Updated: Mar 7
In my studio I have a sign that says "discipline is how you show yourself you love yourself." Very true, if a bit wordy.
I have a hard time focusing. Most people have this issue these days. With phones, a million tasks on our to-do lists and literally everyone we know and all knowledge in our pockets, how could we not be a little overwhelmed anxious and easily distracted? But we can honor our discipline by doing a few simple things when it is tome to get to work.
1. Airplane Mode. It's the best tool on your phone. Set a timer and put your phone on airplane mode for an hour or put a work "do not disturb" on your phone. This way you know that for this short amount of time, the phone is not an option. You'd be surprised how much you can get done without your phone as a distraction in even a half hour!
2. Chunk it out. I like to chunk out my work days day by day and then within the days I set out what I will accomplish in the morning and afternoon. The most important part of this is to be realistic. Another sweet hack is to put the things you don't want to do early on in the day. And if you find some things keep getting pushed back, maybe try and delegate or hire someone to do that work.
3. Music and podcasts make the time FLY. Have a big time consuming task?
Put on your favorite album or listen to something funny or inspiring.
The Aligned Female Entrepreneur (biz)
Jillian on Love (relationships)
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend (comedy)
We Can Do Hard Things (inspiration)
Not Skinny But Not Fat (celeb gossip)
4. Forgive yourself. Over and over. You are not a robot and you are creating something. That takes time. Setbacks will happen. Being rigid and all or nothing is not showing yourself the love you deserve. (this is kind of a theme around here if you hadn't noticed)
5. REST. We are human beings not human doings. Take full days off. Do absolutely nothing. It is not lazy. You deserve to live a life full of work that inspires you AND you deserve full days where there is nothing to do. This is called an intentional life.
6. Show up half assed. On days when you have 40% and you give 40%...guess what?
You gave 100%
This post is near and dear to my heart, and this subject is so important. The fluctuation beetween rest and productivity is such a balancing act. It's one I struggle with and anyone who says they don't is lying. I've learned a few things along the way, and the biggest is to listen to your gut when it comes to what you need. Especially as women. We need rest and we need tolisten to our bodies. We are beings in flux. Constantly changing and evolving. To honor that and show up for ourselves will look different on different days.
OKAY TIME FOR A NAP