The first thing that you have to become more self-discipline is to accept your perceive reality accurately and consciously acknowledge what you perceive.
This may sound simple, but in practice it’s extremely difficult. If you find it difficult in any part of your life, there is a strong chance that the real problem is accepting reality as it is.
Why is acceptance so important? Do you remember the example from the previous post about weight training? If you are going to succeed at weight training, the first step is to figure out what weights you can already lift. How strong are you right now? Unless you figure out how strong you are right now you will not be able to adopt a sensible training program. In the same way if are not accepting your current situation then it will be going be hard to find a program that will improve your self-disciple and productivity.
If you’re not consciously aware of your stand right now in terms of your level of self-discipline, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to make any progress in this area.
Here’s a list of challenges to get you thinking about where you stand right now (in no particular order):
Do you shower/bathe every day?
Do you get up at the same time every morning? Including weekends?
Are you overweight?
Do you have any addictions (caffeine, nicotine, sugar, etc.) you’d like to break but haven’t?
Is your email inbox empty right now?
Is your office neat and well organized?
Is your home neat and well organized?
How much time do you waste in a typical day? On a weekend?
If you make a promise to someone, what’s the percentage chance you’ll keep it?
If you make a promise to yourself, what’s the percentage chance you’ll keep it?
Could you fast for one day?
How well organized is your computer’s hard drive?
How often do you exercise?
What’s the greatest physical challenge you’ve ever faced, and how long ago was it?
How many hours of focused work do you complete in a typical workday?
How many items on your to do list are older than 90 days?
Do you have clear, written goals? Do you have written plans to achieve them?
If you lost your job, how much time would you spend each day looking for a new one, and how long would you maintain that level of effort?
How much TV do you currently watch? Could you give up TV for 30 days?
How do you look right now? What does your appearance say about your level of discipline (clothes, grooming, etc.)?
Do you primarily select foods to eat based on health considerations or on taste/satiety?
When was the last time you consciously adopted a positive new habit? Discontinued a bad habit?
Are you in debt? Do you consider this debt an investment or a mistake?
Did you decide in advance to be reading this blog right now, or did it just happen?
Can you tell me what you’ll be doing tomorrow? Next weekend?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your overall level of self-discipline?
What more could you accomplish if you could answer that last question with a 9 or 10?
After you have answer your entire question on this list then thinks about the things that you have some level of discipline and what are the things that are total out of your control. Now it’s time that you start your self-disciple process.
You will select one of the thing that you think will make the most of the difference in your life right now and you will make a plan of progressive development in that field.
For example you can work of 30 min without getting distracted you think that you productive will increase if you were able to focus of 2 hour straight. So you will start with working for 40 min blocks.
After a week of doing that you will increase the time to 50 min. I know that is slow progress but you will have much long lasting results.