Nowadays our days are filled with too many things to do in 24 hours: we have to go to work, take the kids to school, clean up our home, make sure everyone is fed and dressed, healthy and have everything they need, we have to keep up with the family and friends, and still find some time (and energy) to maintain our romantic relationship.

That’s not all – we still need to look after ourselves and take care of our own needs, health and especially our personal growth.

With all this going on, how can anyone expect of us to still excel in life and achieve our anticipated life goals?

Having self-discipline is the key to our ability to get things done.

This simply means if we keep working on the things we need and want to finish, all of us will accomplish great things.

Here are some easy strategies to implement and start increasing your self-discipline today:

  1. Lists: Get used to making lists. Our days are so crammed that it is impossible to remember everything and exclusively rely on your memory to recall everything you need, have or want to do. Just like using a calculator to make sure you have the correct answer or using a birthday calendar to remember those important dates, accept the fact that to be successful at getting done what needs to be done, it is necessary to fall back on lists.
  • You don’t need to fork out a fortune for a fancy tablet – take a notebook with you. Give it a name – your “Task List” or “Things to Do”. The moment something pops into your mind, write it down. This notebook can be as straight forward or as complex as you like.
  • Start by entering today’s date on the first page in the extreme left side column and then list things as you think of or remember them. As opposed to a one-page-a-day diary, flip to the next page if you run out of space. Once you’re done and have crossed off everything on that page, remove it and carry on.
  • If you end up with one nagging task (like making that dreaded appointment at the dentist) on the page you are saving, carry the task over to your current page. To remind you of how “old” that task is, put the original date in brackets after the task. That will remind you that you carried that task forward. Then, complete it or cross it off as unimportant.
  1. To-do: Make a short list of everything you need to do tomorrow. Just before packing it in for the night, write down NO MORE THAN 3 tasks you feel must be done tomorrow. Remember, this is not a journal or a list of dreams and goals – it is a to-do list. If it works for you, you can use this method without applying the notebook suggestion above.
  • If you are more of an impulsive person, writing down the short version of your to-do list the night before, might end up the single best method for you to work at and build up your self-discipline.
  1. Award: Award yourself for getting things done. If for instance your short list is done and dusted by noon as opposed to the end of the day, or anything even carried forward to the next day, and you go back and complete two more tasks:
  • 1. Allow yourself a moment to feel good about it. Go stand in front of a mirror and say: “Wow, I’m really on fire today.”
  • 2. Award yourself with say that favorite beverage or even a snack (think chocolate) to reinforce your efforts?
  1. Organize: Get yourself properly organized. The challenge of existence for many of us is simply finding everything we need to do what needs to be done quickly and efficiently. Make sure you know where your important tools are.
  • Example: Keep a drawer in say the kitchen or the study where you keep additional stationery: not just pen and paper, but also extra notepads, sharpened pencils, pens that actually work, sharp scissors, a stapler with a full magazine, and even a box of paper-clips or whatever else you might need so that if and when you need them, they are close by.
  • The same goes for your papers and other tools: If you have a place for everything and return everything to its place, you will always find them.”
  1. Time: Use a timer to complete daunting tasks by working on them a few minutes at a time. Don’t be overwhelmed by larger projects that are so daunting that you have procrastinated on. Tackle them a little bit at a time:
  • Example: You bought some new plastic drawer kit to install under your bathroom sink for your personal bathroom products and grooming necessities, yet you just don’t have the time to eventually get down and sort things out into the new drawers.
  • Solution: Set a timer for say 20 or 30 minutes and tackle the job until the alarm goes off. Even if it is only 20 minutes a day, by doing this every day, before you know it the job will be done! Congratulations, you’re building your self-discipline bit by bit!

Believe it or not, but by using these simple rules you are about to become one of the most self-disciplined people you know, provided you stick to it.

Apply these methods every day and you will be on your way to super efficiency before you know it.

You will be organized and enjoy a fabulous self-disciplined life!

You will be astounded with the volume of work you will be able to achieve each day.

Dr. Hannes Dreyer
Dr. Hannes Dreyer

Hannes is one of the world’s leading authorities in Wealth Creation. As a speaker and author on the subject he is at the forefront of this personal development industry. He is the founder of the Wealth Creators University and the Wealth Creators Method. The University is a private education organisation based on the culmination of 30 years of experience, research and study into finances, economics, psychology and philosophy.

    14 replies to "[WI] Do More In A Single Day By Improving Your Self-Discipline"

    • Avatar Sharyn

      Just what I needed. Going to get my website going tomorrow!!!!

    • Avatar William

      Dear Dr Hannes Dreyer,

      The trait you covered today has worked very well for me in the academic arena as well as employment circuit.

      I have realised that even in business, it is a key character for one to have. In fact, someone defined it as the ability to give oneself a task and then go and execute it. The ideas you have shared makes it easy for one to do what one wants to do without execuses.

      I have found that if I write a task down, usually I do it. I think The Perfect Day Challenge has helped me a lot on this.

      Keep sharing the powerful stuff.

      Have a great day,

    • Avatar elsie badenhorst

      Baie Dankie vir die insiggewende lese.

    • Avatar Rhodah

      I love this one simplifying my day’s life.

    • Avatar pieter

      I did just that today and achieved more than yesterday. I am now set to even do more tomorrow.

    • Avatar Maryke

      something I need!! thank you

    • Avatar Iza Grek

      hi Hannes

      I like your blog. However it could be even better if you used the right word ie, reward not award. (Perhaps a language expert such as myself could read your blogs before your post them – for a small fee. Just kidding.

      Hannes my real question (in a round about way)… Since your course in March, I have not been able to get my head around your view of compound interest.

      Isn’t the capital amount in month two greater than the capital in month one, thus the money is earning growth upon growth.

      Please help me to understand.

      Kind regards
      Iza Grek

      Also, I would love for you to visit my blog at the above address and give feedback. Feel free to point out any mistakes

      • Hannes Dreyer Hannes Dreyer

        I do not teach languages… I teach people how to get explosive growth on their investments. So as long as you manage to get the right reward on your investment you will be awarded with financial freedom.
        Yes I teach explosive growth. That means that each month you must be richer than the month before, and the only way to do that is to get growth on your growth. (because you will not always have additional capital (or principle) to invest.
        Nothing wrong with you website but the question is do you make serious money from your website? If so then it is fine… if not then the questions is why not?

    • Avatar Brian

      Good day is the same tasks of 91 day challenge?

      • Hannes Dreyer Hannes Dreyer

        No in the 91 days you will have only three task to do – every day. This is addition to the three tasks of the 91 day challenge

    • Avatar Mamarokho

      I need to execise this good I lack time discipline

    • Avatar Coenie

      Baie Dankie Dr Hannes

      Self-dissipline is iets waarmee ek nog altyd geworstel het, maar jou riglyne sal baie help.


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