3 Simple Tips to Help You Be Disciplined

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?

5 Ways to Inspire Others

Do you have a role model who has inspired you and made a difference in your life? What makes that person stand out from the crowd?

I personally have many role models. One of them is Marie Forleo, an entrepreneur. I don’t remember how I found out about Marie Forleo’s Youtube channel. However, I do know that Marie has always made me feel positive and grateful about myself and my life since I first watched her videos.

Marie Forleo empowers others. She give her audience “tips on creating the business and life that you love.” Even though I don’t have a business, I often look to her advice about life in general.

Why Marie Forleo is an Inspirational Figure

She has become a role model to me for so many reasons:

  • She didn’t give up to make her dreams come true. She often shares anecdotes on how people didn’t believe in her dreams as she started her life as an entrepreneur.
  • She believes that everyone has something to offer to the world. She genuinely believes in others and their dreams.
  • She adds humor. Sometimes she includes dances and skits in her videos which give her videos a fun quality.
  • She forms meaningful connections and has deep conversations with people. In her interviews, you can tell she does her research when she reads her guests’ books. She asks thoughtful questions about her guests’ work.
  • She’s passionate about her work. She’s often shares how getting to where she’s at took time. That shows she consistently shows up with passion until she gets the results that she wants.

5 Ways to be Inspirational

To recap, here are five things that make people inspirational:

  • They share their failures
  • Believe in others
  • Add fun and humor
  • Participate in meaningful conversations
  • Consistently show up with passion until they get the results that they want

What quality do you think makes someone inspirational?