The most basic and essential element of time management is being disciplined with yourself. That's easier said than done. Here's how to actually achieve this.
By: Ava Kesler
There are plenty of methods out there to achieve the perfect time management system. But let's be honest, we barely even have time to learn about how to manage our time! So here is a method that takes no time to do, and will never fail you.
Establishing What Discipline Is
When someone is disciplined, they have the ability to sit down and tell themself that they are doing this, and then they will actually do it.
This is a tricky art to master, and it's ok to have your off days when you have no schedule at all. But there will be times when you will need to immediately snap into discipline, and you won't have time to drag on the work. Here are the steps to mastery so that you can call up your self-discipline, just like that!
Practice Makes Perfect
Practicing self-discipline is the most effective way to achieve mastery of self-discipline.
You might be looking for a step by step guide that you can always follow (I know I did), but I'm going to tell you right now that no one can explain to you how to be disciplined. It's like explaining to your cat not to pee all over the house.
The steps to self-discipline are already inside you. You just have to try, and through experience you will finally figure it out for yourself.
Not only is this perfect because it is a personalized method just for you, but it is also much more rewarding that you discovered and earned that method yourself. No article can take credit for that.
You just have to go out there and try to be disciplined for yourself.
You might use a timer to finish all of your work, then you might try listening to music, or you could attempt doing your homework in a different chair for each subject. Each person is different and will need their own unique way to reach this step.
An even more important reason why you must try self-discipline yourself is because no one can truly encompass the beautiful feeling you have when you finish all your tasks.
You have to feel that satisfaction for yourself. Knowing that you did all of that work, all under your own free will, is so much more gratifying than any other type of work.
You might be skeptical now, but that is why you must try it for yourself. Take a day to be self-disciplined and discover the benefits on your own. Then use that newfound happiness to fuel yourself to be disciplined the next day, and the next.
But take a breather if it becomes too much for you. Burning out will undo all of your hard work.
A breather could be anywhere from 10 minutes, to a week or more. It all depends on your situation. Now don't be disappointed that I can't tell you exactly how much of a breather to take and when. That would be like telling a cat to need to go outside at exactly 9am every morning. If it needs to relieve itself at 4am one day and 7am the next, then by all means let it go whenever necessary if it means saving the curtains.