How to be Disciplined With Work

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At the heart of any successful person is self-discipline, from athletes, to business owners. In order for a company to succeed, discipline and employee motivation should sit at its core.

No matter what your position at work, be it business owner, high-level manager, shop-floor worker, administrator or freelancer, being disciplined at work will ultimately define your individual success, as well as the success of the business you work for. If you don’t have a disciplined approach to your working day, your productivity, effectiveness and standard of work will suffer, and so will your morale.

If you are serious about keeping your business on track or climbing the career ladder, you’ll need to be disciplined with work. Here’s how in 7 easy steps.

  1. Write daily goals

Writing down daily goals keeps you focused on realistic, achievable and measurable tasks. Setting aside 15 minutes at the start of each day to review your workload will help you keep your goals at a manageable level. Monitoring work on a daily basis will also help you to identify bottle necks and take action before things spiral out of control. Stick to your daily schedule and with a little effort, self-discipline will become second nature.

Here are some extra tips to help you make it through your to-do list every day.

  1. Schedule appropriate time

Get to know how long tasks tend to take and ensure the appropriate length of time is scheduled. If you persist in trying to complete 1-hour tasks in 30 minutes, you’ll end up frustrated, behind and making mistakes. Be realistic about how long tasks actually take. Learn to estimate time accurately.

If it’s difficult to guess how long a task will take, break it down into smaller chunks and ensure time is scheduled accordingly. Also, see tip 4. Push back to managers if they are scheduling tasks and expecting completion in an unrealistic time frame.

  1. Schedule hard tasks first

Don’t be tempted to put off the hard tasks until later. Leaving hard tasks until the end of the working day may make the thing you are dreading even harder. Where possible, take a team approach to difficult tasks and share the load. The only difficulty with attacking the hard task first is in the amount you may procrastinate and waste time. If you really can’t get started, complete a small easy task first to ease yourself into the working day.

  1. Keep a rolling to-do list, acknowledge accomplishments and review task times

Monitor your progress. Ticking tasks off of a list, be it on task management software or a handwritten list, will enable you to keep track of your progress. It will also remind you of your achievements throughout the day. Don’t forget to congratulate yourself with every task completed. With a rolling to-do list, you can also review task times as you go.

  1. Forget multi-tasking, try Pomodoro instead

You may think multi-tasking is one of your greatest assets and feel proud that you have the ability to do several things at once. Well think again. Trying to juggle several tasks at once stretches your focus. Doing one thing at a time is a much better way of getting things done efficiently.

The Pomodoro method is a proven and popular time management technique. The main premise of the method is to work in 25-minute blocks of time, followed by a 5-minute break. Each session should demand your full attention on a single task, and every break requires you to step away from your desk to rest. The idea is to keep focus on tasks at hand and manage distractions during your 5-minute breaks.

  1. Don’t be a perfectionist

Insist on one hundred per cent perfection in your work and you’ll never get anywhere. Sometimes good has to be good enough. Perfectionism is the killer of productivity.

  1. Reward yourself

No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to reward yourself with a 5-10 minute break before you move onto your next task. Be aware of your work-life balance. Working late to keep on top of an unsustainable workload will impact on your efficiency, productivity and well-being. Treat yourself to a massage after work, or go for a swim instead of staying on to work late.

 

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