A craftsman masters his trade by repeated practice, with care and continual learning, with devotion to the purpose.
How to instill self-discipline and maintain it, including topics like waking up early, working out, maintaining a healthy diet and getting more work done.
Here’s a simple technique I use. This has worked very well for me when I’ve applied it. It usually takes only 5-10 minutes.
Changing a habit is like playing a game of chess.
In chess there’s an early game, a middle game, and an endgame. The same is true for habit change.
Many people try to change their habits by skipping straight to the endgame. They dive in and commit themselves to making the change happen right away. This is what people do when they make a New Year’s Resolution. It hardly ever works.
You’ve always put cream and sugar in your coffee, but today is different.
You went to put that second spoonful of sugar, and you stopped halfway through.
You only put one and a half today. You’re not sure why, and you’re not sure if it matters. It does.
It matters more than you would ever know. That half of a spoonful could change your life, if you let it.
I’ve always promoted the idea of starting small when creating new habits.
We all know that we can’t start a new workout routine by running 10 miles a day. That’s obvious. But even if you aren’t starting that big, you may be starting too big.
It’s usually not starting way too big that messes us up, it starting just a little bigger than we should have. Just big enough to stop the habit after a few days, weeks or months.
This is where tiny habits come in.
Bj Fogg, PhD, has started a habit revolution with tiny habits. And people are accomplishing amazing things by implementing them.
I’m going to show you how they work and how you can start implementing tiny habits today. Right now, actually…
We all know that discipline is about small habits, practiced consistently, over time.
So what’s the problem? Why is discipline hard?
Because, while those small habits are super easy to do, it’s just as easy to not to do them.
These small habits will help you reach huge goals, but…”there’s always tomorrow”…”I’ll start on Monday”…you know how it goes.
Sure it’s easy to not do it, but you’re about to have a plan. A plan of discipline that you’re going to stick with. So we’re done talking about not doing – it’s time to talk about doing.
You know the importance of sleep.
You know that you need to increase your energy to feel better throughout the day.
You know you want to be a morning person, but sometimes you just can’t drag yourself out of bed.
There’s a reason for that and it doesn’t always come down to diet and exercise, regardless of what most the popular articles want you to believe. The problem often dwells between your ears. It’s not a physical issue, it’s a mental one.
Here’s why you’re not getting up and how to actually wake up early…
When you’re reading productivity articles, you don’t want vague ideas, you want actionable steps that you can take to literally increase your productivity today. You want practical, applicable tips.
I’ve tried my best to make this blog full of actionable tips you can apply to every day of your life.
This article may be the most actionable of them all.
Here are 10 of the most important actions you can take right now, today, to increase your productivity by leaps and bounds…
(You can click each point for more on that topic)