If you’ve ever struggled with discipline you know the struggle is real with getting things done. However, as soon you learn how to apply discipline in one area of your life, it becomes easier to apply discipline in other areas of your life whether you’re studying for an exam, writing a book, or committing to a new habit.
Below you will find 3 simple tips I’ve applied in my life to become disciplined in multiple areas of my life. I hope that you find them helpful!
1. Set a timer
Set a timer to your desired time length. The allotted time helps you focus on the task versus spending double the time on an activity without intention. For example, you can set a timer to draft a blog post, take a nap, or learn a foreign language and commit to only work on that during, let’s say, 15 minutes.
2. Reward Yourself
After you complete the task you want to build discipline in, reward yourself. The reward can be super simple like 5 minutes of checking your Instagram account or dinking your favorite beverage. Writing is often one of my rewards because I love making connections, reflecting, and writing about topics that are meaningful to me.
3. Use a Calendar/Planner
Have you incorporated an electronic calendar into your personal life? I haven’t. I find it more practical to use the paper ones. No matter your choice, a planner because provides structure. Similarly to using a timer, using a calendar or planner helps set a clear purpose for the days and weeks ahead.
Being more organized with your time and creating expectations for those time frames goes a long way when your goal is to become disciplined. And on the days when you need extra motivation, choosing a reward at the completion of the activity will also help you stick with the activity.
Building discipline is sometimes challenging, but remember that at the other end of your effort is a completed-long term goal such as passing an exam, publishing a book, or becoming fluent in a foreign language.
What helps you be disciplined? Have you applied any of the tips above? Did you find them helpful?