Work from home is often associated with increased job flexibility and efficiency, but employees should also consider their self-discipline to succeed in these arrangements. Self-discipline describes your ability to focus on a task or goal to accomplish something. This skill can take many forms in the workplace. Generally, self-disciplined employees are consistent, responsible, persistent and ambitious. They’re able to complete both exciting and uninteresting tasks on time and have a productive mindset.
Self-discipline is crucial for all workers to succeed and accomplish their goals. However, it’s even more important for remote employees, who often have less managerial oversight and more potential distractions than in-office workers.
Developing self-discipline is like strengthening a muscle; it can be improved with practice. Persevering even when you fail is crucial to reaching your long-term goals.
Here are some tips for improving self-discipline:
- Begin small. Pick an area of your life that could benefit from greater self-discipline and begin with a simple task, like starting work on time daily. Practice discipline in this area until it becomes a habit.
- Resist distractions. You may be tempted to look at your phone or turn on the TV when completing a tedious task, but avoiding these temptations can improve your self-control, strengthening your self-discipline in the long run.
- Find new ways to focus. Divide a large task into several smaller assignments if you’re having trouble completing it. Take breaks when needed to increase motivation and boost energy.
- Make time for high-priority tasks. Although multitasking may be necessary throughout the day, creating time to focus on certain essential duties can help you avoid distractions and increase your attention span.
- Confront your mindset. Your thought patterns may be preventing you from reaching your potential. Try confronting your notions of what you can and cannot achieve to accomplish more.
- Set achievable goals. Motivate yourself by setting goals that can be accomplished and working toward them. Use your successes to encourage yourself to keep practicing self-discipline.
Self-discipline is vital to reach work-related goals and succeed professionally in the long run. Like any skill, self-discipline can be improved with practice. Although you may not always be successful, perseverance is essential for meeting your long-term goals.
Talk to your manager to learn more about self-discipline at work.
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