This blog post is a little different today, because I’m not here to give you solutions or strategies. I’m not here to share the latest scientific or psychological techniques to help you with discipline. This is a subject about which I can’t give you the answers, because I don’t know them.
Discipline has been on my mind a lot lately. Lack of discipline is something I’ve struggled with for many years. It’s not that I don’t have any because in some areas of my life, I do – like checking my email and Facebook updates. I’m also very disciplined at mindlessly surfing the Internet for so much time that I sometimes don’t have enough time to get important stuff done. I could go on, but you get the point. I have a feeling that I’m not alone, here, and that maybe you struggle with this too.
For me, personally, I’ve chipped away at my own discipline-related issues and have definitely improved over time, but it’s because I continue to struggle with being organized and disciplined that I’ve made it a priority to study discipline this year. So I’m actually sharing my search for greater discipline with you at the start, rather than at the finish. Instead of sharing what I’ve learned after-the-fact, I’m going to share my frustrations and insights along the way as I attempt to carefully dissect the subject of discipline and how to have more of it.
My Goal and A Theory
In my last post, Sometimes You Don’t Need Motivation, I included a picture of my messy desk. It’s where I’m typing this right now. I have begun thinning out the chaos on my desk and in my office, but without a solid plan, it’ll come back. So my goal is to learn the following:
- How to finally get organized.
- How to stay organized.
- How to manage my time effectively.
- Understand the basic components of discipline.
- What inhibits or derails discipline.
- How to be very disciplined without being too rigid.
- How to maintain short- and long-term discipline.
- How to track multiple projects effectively and make steady progress on them.
- How to stay disciplined even when my life gets chaotic.
Today, on the Facebook page, I mentioned my theory about discipline. “The more organized you are, the more disciplined you’ll be. The more disciplined you are, the better spouse, friend, and citizen you will be.” I don’t know if this is true, but I’m pretty sure it is. I’ll let you know later, after I’ve become more disciplined.
I’m going to be updating you periodically as I learn about discipline, apply what I learn, and see what works for me. I’m going to do my best to finally decode discipline, but would love to hear what you think.
Are you disciplined or do you struggle with it? What works for you? What doesn’t? Where do you struggle? Where are you successful?
Let’s talk. Leave your thoughts below.