Before you take into consideration the actual “Top 5”, I invite you take a few moments to purposefully ask yourself, “What will self-discipline do for me?” and quantify your goal. I’m sure you already have an idea of that but just incase you didn’t, food for thought =)
- Reduce OR Remove 50% of your Top 3 distractions
- Create a schedule
- Incorporate time for exercise
- Spend an extra 30 – 60 minutes of practicing a skill
- Know your KPI
Let’s go over #1: Reduce OR Remove 50% of your Top 3 distractions
If you can reduce at least 50% of the distractions in your life, you’ll have a good 50% more energy to devote towards enhancing your current level of self-discipline. Look at the 3 most common distractions that come into your life such as, watching a YouTube video for 1 hour on what cats do in at home, remove them or reduce it to 10 minutes if you can.
#2: Create a schedule
Without a schedule you won’t be able to quantify any meaningful progression that keeps you accountable; self-discipline can only be nurtured if you remain consistent with it. There are plenty of products out there, day planners etc that may help you along this path. One I have used before is the Productivity Planner from Intelligent Change, I believe it’s $25 USD or so but either way find one that speaks to you so you can own up to any energetic laziness that comes up in your life.
#3: Incorporate time for exercise
I invite you to start going for walks, take up Yoga or join a group class to give you the increased internal energy that is cultivated through knowing your body. Exercise will help promote blood flow, circulation as well as to break down mental barriers which you or society has created for you. That’s why people who love to exercise get a natural “high” when they’re running, lifting weights, climbing up rocks etc – they feel alive which in turn creates energy for you to continue with your mission towards self-discipline.
#4: Spend an extra 30 – 60 minutes of practicing a skill
Much like any other progressive lifestyle change, you need to put in the time and effort. The work attempted and completed will create a consistent behavior for you to build the focus necessary to bring a great degree of positive change in your life. If you normally spent 30 minutes, spend another 30 – 60 minutes on it later in the day. Divide them up if necessary, you can set a goal for 60 minutes a day to practice your skill by breaking them up into 20 minute blocks if you like.
#5: Know your KPI
Your Key Performance Indicator will be how you measure your progression towards a goal. For instance, your KPI for creating self-discipline could be devoting 20 minutes to reading course material where before you only spent 10 minutes. Time yourself for a full 20 minutes and log or journal how long you actually spent. If you spent 15 minutes and the remaining 5 talking to your friend, then you didn’t hit your KPI for the day. Continue in this fashion for 3 weeks and notice if you’re becoming more or less consistent.
At the end of the day, trust yourself, be patient and always keep the goal in sight.
Keep growing stronger,