7 Days of Pure Self-Discipline – You In?
After spending 16 months living on my own in Cape Town, South Africa, I came to a stage where I really felt like it was the right time to leave and return to England. I was having an amazing time in the country and had tons of friends, but I reall y wanted more time to focus on my own projects instead of renting my mind to a boss (as my friend Jonathan likes to call it). In my very last night in the country, I was hanging out with my “girlfriend” and one of my best friends who basically told me how jealous he was of my opportunity but how much he looked up to me even though I was 4 years younger. I remember saying to him before we said our goodbyes that “I really, really hope I make the most of my chance and don’t waste it or take things for granted.” I have been back in the UK for almost 4 months now and it is the first time in my life that I’ve really been able to get a solid run going of working for myself. In terms of whether or not I’ve made the most of those four months though…I’m really not sure. Maybe my uncertainty is the answer. I’ve been able to launch 4 successful websites, PluginID has close to 100 posts (which is well over 100,000 words) and I have managed to grow this site from 700 subscribers to over 3,000. My income goal for June is a hefty $15,000 and if I make it I have promised to give it all away – $5,000 each to my brother and sister, and $5,000 to charity. While things are looking good, I know things could be going much, much better. The last couple of weeks I have been getting up late, spending full days out with my friends and generally just procrastinating. I’m definitely my harshest critic, as I’m sure is the same with all of you reading this, but I’ve decided to make a drastic change.
7 Days of Self-DisciplineThis is where the 7 day self-discipline challenge comes in. For the next 7 days, I’m going to literally cut out of my life all the things that aren’t necessary to my income / business success and see how well that works out for me in terms of difficulty and more importantly, productivity. I didn’t want to say cutting out all the time-wasters in my life because some of the things most people would view as time-wasters may actually beneficial for me in the long run. For example, if I spend 30 minutes on Twitter or Facebook in a day, then that could be seen as 30 minutes of being unproductive. However, I know that my connections on Twitter and Facebook very often become new blog readers, so in a sense the time on those sites is productive. Needless to say, for the next 7 days, I’m only going to focus on things that are very important to me. I’m going to get started on a new eBook which will help people build and grow their own blog like I’ve done here. I’m also going to continue to promote some of my lesser known websites and hopefully round up all the tasks that I have been putting off. So, what am I going to be cutting out? Let’s see…
- No Twitter, Facebook or Instant Messaging
- No TV
- No waking up late or staying out until 2-3am
- No sex or anything related (yes, I’m taking this seriously
- No email or website stats checking