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Learn Self Discipline - How to Stop Procrastinating and Be More Productive

By Edited Aug 19, 2015 2 8

I Googled "discipline yourself" to see if there are ways for me to stop procrastinating so much and instead get things.  Do you know anyone who procrastinates?   Hopefully they recognize it.  Maybe it would be a good idea to show this article to anyone who might benefit from reading it.  Getting rid of one's procrastination takes a lot of hard work.  It involves replacing bad habits with good ones.  Just like when an individual tries to quit smoking, procrastinators must keep on properly deal with their rituals whenever they fail.  It will take time for changes to occur.  One step at a time.  

Here are five short instructions from an article on groundreport.com.

Five Short Instructions to Discipline Yourself

1. Have good daily habits. Eat meals at the same time. Eat the same amount of portions everyday. Go to sleep at the same time. Wake up after a certain number of hours every day. Follow the same routine and be a creature of habit. Hopefully, you don't heed your mental and physical health. [1]

2. On tasks that you give yourself to do, you must try your best to achieve your needs/wants. Therefore, you need to be consistent. Bring yourself to try to do something, and don't make a big deal of failing. [1]

3. Be aware of your emotions. A person told me to write a journal that centers on what I'm feeling. I didn't grew up being fully aware of what other people and my emotions were. Nevertheless, do not be so emotional. [1]

4. Take care of your health. Having energy is part of that, and you will need to form new habits that will assist you with it. Once you're in good health, then stay fit. [1]

5. You are a human with feelings; thus, reward yourself for your self-discipline. Rest and relax at times as you do always need to continue on with your daily routine. [1]

A Nice Segue

Reward yourself for reading the beginning of this article. In case you haven't noticed, it is long-winded. Relax for two minutes by just staying still and rest your eyes. Or how about take a look at your email account?

Steve Pavlina

Steve Pavlina defines self-discipline as the capability to get yourself to take action no matter how you feel at the moment. In order to build up one's self-discipline, find yourself as many ways as possible to be trained. All the exercises should be able to help you to gradually establish your self-discipline. Right now, I dislike the fact that I don't feel like doing anything when it becomes very cold or very humid at home. I'm not fond of turning on an air-conditioner or a heater. I don't like to rely on these appliances for comfort. I am also too cheap to use them. [2]

Acceptance

There are five pillars of self-discipline that Steve Pavlina has described. The first one is acceptance, which means that you apprehend reality correctly and consciously admit what you know to understand. You must be on target knowing exactly what challenges you should give yourself so you can be disciplined. [2]There are many different areas of self-discipline: disciplined communications, disciplined diet, disciplined exercising, disciplined sleep, etc. Different types of activities are needed to build discipline in each area. [2]

Steve recommends to consider which area is your weakest, and then figure out a training program for you to ameliorate in this area. Having acceptance means for you to assess what actions you are having problem doing so you can acknowledge and accept your starting point for the venture. It also means to openly accept the first step whether or not you feel good about it. You must also commit yourself to what you have to work with - even if it isn't fair. You unfortunately won't get any stronger until you accept where you are now. [2]

If you have acceptance, you would be either ignorant or in denial. Being ignorant means you don't know how disciplined you are. You don't know that you don't know. "You won't have a vivid notion of what you can and can't do." Instead of acknowledging that the task was too difficult for you, you're more likely to blame the task or blame yourself for failing. You also don't see you need to be stronger. [2]

You're confined into a not genuine view of reality when you're being in denial about your level of discipline. Regarding your capabilities, you're either overly optimistic or pessimistic about them. You may not give yourself proper training if you don't take the time to see where you stand. [2]To read Steve's own words about acceptance that includes examples, go to: stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-acceptance/

Willpower

The second pillar of self-discipline is willpower. In order to take advantage of all the willpower you possess, you must learn what it can and cannot do. With this trait, you'll be able to arrange a succinct of action and do them. [3]

Willpower is the spearhead of self-discipline by providing an intensely powerful boost for a small period of time. If it is conducted astutely, it can furnish the exertion you need to prevail over idleness and give rise to momentum. [3]

Use willpower to complete the following three steps:
1. Choose your objective
2. Create a plan of attack
3. Execute the plan
[3]

Take as much time as you need to actuate actions for steps one and two. When you get to step three, you must try to finish it quickly while being intense and direct with your emotions. [3]

A reason for an individual to utilize willpower is to create self-sustaining momentum. The proper use of willpower is to set up - change the conditions - a golden spot (beachhead) to permanently alter the place itself so it would be easier to carry forward your tasks. [3]

Be aware that willpower isn't meant to be used everyday. It needs a level of energy - conscious focus - that can only be continued on for a short period of time. The energy usually last for a few days; there, willpower is useful for sprints, not marathons.

To read Steve's own words about willpower that includes examples, go to: stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-willpower/

Willpower is used to modify your environment. You can also use synonyms for the word "environment" such as atmosphere, circumstances, or surroundings to describe the second pillar of self-discipline.

