Are You Disciplined or Does that Scare You?

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The word “discipline” means different things to different people. Personnally, I like the word! Yesterday, I used the word “disciplined” in Twitter without even thinking about it. Almost immediately I got a reply from a someone I follow in Twitter teasing me for using that word, “@JulieWalraven did you just use that disgusting swearword “disc*****d”? GO wash your mouth out lol.” At the time, I was talking about needing to be more disciplined in writing my blogs but overall, I really have been on a constant search for a more disciplined life style.

I implement lots of tools to keep me disciplined. I use my Daytimer and write my list daily to keep things fresh in my mind. People have recommended a Blackberry or PDA but for me rewriting the list is therapeutic for me. For email, I use Outlook and have a myriad of folders to sort incoming mail. Alas, despite my system and the ready delete button, I admit that right now there are 475 e-mails in my inbox.

When I started blogging, I knew that I would sooner or later have to become disciplined in that area too. Blog topics aren’t a problem for me. They float through my head all day long. If I could transcribe straight from my thoughts, I would be fine. It’s the practice of actually selecting one of those blog ideas and writing the full post that gets difficult for me.

I can always find something else that needs doing more. When I was talking about needing discipline to blog, that’s what I meant. I need to actually sit down and write. In my life, there is always something that needs doing. Boredom doesn’t ever kick in. I just have to be disciplined enough to organize my priorities.

What about you? Do you like the word discipline or does it scare you? And would it help you in your career to be more disciplined? Time for me to write my list for tomorrow!

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4 Responses to “Are You Disciplined or Does that Scare You?”


  1. 1 Mike Nichols November 20, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I like the word “disciplined,” but it doesn’t like me. No matter how hard I try, it seems like my life is as sloppy as my desk is. I’ve been to Franklin planner classes and kept one for years, used Getting Things Done — all to no avail!

    But there’s one thing I am disciplined about, and that’s my blog. It’s one of the main joys in my life, and I feed and water it every day.

    Of course, it helps that I’m retired and don’t have the distraction of a “day job.” I’m not sure how I would arrange my time were I to have to work 8-10 hours a day, but I do know that, for the gratification it brings to me, I would make at least some time for it.

  2. 2 Julie Walraven November 20, 2008 at 3:36 am

    @MikeNichols, blogging is so new for me. It was one of those things I put off because I didn’t think I knew how or wouldn’t do well or all the other excuses you make when you think you can’t do something.

    I’m self-employed so my time is my own but at the same time, making the wrong choice means that I only hurt myself when I am not disciplined.

    I like your blog, it is well thought out and makes me think deeper. I’ll be over and comment soon!

    Thanks for the support!

  3. 3 kwbridge November 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve never thought of being disciplined as a negative thing. And it’s especially important when you work for yourself. I think I’m I have discipline with the things that need to be done but I know that I’m easily distracted too – and forgetful.

  4. 4 Julie Walraven November 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Exactly, Kim, I know I do better when I discipline myself. I think the older I get, both my memory and attention-span are getting shorter, which is why I use multiple systems to stay on task.

    I think I will need your help with WordPress soon. I am afraid to let this blog get too big without downloading the actual software. I’ll send you an email, we can work out the details.


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