“Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.”
-Charles F. Glassman
Are you someone who struggles with daily routines or perhaps with lack of one? You have been meaning to get more organized and live a self disciplined life for the longest time, but where’s the time!
December was the month of celebrations and festivities. Then came January, the month of continued celebrations and festivities! You got completely derailed from your routines and from your very ambitious plans for the disciplined life.
The above two paragraphs sums up my current state of being. Trying to get self disciplined has become a real struggle in my life. I’ve been trying to do simple things like sleeping and eating well and on time. But every other day these simple daily routines are getting all messed up!
Yesterday I was working on editing and designing some graphics for the blog. I checked my phone it was 1 o’clock in the night. Today I feel grumpy and irritable, along with burning sensation in my eyes.
I think with the new nature of work that I’m doing as a freelancer and blogger, self discipline is a challenge I have to overcome. Not having a fixed routine and being your own in-charge is cool, but it’s also quite difficult.
I don’t take myself too seriously to listen and obey to every single instructions of my own. But I think it’s time to change that. Also, I figured telling myself to cut some slack because it’s only January is not going to work, since it isn’t January anymore!
Self discipline is the key to solve my current lifestyle crisis. But, where do I begin and how do I train myself to become self disciplined?
I have found a few things that I’m trying to follow to achieve self discipline in life. These simple tips might be useful to you in case you’re in the same page as me!
Here they are-
Self discipline tip #1
Find inspiration and motivation as much as you can. It’s best to look for motivation in good non fiction books. Reading motivational and self help books will change your mindset and help you feel more positive. With the right mindset you can pretty much achieve anything, even self discipline!
You can also find motivation from reading inspirational quotes, articles or anything which gives you energy and makes you feel good.
Self discipline tip #2
Sleeping habits affect our physical and mental health way more then we realize! It’s no wonder we have been told to ‘early to bed and early to rise‘. If you wish to be healthy, wealthy and wise; you have got to go to bed on time and don’t forget to wake up the next day on time too!
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Self discipline tip #3
Eating habits are equally as important as sleeping habits. Again, it’s no wonder we have been told ‘you become what you eat‘. Now, I don’t mind becoming a pizza or a burger or even a potato, but I think I would prefer being a human for this lifetime!
You must try and eat all three meals of the day on time. If it’s possible eat more of homemade food.
Self discipline tip #4
When it comes to getting self disciplined, social media is not something which will help us in any way. Avoid using it or minimize your time to not more than an hour on daily basis.
Instagram has introduced a feature called ‘your activity’ where you can access your time spent on it. You can use this feature if you’re someone addicted to Instagram.
Self discipline tip #5
Planning is essential for achieving any task, but before you make plans take a moment to examine your life. Think about your weaknesses and reflect on the areas that needs most work. May be it’s the sleeping habits that you struggle the most with or may be something else.
Find out where you are mentally/ physically in your personal and professional life. Once you have determined that, start working on your plans for where you would (eventually) want to be.
Self discipline tip #6
Start your planning with a big or main goal in mind. Divide the big goal into couple of small achievable goals. The small ones will make it easy and simple to achieve the big one.
For example: If our big goal is self discipline, then we will have to plan our days to achieve small goals such as healthy sleeping and eating habits, reading for an hour everyday, minimum use of social media, etc on daily basis.
Self discipline is not easy and you need a lot of motivation in order to achieve it. I’ve realized you can’t give up after you have tried the first time or the second, third, fourth or ever!
You have to keep trying; and somewhere along the way of your many failures, you’ll have your day of perfect self discipline.
Then, on the next day you’ll have to begin the process of getting self disciplined all over again.
I’m starting my attempt at getting self disciplined today and if I fail today, I’ll try again tomorrow.
Do share your thoughts on this blog post.
Do you also struggle with self discipline like I do? If not, please share some tips on how to be self disciplined in life 🙂
Thank you so much for reading 🌻