5 Ways to Practice Self-Discipline

“Self-discipline is like muscle. The more you train it, the stronger it will be ~ Daniel Goldstein To achieve our goals, action alone is not enough. We need consistent action continuously. Every achievement requires the discipline of the mind and the discipline of the action. Without it, the goal is just writing on paper. So, it is necessary for us to practice self-discipline. Practicing to create new habits of thinking and acting. Here are some ways that we can practice.

First, schedule a routine at the same time.

Schedule a routine activity in the morning. The activity does not require more than 15 minutes. For example, if you want to have a habit of writing, you can take 15 minutes to write every morning. Set the exact time. Wait for the activity until the clock shows the exact time as scheduled. This trains us not to depend on impulses and moods. Perform this activity for 66 days and monitor your progress.

Scheduling activities like these train us to focus on our priorities. Also practice the habit of starting. 15 minutes limit makes us not burdened having to finish it right then. This will keep us from the habit of procrastinating.

Second, create a routine with a minimum quota.

Homework (ironing, washing dishes, tidying the contents of cabinets, arranging book collections) often makes us lazy. We often hope that if there is a loose day, then we will complete the homework. Instead, allocate 10-20 minutes to do the homework. For example, washing dishes, allocate 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. Stick to this schedule. When working on it, only do 15 minutes. Completed not done, stop your work after 15 minutes. Apply this to other things, exercise for example. In the beginning, I only allocate sports to do a 30x jumping jack, this only takes less than 3 minutes. When working on a project (creating a website; making a report; etc.), you can also apply the same method. The advantage of this method is that it takes away laziness and delay. Because of the small task that must be completed.

Third, have a diary.

At the beginning of the day, open your notebook. Think about the things you need to finish today. Then, make priority. Do the most important thing at the beginning of the day. Do this activity every day and you will be a person who works because of priority, not because of impulses.

Fourth, start early.

Almost all the successful business people that I follow in his life are “Morning Person.” They wake up earlier than other business people. They do important things at the beginning of the day. They accomplish more in the morning than anyone else does all day.

Fifth, give a gift for yourself.

Having self-discipline does not mean you become a person who is rigid and cruel to yourself. Schedule a special time for rest, vacation, and fun yourself. For example, you managed to exercise regularly according to the schedule for a month, reward yourself with a spa for example. Successfully controlling your expenses for three months? Reward yourself with some money that you can spend as much as you want at the mall for example.