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By Vedika Patel | 29th May, 2023

Discover powerful techniques to overcome distractions, build self-discipline, and achieve your goals. Learn why running away from challenges hinders your progress and how discomfort training can transform your mindset. Explore practical strategies like the Pomodoro technique, goal setting, creating routines, and staying consistent. Overcome self-doubt, forgive yourself for setbacks, and make progress even on difficult days. Start your journey to improved focus and productivity today!

Do you find yourself on your phone again after you promised to concentrate on your work for the next 30 minutes…distraction-free? Well, you probably didn't keep to your promise, but in this article, you'll learn techniques that'll make you a keeper of your word and MUCH more self-disciplined. Before that, let's find out why you lack self-discipline and why it interferes with your daily life to such an extent.

Stop Running Away!

What we fear doing most is usually what we MOST need to do

The definition of self-discipline is, "the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses," which, in simpler terms, is having control over yourself to climb over the hurdles you encounter, ultimately learning you to achieve your goals.

So why do you lack self-discipline? It's because you choose to go the easy way. One of the main reasons we lack such an important skill is that we believe in running away from the uncomfortable obstacles in life and instead turn to the more straightforward, familiar things will help us.

Sounds familiar?

Alas! Though sitting in comfort zone is what most of us like the most rather than taking the road less travelled, it isn’t the right way to deal with things. When you run away from the hard things, you become unaccustomed to them and, at some point or the other, you have to face either the situation or the consequences. Which is why you have to STOP! Stop running from the hard things, even if they seem impossible or embarrassing; once you do them, it's not that bad! And you can only grow and flourish if you try out new things.

Discomfort Training

You miss 100% of the chances you DON'T take

A few things you can do to train your self-discipline and urges, are directly facing the obstacles, standing with pride against it, and having the willpower to do it. Once the mindset's there, the rest falls in place, just like a trail of dominos. However, you still need to become self-disciplined; there're still things you should practice to get all your work done, and here are a few of those!

1. A Pomodoro timer — one of the most commonly known study techniques involves the Pomodoro technique wherein you do a specific task for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break and continue with longer sessions and intervals. Setting a time limit for a particular task helps you stick to it and not get distracted by anything external.

2. Know that it's this or nothing; tell yourself that it's either that you do your work now or do nothing instead. It's common to go for the task between being productive and unproductive to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride!

3. Make your goal clear; write down on paper how completing the task will benefit you or those around you, motivating you further to finish it! Often doing a task for others helps you concentrate on it more; if that resonates with you, dig deeper and find how the task's success affects others; this will give you the push you need!

4. Create routines (and STICK to them) — when your day is planned out, and you know what to do when you feel more relaxed and know what to do and when. Know that if you keep procrastinating, your work will never be done. Set the time and remind yourself that it's non-negotiable. Tell family and friends when you'll be focusing on the task and that they shouldn't disturb you during that period.

5. Be consistent! As they say, consistency is critical. When you're compatible with the task, it will gradually become more effortless and seem like a piece of cake and show results that motivate you further. Remember that not being consistent is equivalent to having nothing done and ruining your progress so far.

6. Don't rely on mood — it may sound brutal; however, you can't always do things when you feel like doing them, like assignments! You might often not get the feeling of doing it, which shouldn't stop you from unleashing your potential.

7. Planning ahead and having your tasks set out for each day (no matter how small! Even 'take your meds' counts!) and ticking them off will boost your motivation and help with consistency.

These were just a few of the many others, like making to-do lists or setting priorities straight so you can see your tasks beforehand and be prepared to face them. Remember to eliminate distractions and try making the task fun if that's what'll help you do them! You can save a slice of your favorite pastry in the fridge and relish it at the success of concluding the task!

What If You Can't?

What if everything's going smoothly, but your streak of consistency is ruined because of the most minor thing? Don't, at any cost, blame yourself! Instead, understand and figure out why it occurred. Find out how to prevent it from happening again, and most importantly, forgive yourself. Remember that you aren't perfect and that no one is. Continuously fretting over the lack of self-discipline and beating yourself up for it won't do any good! What happened, happened; let it be in the past and move on!

Furthermore, if you find yourself stuck despite trying different techniques, try making it easier for yourself! You don't have to start with the most complex thing; that'd be like an amateur attempting a black belt karate trainees' routine (Tremendously hard!). You can start with easier things or even divide the workload into parts.

Keep your day from turning into a zero day! A zero day is a day when you accomplish nothing at all. Even if you couldn't and don't see yourself being able to complete your goal for today, accomplish something else, something more manageable. Keep your plan in mind; even if it's not the most significant step towards it, do something. One page, one essay, one pushup, it does not matter. It counts as long as you do something that's contributing to your goal.

Just in case you feel burnt out, let yourself rest! There's no point in forcing yourself when you're not feeling emotionally, mentally, or physically well. It'll only act as a weight pulling you down from succeeding and achieving your goal, since doing something when you have negative feelings towards it will only ruin your motivation to do it.

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