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Self-discipline is an important skill that can help you reach personal and professional goals. Developing self-discipline is like strengthening a muscle, as it can be improved with practice. This skill can make difficult tasks seem more manageable and help you achieve your long-term goals.
The term “self-discipline” describes your ability to focus on a task or goal to accomplish something. Self-disciplined individuals are generally consistent, responsible, persistent and ambitious. They may have a strong work ethic and can successfully finish tasks that must be completed, even when they find it difficult to do so.
In the workplace, self-discipline can take many forms. Generally, self-disciplined workers will complete both exciting and uninteresting tasks on time. They are also likely to have a productive mindset that enables them to meet goals and reach milestones.
Like any skill, self-discipline can be refined with practice, and you may only sometimes be successful. Persevering even when you fail is crucial to reaching your long-term goals.
Here are some tips for improving self-discipline:
- Start small. Choose an area of your life that could benefit from greater self-discipline and begin with a simple task, like being on time daily. Practice discipline in this area until it becomes a habit.
- Challenge your mindset. Your thought patterns may be holding you back. Try confronting your notions of what you can and cannot achieve to accomplish more.
- Find ways to focus. Try dividing a large task into several smaller assignments if you’re having trouble completing it. Take breaks when needed to increase motivation and boost energy.
- Schedule time for high-priority tasks. Although multitasking may be necessary throughout the day, creating time to focus on certain essential duties can help you avoid potential distractions and maximize your attention span.
- Avoid distractions. You may be tempted to look at your phone or chat with a co-worker when completing a tedious task, but resisting these temptations can improve your self-control, strengthening your self-discipline in the long run.
- Set achievable goals. Motivate yourself by setting goals that can be accomplished and working toward them. Use your successes to encourage yourself to keep practicing.
Self-discipline can make the difference between knowing your goals and achieving them. Setting small, achievable goals and staying focused when working on tedious or repetitive tasks can help you become more disciplined. This can help you accomplish your personal and work-related goals in the long run.
Contact your manager for further guidance on self-discipline practices at work.