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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Day 7 - A Life Of Joyful Self-Discipline

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How do we live a joy filled life of self-discipline?

I think the joy part comes in the accomplishment of living a self-disciplined/self-controlled lifestyle that is pleasing to God. Below are some tips to help you on your journey toward a life of self-discipline.


Six Tips in Leading a Self-Disciplined Life (This works for me!)

1. Commitment

You have to be willing to commit to a lifestyle of self-discipline. I must say again that this does not mean perfection, but an earnest "giving it your best."

2. Set and complete goals

This is important! Start small, don't say you're going to clean the whole house when you know you will get tired after 45 minutes! My goal, for example, is to clean my kitchen every morning by 9am, and I intend to complete that one little goal. The reason I'm choosing that particular goal to work on is because I don't like cleaning my kitchen, so I want it out of the way before the day really begins. Don't get too wrapped up in the setting of goals unless you feel you can complete them - remember, one step at a time!

3. Do what you say you will do

This has everything to do with integrity and trustworthiness. I want to be someone who follows through with what I say, but I've got to commit to doing it...will you?

4. Learn to say "no"

If you can learn to say "no" you will free up time and much unneeded stress. Seriously, this has helped me big time! If it's not a priority, or you're only doing it out of guilt, don't do it! Saying "no" is all part of time management, so only say yes if you know you can commit without your other priorities falling on the way side.

5. Practice

Anyone who has learned a life of self-discipline will tell you that it took time and practice. As we continue to work toward the goal, focusing on what lies ahead, we will naturally become more self-disciplined - but it takes hard work. Practice, practice, practice! Practice getting up early until it becomes a habit. Practice getting your kitchen cleaned before noon until it becomes second nature. Don't give up...

6. Don't give up

This says it all - don't give up.



Now for some of YOUR tips:

Over at everychapter, this gal has found that setting a timer or playing some music helps her to get going and be efficient. She always rewards herself at the end of a task.

Anna has used the site Remember the Milk as a useful resource to keep her on task. It doesn't always work for her, but it might work for you!

Ms. Good & Crazy says that she works after the kids are in bed (now she just has to figure out what to do now that it's summer and they stay up!)

Rachel often focus's her thoughts on the fact that procrastinating about cleaning takes longer than the actual cleaning! This helps her to get up off the couch (or computer) and tackle the job she's been putting off.



For some more great tips, check out this very helpful article on developing self-discipline by Grace to You Ministries.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Today's Challenge:

Let's work on making our bedrooms sanctuary's! First things first though, today let's work on a general bedroom clean-up, vacuum or mop, plus a little decluttering.

Tomorrow the fun will really begin in working toward a bedroom sanctuary!

Have a great day!

24 comments:

Wani said...

What great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Come on by Wani’s World sometime!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Great ideas- loved the kitchen before 9 o'clock!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Debbie J. said...

I needed this!!! I think I think too big. Need to set small goals and be successful at those first.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Excellent as always! My hubby loved my clean workstation - made him a little happier about the whole blogging thing. :)

Little by little, things are looking better around here...

Thanks!

Anna said...

Andrea, you're so sweet. :) Yes, rememberthemilk worked for me, in a way, because of the revolving tasks. It helped me get started on the path of the everyday chores. I'm ready to move onto something more now.
Okay, I'm good at 3 and 4, I'm working on 2 and 5 (nearly seven years homemaking now!) Maybe it's the 1 and 6 that are tripping me up. I'm very bad at giving up.
I can't do the bedroom today, we have a long trip to make today. But, I do have my six things done, so that's a start.

Living For Today! said...

I always make a habit of making sure my kitchen is cleaned up before I go to bed at hnight after the kids are asleep. That way I wake up to a clean kitchen.

Debbie said...

You are better than Flylady! I don't like clutter, and I like a tidy house. And, I typically keep it that way, BUT I need to practice cleaning as I go and teach my kids that so we aren't a slave to the house for a whole day getting everything back in order. I like these tips you gave us...I am trying work with my kids on a ten second tidy in the evenings where everything that is theirs has to be put away. Then I make sure the kitchen is clean because I like to come down in the morning and have it all sparkle. Some days it happens other days it doesn't. I am going to bookmark all your ideas! Good stuff! Oh and I need a toilet cleaning fairy!

Kat said...

Hey! Just checking in. I'm getting so behind. This was a great post. I'll have lots to work on when I get home :)

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