If you’re running your own business, you know that self-discipline is a key factor for success. You are the one making the rules and the one who is entirely responsible for every consequence. Without self-discipline, talented creatives will never see their businesses thrive. Today I am sharing how to develop self-discipline so that you can win at business! It’s time to do the work and grow!
DEVELOP GOOD HABITS
Identify and eliminate distractions - What are the things that routinely distract you? Is it an app on your phone? A messy workplace? Be honest with yourself and eliminate these distractions.
Stay organized - Organization is something that fires me up and makes me excited to get the job done. I love clean spaces and a place for everything. I understand that you may not share my love for organization, but it is an important part of winning in business.
You need systems for everything so that nothing falls through the cracks. So go organize your email inbox, your camera gear or your desk so that you can focus on moving forward!
Set clear and specific goals - A goal needs to be clearly defined or it can’t be achieved. Dave Ramsey says that your goal should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based (source).
Poor goal-setting: I want to photograph a lot of weddings. Smart goal-setting: I want to book (number) weddings in (year).
Create an action plan that involves incremental steps toward the goal - For example, if you have a goal to submit a wedding to a particular blog then you need to break down that goal into simple steps. You need to cull the gallery, size the images, write a letter to the editor, and gather all other parts for the submission.
Create a monthly, weekly and daily to do list - Once you have created incremental steps for your goal, add those steps to your to do list. I always start with my monthly to do list and assign items from that big list to my weekly to do lists. From there, I can set goals for tackling each item on a daily basis.
Create blocks of time and schedule accordingly - I create blocks of time for writing, editing, emailing, social media, meetings, and the list continues. If you don’t create these blocks of time (and guard them) then you will feel like your time is wasted. Schedule in advance when you will be able to schedule meetings and stick to it!
Schedule time each week for achieving goals - Don’t procrastinate on your goals! Once you know what you want to accomplish, schedule blocks of time so that you can achieve those goals.
Maintain consistent work hours - By maintaining consistent work hours, you will be able to estimate how much time you have to work on projects on a regular basis. This small adjustment will help you to set realistic goals and achieve them.
Focus on the tasks for today - It’s healthy to have a good understanding of your to do list for the week. At the same time it’s important to make sure that you don’t let a lengthy to do list cripple you. Focus on the task at hand and watch that to do list fade away.
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.“ – C. S. Lewis
Related: Keeping a Great Calendar
System of rewards - I am the worst at rewarding myself for achieving goals, but it’s something that I am implementing this month. I think it’s wise to pause between achievements because rushing from one goal to the next is not sustainable in the long run. Reward yourself by going on a walk, celebrating over coffee with a friend, or going on vacation!
Celebrate yearly - So you have done the hard work and now you are seeing the benefits of it all! Throw a party and celebrate the accomplishments both large and small! Maybe it’s just you and a few friends or maybe you throw a big bash! Whatever the case may be, make it a habit to celebrate on a regular basis!
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