Productivity doesn’t just happen. Just like it is more than writing a list (see “Why A To Do List Will Not Make You Productive”), it involves actually DOING things.
Doing things is dependent on your ability to make yourself do things. Another term for this is the phrase “self discipline”.
Self-discipline is not about abusing ourselves to go beyond the limits of our strength. It is simply about keeping ourselves on track.
Most people develop self-discipline as they grow up; however, there are ways to increase your level, and thereby increase your level of productivity.
How to Enhance Your Self-Discipline
View Self-Discipline as a Muscle
Self-discipline can be viewed much like a muscle in our bodies. One does not start weightlifting by attempting to lift hundreds of pounds at once; it must be done gradually, to stretch the muscles while building strength. By stretching our abilities to persevere, they grow greater, but only if we don’t overdo it and attempt too much at once.
Practice, practice, practice!
How to you get to Carnegie Hall, the old joke asks. “Practice, practice, practice!” No amount of expertise or skill is ever gained overnight. To get better, you must practice often, and move the mark a little bit farther every time.
Increased self-discipline is not unattainable. By working at it consistently and increasing gradually, you will find your ability to get things done increasing in no time!
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