We’re entering a brand new year. It’s the time when pretty much everyone is setting their New Year’s resolution again (who invented this crazy tradition?).
Truth is, resolutions are often set in the midst of New Year’s euphoria and is hardly ever achieved. We can give myriad of reasons as to why we’re not achieving what we set out to do, chances are it all boils down to one factor, self-discipline.
Admittedly, self-discipline is a core attribute to productivity, focus, and happiness of one’s life. Therefore, it is really important for us to develop a set of discipline, or rituals to hold ourselves in check.
Here are some simple practices to work out your self-discipline muscle!
Love Your Mondays
The Monday Dilemma – often on the Sunday night, you just stare out the window and think very deeply about the sad reality that it’s Monday again! Well, Mondays can be awesome too if you always plan ahead. Mondays are often overwhelming because it’s usually the day when we figure out how to manage and schedule in all of our work for the week. Therefore, use your Sunday to do all the planning, or even better, finish your task from the previous Friday, so that you can take it easy Monday!
Start Waking Up Earlier
Be an early riser – even if you hate mornings. Undeniably, the tone of our morning has a powerful impact as it carries on forward to the rest of our day. So, start your day right by getting up early. When you do get up early, you will feel as though you have conquered the day. With that, you’ve already won half the battle to a great day.
Save Before You Spend
Do not save whatever is left after spending, but rather spend whatever is left after saving. It’s rocket science and deep down we know it’s a great idea, but seriously, how many of us actually do practice it? It is important to remind ourselves exactly why are we saving so that we don’t lapse into a spending spree which brings short-term pleasure but long-term pain.
Read At Least One Page Everyday
The demands of a modern life can sometimes leave little time for favorite pastimes such as reading. In fact, reading will not only boost our knowledge but also strengthen our focus and memory. Be it a book, an article or any digital reading materials, by reading at least one page everyday, over a year, you would be 365 pages ahead of others who don’t read.
Set Your Achievable Daily Goals
“Live each day as if it’s your last.” – old but gold. It is important to have your own daily goals, as the short-term goals are to keep you on track on the road to achieving your long-term goals. Write down your daily goal and actual achievements, train yourself to stick to your plan and increase the intensity… You may find that with personal development and achieving your goals, you’re able to improve your well being and overall happiness.