What are some specific set of behaviors that lead to self-discipline. Preferably backed by studies/research or confident experience.
What I am trying to achieve is be able to work a specific number of hours during the day. I work from home as a free lancer, I have good days, bad days, good weeks and bad weeks but I'm not able to get myself to work in a consistent manner. Lets say 8 hours each day.
I end up spending wasting a lot of my time during the day, and work for close to 5-6 hours.
What I am really trying to find-out is if there is any research on behaviors that promote and enable you to keep a focused mindset, as opposed to a fickle mind that keeps wandering -- Reducing internal interruptions.
If you are aware of studies or concepts that relate to self-discipline and show what factors help improving it :
I am open to concepts proposed by self-help gurus but only if You feel it really makes sense, because, the problem with most of their advice is, you can't tell the wheat from the chaff.
I am working with time management techniques also, but, I am looking for specific ways that help improve self-discipline.