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Tips to Staying Focused & Developing Discipline

Being a work at home digi-mama takes discipline, I have never said this was an easy process. Rewards, fun and profitable yes – but easy – nope!

Unlike heading into an office where you’re conditioned to work and there is little else there to distract you. Working at home can be full of distractions and things to do.

I for one, am the QUEEN of procrastination.

Ryan can always tell when I’ve got a big piece of work to do, say I have an e-Book to write of an email campaign for my subscribers, I can often be found ironing or cleaning the inside of the kitchen cupboards.

But in order to get results, we must all develop some discipline in our efforts.

Here are some tips:

Make a Strong Commitment To Your Goals

Make a strong commitment to your goals. Sometimes you may want to do something, but you are not really ready yet. For example, many people try quitting smoking several times before they really quit. The times they tried and did not succeed, they may have just not been ready yet. If this happens to you, do not give up, Instead look to see why you are not yet ready and then when you are committed, try again.

Get Rid of Enablers and Temptations.

Get rid of enablers and temptations. Yes, that means closing Facebook when you’re trying to write a blog post … Ahem!

If you are were trying to lose weight, buying a bunch of sweet and starchy foods is not going to help you with your goal. Willpower is far easier to have when you are not surrounded by temptations.

Getting rid of enablers may be more tricky. Sometimes those enablers are your hubby, kids and friends – not so easy to get rid of. So it’s time to train them, even my dog knows that when I get my laptop out of head off to the office to leave me be..

Start Small & Work Up

Start with a small project and work up to the rest. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Especially when you’re first starting out all the learning can seem overwhelming. Set yourself small tasks, listen to a webinar, watch a training video and take some notes or simply write a short email to your subscribers sharing something you read and enjoyed.

This can give will give you the initial push and momentum to continue.

I start each morning by reviewing my campaigns and stats. Before I know it I’m deeply enthralled.

Time-boxing 

Another variation of this is the time version. This is where you say I will spend a certain amount of time on task. Sometimes if you say to yourself I will just do this for 5 minutes (or even 15 minutes), you get into the flow of what you are doing and end up spending a longer period of time on it and actually getting more done.

Give Yourself a Break

Plan non-working times. You cannot work all the time, or you will burn out very quickly. So be sure to schedule times where you have fun activities, or even just a half hour of relaxing. This gives you something to look forward to, and gives you a chance to recharge your batteries. This is especially important if when you’re learning. Once we’ve seen the information the process of ‘learning’ is pretty unconscious and happens while we’re not at our computers so, grab the dog and the kids and go to the park for an hour safe in the knowledge your unconscious is still learning.

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