How to Discipline Yourself Efficiently

Feeling slacken, lazy, or that you could achieve more? Want to lose weight quickly or ace your exams? This guide should help you.


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    Eat healthy: this is a golden rule. Eat at least 5 fruits or vegetables a day and avoid fast food at all costs. Gather up all the food in your house that you like yet that you know is bad and burn it/throw it away. Even foods such as coffee and energy drinks which claim to help you will only worsen your mood and overall health. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes/illegal drugs are a no-go. Eat only fruit and healthy cereals for breakfast for a week and see if you can stick to it.
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    Get rid of your vices. Pull the plug from your TV/computer/games console and ask a family member/friend to hide the cable. Throw away any cigarettes or illegal drugs you have: don't even try to sell them. try to give up something you do often for pleasure that is otherwise useless, such as masturbation or going on Facebook, for at least a week. The longer you go on for without resorting to vices, the more satisfied you will feel, until eventually you will find you have no further need for it.
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    Exercise is vital. As well as enhancing your fitness, it sharpens your nerves and increases your learning/information retaining capability, as well as making you more docile and less likely to cause trouble. Don't overexercise though, as you will feel tired and this encourages you to flop in front of the TV or eat some chocolate, none of which are particularly good ideas.
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    Sleep well. Get as much as you can every day. Avoid using electronics immediately beforehand: try reading instead. Avoid having lie-ins, even at weekends: it encourages you to act lazy later on in the day. If you find yourself tired whenever you get up early instead of lying-in, well that means you aren't going to bed early enough.
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    Culture yourself. Stop watching mindless reality shows on the TV and read more often. Read anything informative: novels, magazines, dictionaries, travel guides... anything that will improve your general knowledge. Avoid things like media review magazines though. If you're lacking books around the house, surf the web: find random but helpful articles on things, but bear in mind that not everything it says will be true. By being a cultured person, you will have more knowledge at your disposal to tackle problematic situations, and will appear more interesting to people you meet. Treat reading as a leisure pastime as a substitute for television/video games or any other vice you want to ditch.
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    Punish and test yourself. This doesn't include physical brutality or self-harming. A good thing to do is write out a list of rules to stick to, such as "no TV, no chocolate, no lie-ins, etc." and take a very cold shower whenever you break one. This seems harsh, but it's a very efficient disciplinary method since it deters you from breaking your personal rules.
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    Train your mind. As well as reading, do maths problems from a schoolbook or internet site. Do about 20 minutes a day: the questions don't have to be hard, but they should require thinking and use of logic. Don't overdo this, since you will tire your brain out.
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    Be polite and reasonable. Although it seems normal nowadays for teenagers and young adults to have outbursts of rage and foul language, this is in fact very immature. Don't worry about accidental swearing, such as when you burn your finger or stub your toe, since this is a product of conditioning and is almost automatic. When conversing with friends, family, colleagues, etc. maintain a friendly, confident tone.
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    Get rid of emotional extremes. These include hatred, spite, anger, sorrow, jealousy, etc. They are mostly useless and will cloud your judgment. Stop reading newspapers/watching news channels at all times. Suppress your strong feelings: although it seems natural to voice your hateful opinion of something, it is in fact foolish. Hold no grudge against anyone, but respect your dignity and don't give in to those who wrong you. Don't be biased, and be open-minded. Respect other people etc. Avoid excessive emotional attachment (falling in love too often/throwing the words "love" and "hate" around).
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    Make sure you are in a good mood as often as possible without having to resort to vices.


  • Be enthusiastic about disciplining yourself. Don't pardon yourself over small rules you break. You have to take it seriously otherwise you'll never change.
  • Be optimistic but realistic at the same time.
  • Your conscience and willpower are vital. If faced with a difficult task, don't give up. Encourage yourself.
  • Don't take pity on yourself.
  • Be as unbiased as you can. Stay away from activities such as rioting or demonstrations, which encourage anger and ill-feeling. Make friends with different kinds of people and listen to what they have to say about their feelings. Make friends from different racial and social backgrounds to you. Maintaining an open mind is a key element for disciplining oneself.
  • Avoid loud, passionate, angry/love-stricken music. This affects your mood and ultimately your attitude and the way you act. Find a classical CD (preferably Mozart, which is quite soothing) and listen to it once in a while, if you feel angry or upset or if you need to think and relax.


  • Take the above processes seriously, otherwise you will never change.

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