Today, I decided to ask my mentor Ira for help in the growth of my “self-discipline” sector. I tend to get distracted and it really affects my levels of efficiency and productivity. Along with that, I’m working on improving my probability of following through with things. I know a lot of people may have that problem too (ex: people that don’t follow through with their new year’s resolution) so I’d like to share Ira’s helpful answer with the internet.
this is not just a problem for you.
it is human nature.
only humans have this problem
(any other species, if a member gets distracted from what is the main priority, will get eaten immediately)
and we have it big time !!!!
so do not feel alone.
everyone gets distracted. and looks for ways to be more distracted (procrastination)
there is no easy fix.
the fix can only come slowly over time.
there is no one solution.
some of these ideas may help:
write down the one most important thing you need to do.
(don’t scare yourself away by making a long list)
then do that one.
then write down the next one.
then do that one.
etc. One at a time
promise to yourself that when you start something, you finish it.
no stopping in the middle. for anything.
reward yourself each time you do that one thing to completion.
reward with something you really like.
find someone else who also needs to do things.
you each do your “one” at the same time….
any of these sound good?
I’ve decided that editing a video everyday will be the first important thing I will be working on.
I heard that it helps to do one thing that you find important or productive, first thing in the morning because it helps you develop a momentum to being more productive throughout the rest of the day. Even if you aren’t productive for the rest of the day, AT LEAST you got to do ONE thing productive that day. That way, you don’t feel you’ve wasted your day. You can develop more productive habits from there on. I’ve done this before, for about a week and I can say that it really did help me improve on levels of productivity.
YAY for taking it in small and easy steps, one by one!
For those that have a list of things they’d like to do but have trouble picking out what they should start on first, I really suggest picking the easiest thing to do on your list. I had two things on my list: waking up early everyday and editing a video everyday. Waking up early everyday is something that intimidates me a lot more than editing a video everyday. So if I went on and chose waking up early everyday, I would have a lower probability of actually doing it. So instead, I chose to edit a video everyday because I will have a higher probability of accomplishing it. Ira said that was a good idea because “nothing breeds confidence like success“.
Also, I will be doing it as a trial for 2 weeks. Defining the goal and giving it some kind of timeline really helps in giving you a higher probability of accomplishing it, me thinks. My objective is to making it a habit while also building more confidence in the self-discipline sector. Reassuring and letting myself know that I CAN DO IT!
Also, it really helps to define in detail WHY accomplishing that goal is important to you. I found that during the time I was most ambitious and got the most things accomplished and done, I had a very clear and defined reason of why I was doing it. I wasn’t doing it, just because, I was doing it because it had a lot of meaning to me and so I had more drive and motivation to do it!
So, why should I edit a video everyday? Well for one, it will definitely help me drastically improve on my filming and editing skills. The better my skills are in filming and editing, the more opportunity of work I will receive and the higher pay I may charge for it! I will also get to meet and become friends with other videographers and people in the scene too! So that’s a big plus! I can also upload those clips on youtube and help other people who are interested in filming and editing too! Another very big plus!
I’ve noticed that the most successful people have a very big passion for the things they do. And to have passion for the things you want to do, you must have meaning behind it! Why are you doing it? How will it make you feel once you accomplish it? What will you gain once you accomplish it?
I wish everyone the best and good luck to everyone who decides to develop better self-discipline!