When I talk to other people on time management many tell me that they simply do not have the discipline to be effective. I think that discipline with regards to time management is a bad thing and it makes people fail early in their efforts to improve themselves.
If you try to have discipline you generally tend to try too much at once. It is often about changing habits and this is a difficult task requiring time. Then you feel that you are failing and accuse yourself that you simply lack discipline. This is a very negative feeling and it kills all motivation to go ahead. As a result often the entire improvement project is at stake and people simply give up. On top of this the mental hurdle to start again get higher and higher with each failure.
So, my recommendation is - if you want to change yourself NEVER use the word discipline again!
Changing your life and your habits is all about motivation and positive enforcement and rewards. Before you start your personal development program you write down the following:
- Why do I want to change this?
- What is motivating me?
- What can be quick wins?
- How can I reward myself?, what reward can I give myself for achieving milestones and what will I reward myself with after accomplishment?