I want to start by addressing the #instagramblackout; March 13th 2019, that day that will forever be etched in social media history LOL.
It reminded me of the northeast blackout in 2003. Not sure how familiar some of you are with that incident, but I lived in Ontario at the time, when a widespread power outage crippled much the Northeast and parts of Canada. What we thought would last a few hours, lasted two days! Two days in the middle of August heat! People were trying to make sense of the situation. I, being extremely dramatic at the time, thought that it was the end of the world. LOL
So why did the #instagramblackout feel similar? Well… For one, no one knew what was going on! I was out here refreshing, updating and hard resetting my phone trying to understand why IG wouldn’t let my business page be great! Only to later find out that both ( the northeast blackout and social media outage) were due to a software bug.
Though I was unable to access my accounts , my productivity levels were at an all time high, which led me to write this post.
I consider myself to be disciplined to a certain extent but some days are harder than others and that’s okay, as long as you don’t stay there.
If you’ve ever had days where lack of discipline more than you’d like, I’ve got some tips that have helped me.
- Go to bed early and wake up early –
Rest is an act of self care and let me tell you that it’s worked wonders for me. I try to go to bed as early as 930PM no later than 10PM- I need to sleep in order to function properly . I’m usually up by 430AM. By 8am my kids and myself are ready and we’re out the door by 8:15AM- I truly believe that rest helps me to be productive.
Minimize the time spent on social media-
Y’all! Social Media can be a distraction for me. Like for real! So I set a time limit for my daily intake! I will post and revisit my post ( usually at the end of my day) to get back to comments and so forth. If you’re concerned about posting constantly, there are APPS out there that will post for you. Found one that works.
Keep your phone in another room.
I’ve started to do this and it’s proven to be quite beneficial. When I have deadlines to meet, I will keep my phone in another room in order to be productive. And by another room, I mean in my bedroom upstairs while I work downstairs. I always cut off notifications from my MAC so that messages/ FaceTime/ Calls don’t come through my computer.
Write things down.
What works for me is writing down what I have to do the next day the night before or the morning of. I’ve stopped buying planners, because I don’t use them at the exception of the Productivity planner. I typically write everything that comes to my mind for the day ( in no specific order) and cross them off as they get completed.
All in all, I believe that discipline in whatever area of our lives comes down to how bad we want to achieve something. Whether it be healthy eating, or stronger work ethics, or spending time with God. The choice is ours, we will only reap what we sow!
Discipline takes sacrifice!
Drop some of your (self) discipline tips below!
Until next time!