April 3, 2018

5 Ways to Create Disciplined Work Habits

Work HabitsYour achievements could be down to a lot of different things but one thing that always helps achieve sustainable, long-term success is self-discipline. Self-discipline is the primary trait required to accomplish goals, lead a healthy lifestyle, and achieve happiness. One place where this trait is crucial is your workplace. Here is how you can create disciplined work habits!

There are some people at work who always seem to get things done regardless of time constraints or the complexity of the task. Procrastination is a foreign word to these people and they do need any ‘productivity hacks’. Do you know what these people have that other don’t? a strong work ethic. What makes a strong work ethic?

It is a work ethic based on the ideals on discipline and hard work. Training oneself to follow these ideals is what is required to build a strong work ethic. With a strong work ethic, work—regardless of its complexity, is never a struggle. It is paramount not only to achieve your own targets but also help the company to achieve its goals.

From the entry-level workers to the CEO, every employee of the company must have a strong work ethic if the company desires to function at its peak and achieve the desired level of success. A strong work ethic is the coming together of certain factors. What are these factors? Following are 5 ways to create disciplined work habits.

Create an ‘Exciting’ Routine

If you aren’t excited about waking up each day to go to work then you can forget developing any habits that allow you to be productive and successful at work. So, how can you create an ‘exciting’ routine? Firstly, make a habit of waking up early.

To achieve this habit, you need to give yourself a reason to get excited about. There must be something that’d make you excited to get out of bed in the morning each day? It could be incredible breakfast or coffee, an early workout routine or someone at work that you always look forward to meeting? Whatever it is, it will have you 1-0 up.

Ensure Unwavering Commitment and Accountability

To do whatever is required to achieve a goal, you will need unwavering commitment. However, commitment rarely comes easy. Instead, it requires discipline, which is something most people are unable to achieve by themselves. One way to discipline yourself to ensure unwavering commitment is making yourself accountable for your actions. By ensuring accountability for your actionsor for your failures, you will have a new purpose, a new drive, and a little more excitement in your life.

Develop a Sense of Responsibility

How you work and the amount of work you accomplish each day depends on how strong your sense of responsibility is. You reach work on time, put in your best effort and complete tasks/projects to the best of your abilities only when you feel personally responsible for your work performance. Remember, no one will do your work for you and neither will anyone force you into action. You must do this yourself.

If you want to create a strong work ethic then avoid laziness or stagnation. Develop a sense of responsibility that encourages you to move, take action, change and grow. However, this will only happen when you make some choices and get going. Also, make sure not to confuse laziness with ease. Laziness will only yield difficulties and painful regret in the long run and you will be the one to blame for it because these problems would have been avoided had you developed a sense of responsibility and stepped up your game.  Make sure this does not happen to you.

Ensure Persistency

Persistence is one of the first things required to build a strong or disciplined work ethic. You lack this quality if you can’t stay focused on a task for long or quickly burn out after a short period of work. Just like it is important to build endurance for a race, building persistence is required to motivate yourself to work for longer periods of time. While ensuring persistency is important, you must balance persistence with periods of rest. This is for your own good. Even if you have a strong work ethic, working for eleven or twelve hours straight is never a good strategy. However, training yourself to work for such long work periods will ensure that these periods seem shorter to you than they actually are, which will make work easier and less stressful for you.

Act with Good Purpose

Working without an end result is a big NO. Avoid going in circles doing work that won’t lead you to the desired outcomes. Establish a purpose and then ensure your actions are aligned with it. Plan each work day in advance, ideally at the end of the previous workday. At the same time, check back with your purpose. Find out ways to develop a purpose or establish clear goals if you don’t have any clear purpose or goals.

Once you’ve established the purpose and goals, ensure that your workdays are aligned with these priorities. When you start to consider possible actions, contemplate which ones will matter a year or so. Dedicate most of your time or workday to actions that you expect will help you the most in achieving the set purpose and goals.

A strong work ethic is required to achieve productivity and be successful at work and this work ethic is a by-product of disciplined work habits practiced day in, day out. The ways to create these habits and build a strong work ethic are mentioned above.  By loving what you do makes these habits easy to obtain.

by Bobby J Davidson

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