I struggled to write a post this week. I’m in the middle of NaNoWriMo prep (something unheard of for me) and I just plain didn’t want to write a post. A million and one other things are currently happening in my life as well, all pulling my attention away. But here I am, writing it any way. Why? A little thing called self discipline.
Self discipline is the thing that will keep you going when motivation has long deserted you. You see, motivation is only good in the moment. It waxes and wanes like the moon, everything clear when it is most present, freaking dark and unhelpful when it’s not. But discipline is like the stars, always present, ready to shine its own light and help you see.
So how do you get self discipline and what exactly is it? According to the Cambridge dictionary, self discipline is ‘the ability to make yourself do things you know you should do even when you do not want to.’ Pretty straight forward. As for getting it, for me it comes down to routine and commitment. I’ve committed to publishing a blog post every Monday. I write the post on a Friday or Saturday and send it to a friend to double check spelling and grammar for me. Then I do a final check on Sunday night so it’s good to go first thing Monday morning when I wake up. This is also why NaNoWriMo works for me, it’s a public commitment to getting writing done.
With trial and error I’ve discovered that this public commitment is pretty much what works best for me. I can promise myself, my family and my best friend I’ll get it done until the end of time but I’ll still make excuses and procrastinate forever. Making it public, for some reason, keeps me more accountable and being accountable helps me be self disciplined.
But the trouble with self discipline is that it can be different for everyone. Please let me know what you do to stay self disciplined. Sometimes sharing what works for you can help someone else who is struggling.
Have a happy and creative week everyone 🙂