The Secret to Discipline is to start small. If you can’t write first thing in the morning for an hour, write for 5 minutes. Pick the time and place and project and Show Up, whether it’s first thing in the morning or 20 minutes of your noon hour. It helps to have a usual place since it’s one less thing to think about.
Repeat for 21 days, and you’ve made it a habit.
If you’d like some help creating that habit, try: Habit forge – http://habitforge.com/
Habitforge emails you every day and asks if you accomplished your goal for that day. You have to meet your goal for 21 consecutive days. Every time you skip a day, the counter is reset to day 1. Habitforge is free and you can have multiple goals.
Discipline is basically simple. The problem, I think, is that we all feel like we don’t have discipline. Or enough discipline. But we do.
And next time I’ll write about why discipline (as far as writing is concerned) isn’t really the problem anyway.
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