in an effective way.
- First Identify your weakness
Start by keeping track of your everyday activities. This can be done by simply writing down what you do in a day. You can also ask feedback from others in your circle and see if any of their comments overlap with one another. When you get to the list of the activities which should be avoided or the areas which you should improve, start by developing a plan.
- Identify your bets hours
Start identifying the best time to work. Each individual has the time period in which he or she will be most effective in their work. So try to develop such patterns. This will allow your mind to automatically get interested in work instead of pushing your mind to carry out the work. Avoid doing leisure activities during this time period.
- Know your end goal
When you picture your end goal clearly you are more likely to achieve it. When you write down your goal or visualize it, then you start believing in the goal and your activities will eventually get tuned in for that without forcing those activities on yourself. Try to imagine that the outcome is already reached. Many types of research prove that when you imagine that you have already achieved your goal, your mind will start believing in it and will prioritize activities according to it. This will help in removing all the fear attached towards achieving your goal.
- Start now even if its small
Many people wait for the right moment to work on their goals or to start with a given task. While managing things is right, it is not right to wait for all the surrounding tasks to get organized on itself. Sometimes starting a task is all that is needed to get it going. While you might want to make it big, the beginning of the task can be small. In fact, it better to start things small. When you start with a large task or goal, there are chances where you might overwhelm with the task and shy away from it. Smaller tasks can be finished easily and will motivate you to work towards your goal step by step. This will avoid the need for disciplining yourself as when you complete each small task, it will be like a reward for yourself.
- Take Advice
Not every day you can motivate yourself or discipline yourself. There are days where you will need suggestions and motivation from your trusted circle. Try to keep mentors in your field or someone who knows you well. They will be able to give the right feedback and pull you out when you are a standstill.
- Be easy on Yourself
There are chances where what you start might go the wrong way. It can be a small task or it might be a major venture. Chances are that the first time you do something you might not succeed at it. The best way is to practice at the job, improve the skills and then start over. You should not lose heart when you face failure, but should keep trying. This will improve self-discipline. Also, you should be easy on yourself. By allowing yourself to fail and improve you will feel free and will be more disciplined to your task.