Thursday, November 23, 2017

One essential factor for productivity and success

How many people long for more productivity and success?

Self-discipline is an essential factor for productivity and success. Without it, one becomes lazy, unmotivated, and dependent upon others. Lack of self-discipline also makes for a difficult-to-deal-with employee, boss, or coworker.

Exercising self-discipline means, in an old-fashioned term, setting yourself to a task. You need to know what must be done, when it must be done– and do it. Good self-discipline includes a basic schedule, or framework, of what needs to be accomplished within a specific period of time. You do not allow yourself to become sidetracked, or to procrastinate.

However, being too rigid with self-discipline does not increase productivity. It can even lessen it. If you do not allow yourself any breaks throughout the workday, or any room for error at all, the expectations you are placing on yourself are too rigid. Instead of getting more done, or doing more in a shorter period of time, it can cause you to become frustrated with your tasks and your job.

If you learned self-discipline early in life, you probably do not have any difficulty with it now. On the other hand, if your schooling years and family life were too rigid, or if little was expected of you, this is a good time to develop the habit. You may have managed to slide through your early years without a good sense of self-discipline, but it will be a stumbling-block to your career.

A good way to start cultivating self-discipline is to acknowledge what you are responsible for. You can begin by holding yourself accountable for getting the job done correctly and on time. If this is a relatively new concept for you, you also need to acknowledge that errors do occur, and be able to fix them without undue frustration.

Exercising self-discipline also includes not allowing yourself to be sidetracked by time-wasting distractions and activities. While you may need and deserve a little break during your workday, it cannot throw you off-course from getting the job done. When you have developed the habit of self-discipline, completing tasks will be easier. They will be done well, and on time. It will increase your productivity, and help you to move that much closer to success.

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3 Responses to “One essential factor for productivity and success”
  1. Linda says:

    Self-discipline is definitely something I need to improve. I can be very disciplined when I want to be. But if I’m having a low energy day, I slip very easily. Especially when it comes to tedious tasks, exercise, and eating healthy. It happens a lot more often than I like to admit.

  2. Robin says:

    Thanks for sharing Linda. A very powerful step in overcoming this area is to acknowledge that there’s a need for improvement. You sound like the perfect candidate for my 90 Days of Empowerment and Focus Coaching program. Thanks again!

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