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.
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)
A habit isn’t bad or good on its own.
Positive habits are an absolute must for success in your health, finances…basically everything.
But negative habits, or bad habits, can combat your positive habits.
In fact, eliminating negative habits can be much more effective than starting new positive habits and often, it’s easier to break a bad habit than it is to stick with a new good habit.
The truth is, you need good habits in your life, but let’s break the bad ones first…
I wrote an article for LifeHack that got over 50k shares. Of course with that kind of popularity the naysayers will come out of the woodwork.
Some of the initial comments were things like “great article!” and “loved this!”. Then I got a “this article made me want to vomit”. I’m not totally sure, but I’m assuming she wasn’t going to vomit our of excitement for how much liked my article. And it got worse from there…
The article was about the differences between the rich and the middle class. I explained how to think like the rich if you want to be rich. That’s where the excuses came from. All kinds of excuses about how some people will never be rich and how they will always be poor no matter what they do. Excuses about the rich inheriting their money and not working for it. It was sad.
Here’s what I have to say about that – more specifically, what I have to say about excuses…
I just released the top 75 books on personal finance and it was insanely popular.
Now it’s time for the “best of the best” productivity list. Yes, that’s a total of 150 books I’m recommending. I hope your to-read list is growing! I’m here to help with that.
I’ve been reading on productivity for years. Just like with personal finance, I’ve read some amazing books and some…not so amazing books.
I’ve decided to leave the not-so-amazing books out off the list. You’re welcome.
These books are not just the best books I have ever read on productivity; they are books that have changed my outlook (for the better) and helped me to achieve things I never would have believed I could do. Prepare to seriously become more productive…
Do you have “your” chair? Your favorite spot?
A recliner, a rocking chair…the porcelain throne…
I realized that I was spending hours each month sitting in my favorite chair and using my time doing practically nothing.
So what did I do? I literally just moved the current book I was reading from the end table across the room to the shelf right beside my favorite chair.
The results? I read 5 more books last month than I planned to.
I realized that reaching reading goals has a lot to do with your environment and you have control over that.
Here’s how you can read more books by controlling your environment…
When my wife and I first got married, I was lazy…I mean really lazy.
It wasn’t just that I didn’t wash dishes or do laundry…I didn’t even take my dishes to the kitchen and my laundry piled up on my floor.
It wasn’t that I was busy, I was just lazy. You know the drill: TV, video games, internet, repeat.
Now, I work full time for the military, run 15 miles per week, lift weights 5 hours per week, write for an hour each day and still manage to help my wife with the dishes and the laundry. Did I mention we are a family of 6 and family time is also very important to us?
So, what changed? Did the military instill this discipline in my life? Not really…