How I Am Teaching Myself Discipline

dis·ci·pline
ˈdisəplən/

1. the practice of doing the things you need to do, even when you don’t want to do the things

2, working when you really want to just watch Blackish

Obviously, that definition is from the dictionary of Erica.

Did you watch my 2016 Year in Review and 2017 Goals video? If you did, cool. If you didn’t, let me explain something to you about myself. I have a problem. Well, I have more than one problem but one of my issues I want to discuss here is my lack of self-discipline.

I mean, it wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t have goals and stuff. But I do, so it’s a thing. This year I an trying to make some major strides to get a handle on it. Do the things I need to do. Work on the stuff I want to work on. Cross some things off my never-ending lists. So here are some tools and things I am putting into place to help me.

My Bullet Journal

Have you heard of these things? Their magical! Mostly because you make it whatever you want it to be. It’s like Disney. It’s a planner, journal, agenda, calendar… The list can go on forever. I am using mine as a place for all of my thoughts and lists. I am a huge list writer. Video ideas, house work, appointments etc are usually listed in 10 different notebooks and on 100 post its. My bullet journal puts everything in one place and is as organized or messy as I make it.

Setting Aside Time

If you want me you can find me in….my office. Everyday. Monday through Friday. Between 9 and 10 pm central time. You can find me in my office/filming/guest room. Where I will either be filming, editing, writing or just working on ish. This is something I started at the beginning of this year and it is working out perfectly. It gives me plenty of time after work for dinner, chilling on the couch and hanging with the fan before I cross some thing off one of my lists. Now, if only I could wake up a little earlier before work and get stuff done too. Baby steps people. Baby steps.

Organize My Situation 

Now, when I say organize, I don’t just mean clean my room. I mean I do mean clean my room but I also mean keep my thoughts focused. A lot of the time when I sitting at my computer, I either don’t know what to work on at the time or I am focused on way too many things. This leads me to try to do everything and leads me to getting nothing accomplished. Counterproductive, much? So what is my solution for this problem? Girl, I’m still working on it. I don’t have all the answers, Sway. The first step is admitting you have a problem. Right now, I am just sitting down with one tiny goal to accomplish and if I feel myself getting sidetracked, I stop and get back to my tiny goal.

Alright, let me know what little things you do to keep your self on track. Discipline, is my word for 2017. What is yours?

 

 

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  1. Leah
    February 13, 2017 / 1:58 am

    I totally get you with the discipline and trying to keep focus thing. For 2017 that’s what I want to do. Be more discipline, get stuff done so I can stop feeling bad about wanting to do things and not accomplishing them. January was a SUCKY month lol but I decided use it as a lesson and what I realise I do is I waste too much time at work doing nothing and I try to bite off too much one time. So…still trying to find out how to make better use of my time at work with so many distractions, but what I started doing that has seemed to help so far is making a 1-3-5 List. One main/ big goal I want to accomplish for the day, 3 smaller but still pretty important goals and then 5 simple goals that I can achieve much easier. For the one big main goal, I like to break it down into smaller goals so that I can see how close I am to completing it. Even if I don’t complete it in one day, at least I have done some work on it which is better than nothing. Hope this helps and we can both be productive in 2017

    • admin
      February 17, 2017 / 12:25 am

      I do the same thing. I totally try to bite off more than I can chew and end up doing nothing. That is really good idea and a way to not get too overwhelmed. Thank you for the suggestion, I am going to put the 1-3-5 list into practice. Good luck this year and keep me posted. Hopefully we can inspire each other,

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