Hard Work

The third pillar of self-discipline is hard work. Steve's definition of it is challenges for you. Whenever you have self-discipline to do what is hard, you will have means of approaching to a realm of results that are disavowed to everyone else. Think of the concept of willingness to do what is difficult is akin to having a key to a spectacular palace full of treasures just for you. [4]

Hard work can be applied to everything. It isn't conditioned to only certain subject matters. Hard work can be used to accomplish positive long-term outcomes unmindful of the specifics. [4]

Strong challenge = strong results

You may have an easy path to success every once in a while, but it could just be a fluke. Do you think you would be able to repeat it, or maintain your success? Have you thought what may happen once other people learn how to achieve the same easy prosperity? You may end up be in competition with an abundant number of people. [4]

Working with challenging tasks is very imperative since most people will do what's the easiest. They, including me, avoid hard work as if it's a deadly communicable virus. The more demanding challenges will more likely see a lot less competition and a lot more opportunity. [4]

"Hard work pays off," said Steve Pavlina. When you hear the opposite, look out for the sales pitch for something that is easy and fast." He also tells readers, "The greater your capacity for hard work, the more recompensations fall within your reach. The deeper you are willing to dig, the more treasure you can potentially discover." [4]

One of the things you must accept are those areas of your life that won't yield anything less than hard hard work. Thus, the first pillar of self-discipline, acceptance, goes hand-in-hand with hard work. {4]

If you want your life to reach a whole new level, then you need to stop evading and being uneasy to hard work and simply surrender to it. Definitely, it is better to have hard work as an ally (since it is a powerful tool) instead as an enemy. [4]

To read Steve's own words about hard work that includes examples, go to: stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-hard-work/

Industry

The fourth pillar of self-discipline is industry. It means to spend time completing you work, which could either be difficult or easy. It is important to do things or else they will pile up and make a big mess of your life. [5]

You may refuse to make time to do your tasks, and do it correctly, but disciplining yourself can help you develop the capacity to put in the time where it's needed. If you find it unclear on what needs to be done, then you need to figure it out. You will most likely need to look for information and teach yourself. When you are industrious, you would be able to squeeze more value out of your time. [5]

Absolutely utilize the better or faster way to conduct or get rid of your problem so you can avoid working on a time-consuming solution. Just trash it. Or even delegate it. [5]

An important tip is don't bother buying gadgets and technology to make you more productive. It will only assist to cover your bad habits. Nonetheless, go ahead and use technology if you're already industrious without it. [5] If you want to read about tripling your personal productivity, go to: stevepavlina.com/articles/triple-your-personal-productivity.htm

To read Steve's own words about industry that includes examples, go to: stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-industry/

Persistence

The fifth pillar of self-discipline is persistence, which is the ability to maintain action regardless of your feelings. You may feel like quitting, but you continue on. Persistence enables you to keep on taking actions even when you don't feel like doing them. What will produce results? Your actions. [6]

Persistence will provide its own motivation. If you keep on taking action, you'll get results, which can be very motivating. [6]

It is okay to give up and stop being persistent on a task/goal. It is better to do so than being stubborn. [6]

You should continue to be persistent instead of giving up if your plans and goals are still correct. It's okay to change them otherwise just give up. [6]

On each succeeding year, you would be a different person if you're mentally and emotionally growing as a human being. Changes will often be forceful and fast if you consciously pursue personal development. [6]

The value of persistence comes from a vision of the future that endears you to work on it to make it happen. Persistence of action comes from persistence of vision. When you're clear about the things you want (your vision doesn't change much), you'll be more consistent in your actions. Then you will produce consistency of results. [6]

To read Steve's own words about persistence that includes examples, go to: stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-persistence/


References:

[1] www.groundreport.com/Lifestyle/How-To-Discipline-Yourself_3/2905548
[2] www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-acceptance/
[3] www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-willpower/
[4] www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-hard-work/
[5] www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-industry/
[6] www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/self-discipline-persistence/

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Comments

Jan 31, 2011 8:53am
Deborah-Diane
Wow! Great advice for anyone who wants to stop procrastinating! Thanks for sharing.
Jan 31, 2011 6:25pm
freedomw
Thank you Deborah-Diane for commenting and reading my article.
Mar 13, 2011 11:59pm
westernmom
What a comprehensive article on procrastinating. I am sending a link to one of my daughters who just happens to be very bad at this. Hopefully this will inspire her. I sure did me and I don't have a problem with it at all!!!
Apr 20, 2011 7:18am
freedomw
Thank you for reading and commenting on my article, westernmom. I'm glad you don't have a problem with it. Thank you for sending a link to one of your daughters. I hope it will work for her. It will be a long process for me to stop procrastinate so much.
Mar 14, 2011 3:30pm
Lynsuz
Don't put off til tomorrow what can be done today, or the next or next day. Procrastinating can become a very bad habit. Good article
Apr 20, 2011 7:19am
freedomw
Thank you for reading commenting on my article, Lynsuz. Too bad for mankind that some people need a lot of work to get rid of procrastinating.
Apr 19, 2011 7:37pm
Adrienne
I'm a big fan of Steve Pavlina
Apr 20, 2011 7:22am
freedomw
I'm glad you know about him, Adrienne. In case you didn't know, you could register as a member to his forum that is meant to help everyone with their personal development. I joined, but I haven't logged into the forum for awhile.
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