Have you ever wondered how to master the art of self-discipline? From clocking into the gym at 6am, to running after the kids, fighting traffic to get to and from work as well as managing a million household chores, all in a day. Regardless of who you are, there’s always something that demands your attention.

As time goes by, we make plans that help us to get through the day but what happens when these plans fall apart? Self-discipline is supposed to be about sticking to the plan and not giving up, even during the worst storm. But how do you get there? Mastering the art of self-discipline might seem like a bit of a drag, and often it’s hard to know where to begin, so keep the following in mind:

Don’t be too hard on yourself

When working on self-discipline it’s important to remember that we’re human and mistakes are a part of the process. Self-discipline is less about putting restraints on ourselves and more about exploring our strengths.

Think about your ideal life

Thinking about your dreams, your hopes and aspirations – in other words, imagine your ideal life. It’s really as simple as becoming consciously aware of what you love and desire, and putting these aspirations into action. Romanticising your life can be essential to becoming the best version of yourself.

Recognise the distractions

The most productive people get one thing done at a time. Sure, we might get pulled in another direction and our phones might ping every now and then because distractions are almost impossible to avoid. The trick is to create a distraction-free environment – turn your phone onto silent, close the door, and don’t look at your e-mails until you have completed the task at hand. The trusted to-do list can help get things done, but not if it is three pages long.  Setting yourself three main goals per day can prevent your being overwhelmed by a lot of tasks. This will help you focus on what is important for the day.