Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Discipline equals Freedom

There is no better mantra for the procrastinator than discipline equals freedom. As a human you can only do so many things in a day. As a entrepreneur you let some of the things you have to do as a human override the time you need to generate business. What is one to do? Schedule. Discipline. Follow through. I have a knee jerk reaction to a tight schedule because I think it takes away from my freedom. That evil schedule has me doing all kinds of things I don't want to do and I have to do them because they are on the schedule. Not necessary. Make your schedule YOUR schedule. The secret to enjoying your day is to include enjoyment in time slots.

For example get your morning underway with waking up- giving your self time to do so and how you do it. Then start small- try scheduling 30 minutes of staring at the wall. Just try it. About 5 minutes into it you will be going crazy- I have this to do and then this and then.....breath. Keep staring. You will realize that you can't do it yet throughout the day you will do it to avoid something else. Don't avoid it.

The next day try a 5-10 minute break every hour. You will think you get no work done- take the break. Walk in a circle just take the break. By scheduling in fun and 30 minutes here and there in your day to watch a cartoon- cruise YouTube, check the failblog and other activities that seem to be unproductive you will find that they release the tension set out at the beginning of the day and you have ample time to stay on track- write that article or call that person. When you set up from 1 p.m. in the afternoon until 3 p.m. as the time to call people back you train your self and them that is your talk time- everyone including yourself will have freedom before and after that slot. Your brain space will be open to new ideas and have stare at the wall time to think about whatever.

With this type of disciplined scheduling comes freedom and with that you have a day full of fun, breathing in between lifting and look at the end of the day what you have accomplished both for your sanity and the to do list.

To Freedom!

David Stanford is an artist and entrepreneur who lives in Los Angeles-

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