My Discipline Problem
I realized while I worked through the time management series that discipline was a huge issue for me which was part of the reason I have struggled so much with managing my time well. So When I found out about this challenge, I knew it was something that I needed to do. The funny thing is that I got the book over a year ago. I started to read it and for one reason or another did not keep up with it. Even now, as I am working through reading it again, I am struggling with discipline. What I realized is that discipline isn’t the problem, I am.
Crystal mentions in the book that none of us really have a discipline problem, it’s actually a me problem. I liked this quote:
Ultimately, whether or not I live a disciplined life depends solely upon me and the choices I make on a daily basis. -Crystal Paine, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
I’ve read the first seven days so far, but still need to do some catching up on the practical applications in the book. I do still plan to work through applying these because what good does it do if I don’t actually apply what I read?! It is kind of like reading the bible. You can diligently do it everyday and even pray often but what good is it if you don’t let it actually transform your life? I am still working on making discipline not just something I want to do or something that I talk about but something that actually changes how I do things.
As part of the book, you are asked to come up with some sort of mega-project. This is something that you have put off or simply some sort of project that you can break down in different parts in order to complete it at the end of the 21 days. My first thought was to make my project finishing all my monthly goals but that seemed either too vague or maybe too much to take on for this particular challenge.
My second thought was to focus on my God goals for the month. After-all, I want those to be my highest priority. My issue with having those goals as my mega project is that I have no clue how to break that down into small steps each day. These goals are mostly about spending time daily with the Lord and for the most part, don’t have any sort of time frame associated with them. I still plan to make these goals a priority, but decided for this particular project I needed to choose something else. So I came up with another idea.
My Mega Project
This may sound a bit silly, but I have a hard time keeping an organized system for my computer files and other digital documents. For a while now, and especially since I got a new computer, my files have been a huge mess. They are scattered in different folders making it increasingly difficult to find anything. It also keeps getting worse as I tend to save things in ransom places since I have no system set in place. So I decided that I would make this my mega project. This is something that I can easily break down into smaller steps and finally feel like I finished a huge project at the end.
My first step is planning to choose what I want my main folders to be titled and then break that down into smaller folders. Once I have these set up, I will go through everything from my pictures and other documents and organize them into these folders. Instead of trying to get it all done at once, I want to stick with smaller steps like Crystal recommends in the book. So I will pick one folder per day and spend 10-15 minutes organizing the files into that folder. If it takes longer than that I will pick it up the next day.
I know I am already behind since I still need to actually start this, but even if it takes longer than the actual challenge I am okay with that. My main goal here is to start and finish something that I have put off.
Yes, I’m technically a week into the challenge and already behind. Normally, I would just forget it and call it a failure, but I am learning that I do not have to let one, two or even three or more failures make me a failure. I can always pick up and keep moving. If I want to change my bad habits, I have to actually take action and change them. I also have realized that it may mean it takes me a little longer than originally planned but that is just fine with me because as long as I am moving at small steps towards my goals, I am still moving and that’s really the main goal, to keep going.
So if you’re having trouble with discipline or reaching your goals, can I challenge you to pick up and keep going!? You won’t get to your goal if you continue to let setbacks keep you from going anywhere.
If you’re taking the challenge, how are you doing so far?
What helps you keep moving toward your goals after you’ve experienced set-backs?