What great tips do you have to improve your self-discipline?

Unfortunately, I don’t have any “great” tips.I only have ordinary tips that help at least me (as ADHD people):

  • If the alarm clock calls early in the morning: Don’t think.

to get up. Right away.The “snooze” function is poison. Once you use them, you will also use them two, three… use several times. And at some point you switch to “Snooze” in half-sleep, and then you have little of it. Get up and put it in the shower immediately. That awakens. Especially if you put on cold at the end of the shower.

  • In the case of unpopular tasks that one likes to push in front of oneanother, the following applies: Do the tasks on which you are not happy first.
  • Save the things you like to do as a reward for afterwards.Otherwise, you push them endlessly before you until they are done in a panic (and pretty certainly bad) in a “last minute” emergency action. That’s just stress. The tax return, for example… Paying bills…

  • In general, we humans are mostly reward-driven.
  • In other words, we respond well to rewards. Take advantage of that. Choose something you like to do and promise yourself that you will enjoy it as a reward for completing the task that “stinks”you.And then stick to it. It is very important that you enter into agreements that you make with yourself.

  • And again in a similar direction as at the first point: Don’t think toomuch.
  • We tend to overthink things that bother us / stress / anxiety (in the sense of English “overthinking”). We ponder. Our thoughts revolve around the subject and we succumb to the negative feelings that these thoughts trigger. Instead, I propose to eliminate the source of the malaise. Get up and do the job. First, it is a done business. Secondly, you have proved to yourself that you cando this task.So she loses her power to throw you into a ponder.

    These thoughts also apply to exam preparations, finally to exercise again, and so on.Stay tuned. Don’t like anything. Show the inner hog dog that you are the boss/ the boss. Otherwise, the little calf bite gains more and more power over you. This is becoming a downward spiral. To the vicious circle.

    But if you take the helm again, you reverse this downward spiral, and with each success you become stronger.You become more disciplined.

    If that seems too difficult, lower your expectations.It doesn’t have to be a big goal like “losing 20 kilos”. Something like that needs discipline and motivation. Start smaller instead. Get out of the house. Just for you, not because you have to. Turn off the game console. Take your time to pick up a book again.

    Consciously deal with time – especially with your free time.In any case, we usually have too little of this. If you don’t consciously deal with your free time, you risk falling back into passive behaviorpatterns – those you don’t consciously and planned, but simply “get in.” Spend a day in front of the TV/computer to watch this series on Netflix… and… already the day off is through and you hardly had any of it. But if you’re going to do things differently and you’re trying to do something that you’ve been pushing long before you, like “go back to the gym” – then you can consciously track your series on Netflix as a reward. But set a goal, like “I’m watching three episodes now and then I switch off and cook.” And be strict with you. Stick to it. The same applies, of course, when playing on your PC or xbox/PS4… If you let yourself fall passively, the day is over in no time. Recovery effect almost zero.

    Now the reader may wonder what all this has to do with discipline.well… everything. Discipline, and this includes above all self-discipline, can have to do with coercion. “I’m now forcing myself to do something, whether I like it or not…” But that is not really sustainable. Personally, I would save such measures for emergencies. But in everyday life, other methods work better. In everyday life, it is more sustainable when I practice self-discipline. And by means of rewards, provide a supportive motivation to give this step a goal. One reason. And with every success you become stronger, as already mentioned. And that is the foundation for positive self-discipline.

    Best wishes!

    Originally asked question: What great tips do you have to improve your self-discipline?

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