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well I usually do prepare a very good plan, but due to lot of temptations and their consuming nature and few of their execution I find discipline bit very hard in day to day life...

plans are regular like studying, programming, going to gym, and writing a blog... I find I doing nothing of it, and worst I don't even play pc-games... Just to write in short, I do kill my time doing nothing in consistency for long time...

So my question is avoid temptations... and be cultivate discipline??

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Welcome to the internet. – enderland Dec 29 '12 at 19:06
You mean to say, How to avoid "Procastration"? – user221287 Jan 1 '13 at 16:36

1) If i try to put myself in your shoes and try to figure out why it is so. I would first and foremost say i need some routine changes. i would induct some new activities in my routine. maybe i would start baking which i have done. it gives me lot of pleasure. maybe i would run away from everything for a month and see how it goes. maybe i would learn cycling. maybe i would make a pact to go away from TV and computer unless on my job. maybe i would leave up all my current activities and start a list of new one and try it for a month time.

2) Doing nothing with your time and your good plan tells that you are not passionate about it . maybe something is bothering you. maybe these activities are not worthwhile.maybe they are not interesting enough.

3) Try to induct some routine changes and some passion in your life and see how it goes.

4) Another solution which i can think of which will surely works for me is that try to keep a count of how many times you are defeated by your temptation and also keep a count of how many times you over come your temptation. keeping a live score will surely make me do something about it.

5) Try to pick up two to three most important activities you can think of for the day and try to perform them. Not let the day pass without finishing those. doing it for sometime will bring some sort of a discipline in your life.

6) Is you plan really drilled down to weeks or days? if not make them so. you must be aware what you must be doing this week.

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Plans are nothing without execution except giant todo lists. Try to follow a method such as GTD focusing on next action steps "what's the very next action I need to take to advance this project?"

I would also suggest maybe your plan is too broad and your mind procrastinates because it knows the task is too big or nebulous to be done in the unit of time needed.

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+1 for Plans are nothing without execution except giant todo lists – maz3tt Dec 29 '12 at 9:19

Worth considering the use of language for a moment - "avoiding" temptation is an interesting way of phasing it - it suggests that once temptation comes upon us we are powerless to resist.

It might sound silly, but reframing with lanugage is suprisingly effective. For example, if you 'flirt with' temptation instead the implication is that you are enguaged with the situation, but that it's not in control of you. Or if you 'process' temptation, then the implication is that you feel temptatoon, deal with it, and then don't feel it anymore...

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What works for me is coffee.

It may sound obscure, but coffee really changes the biochemistry of my body and my thoughts. It kind of "guides" me into the right direction (regarding my mental state).

I tested my motivation on days with and without coffee.

On days with coffee, I'd get a lot more done and most of my plans would be fulfilled. On days without coffee, I'd find myself doing nothing and just "procrastinating".

I don't think you can change much without some sort of external stimulants (coffee or exercise, etc.).

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The key is in utilizing momentum. If you're hard at work, you'll find it difficult to stop. If you're busy browsing YouTube or watching TV, you'll find it difficult to do anything else. And it's tough to switch between the two.

Taking from Jack Canfield's principles, aim to split your days into 3 different types:

  1. Days where you spend 80% of your time working.
  2. Days which you prepare to work (by learning, cleaning up stuff, buying furniture, etc).
  3. Days which you do nothing useful at all and rest. (ideally every weekend and vacation period you have)

The rest days are vital to working. You'll get inspiration by avoiding work completely and then coming back to it later. Plus, you'll be less likely to get distracted when you know you'll be able to waste all the time you want at the end of the week.

Like all habits, it takes time to build and get into the rhythm of using, but it helps greatly.

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