Okay, so recently I got several requests from people to write about bringing discipline into life. I am asked questions like: How do you manage to accomplish so much in your day? How do you get the time? OMG, how can you wake up so early? What different do you do in life?
I thought, why not blog this topic and share my experiences and & hope people will find it useful!
Okay, have you gone through pain at any point of time in your life? Most of you, I assume, will say Yes.
Now let us define pain in terms of success & growth. There are two types of pain here as quoted by one of the greatest disciplinarian: Jim Rohn
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
So the choice is yours. In this blog, I will share tips that have personally worked for me to become disciplined and ways I succeeded to achieve it.
WAKE UP IN THE MORNING BY 4:30 AM
This is a proven mantra, that really works for me. I swear by this mantra.
I know it sounds absurd as to how is waking up at 4:30 AM related to discipline? But trust me blindly, this works.
How does this work? Simple. It gives you your SELFISH time. By waking up early, I began utilizing a lot of quiet time with MYSELF.
Beginning my day early improved my concentration. It is biological, the energy levels of the body and alertness in the brain are extremely high in the morning. Waking up early for me is like drinking Red Bull. It is an instant boost to my activeness & decision making.
I started waking up early and hitting the gym, writing my blogs & reading books. I got extra time to work on my tasks while the rest of the world is asleep.
Now, I wonder why people complain that 24 hours is way less time in a day. LOL, 24 hours is a LOT. Analyze for yourself.
MAKE A TO-DO LIST FOR THE DAY
Nothing fancy, but just a simple ‘NOTES’ app on my iPhone helped me to start with categorizing my daily tasks. You can check out the picture as an example of my To-do list on this app.
You can categorize tasks in your own way in a notebook, or in your phone – anywhere you are comfortable with. The categories also can be based on your daily tasks.
Some tips that I can share on how to make To-Do Lists are:
- Begin with Categories like Office Work, Workout (Gym), Appointments, Self-Growth, House-work
- Write down the task in a precise way instead of lengthy descriptions
- Set REALISTIC GOALS. Do not aim too much and achieve less.
- Keep room for unexpected tasks that might need your attention
- Be confident & work hard to complete the To-Do list
DO NOT WASTE TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA & STREAMING SERVICES
Have you ever calculated how much time on an average you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime?
After your calculation is done, answer this question: WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Firstly, I will clarify that I am also a social media person. Nevertheless, I do not believe in wasting time clinging to the phone every minute to check who posted what? who liked my posts? who commented on what picture? NO. This is a mental addiction. If you find yourself doing this, STOP.
You know what? It might sound hilarious, but I watch Netflix when I am having my dinner or while cleaning my room or when I am almost on the verge of dozing off to sleep (LOL, I watch so that I can sleep soon). I do not dedicate my time just to watch Netflix. Read about the series and keep yourself update if need be, watch it in parallel while eating lunch/dinner or while cleaning room. Just do not get addicted. PLEASE.
Do not let social media & streaming services hinder your progress towards discipline. Try it and see the results for yourself.
PRACTICE – HABITS FORM WITH TIME
Do you believe that you can achieve discipline in a DAY? I assure you that you will FAIL.
It is humanly not possible to achieve discipline in a day. But it is not impossible to achieve it over time. Slowly, with practice.
I personally started becoming disciplined after almost months of practice.
Do not get demotivated if you could not achieve all your goals on the first day. Be consistent. Do not leave the practice in the middle. Slow & steady wins the race.
I am sure you may have heard ‘Rome Was Not Built in Day’. Well, it is true.
To conclude, I would want to thank all my readers who requested me to compose this blog. It is genuinely very helpful to get feedback about my write-up so that I can learn & understand your views better. Let me know if you need me to write about anything specifically important to you.
Hope this blog was useful to you. If yes, please share it and motivate people around you to be disciplined! Cheers.