How to Discipline Yourself with these 10 Tools

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People who achieve high results generally have following trait in common: self-discipline. 

Self-discipline is a global process by which you will be able to master

your thoughts, your emotions, your habits and your behaviors. 

Your attitude.

Your attitude generally corresponds to the lifestyle you chose.

And self-discipline can be at the heart of your lifestyle.

Or not.

It’s your choice.

Self-discipline can be considered as one of the best ways to be successful, too.

By implementing a series of imperatives, discipline becomes a routine.

And by setting up this kind of routine, what is usually perceived as belonging to your effort zone

finally becomes part of your comfort zone.

Self-discipline can be defined as a very powerful way allowing you to transfer key assets

from your effort zone to your comfort zone.

It’s kind of alchemist’s work for effort becomes comfort, via self-discipline.

Many digital solutions can allow you to facilitate all your daily work in order to enhance your self-discipline.

By mastering these tools, you will definitively take your self-discipline to the next level

– and further boost your performance, as a consequence.

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  Digital tools can help you boost your performance

  and bring your self-discipline

  to the next level 

1. Self-discipline > Stay continously on track with Feedly

If you want to belong to the best of the best of your industry, you have to update your knowledge incessantly.

It is utmost important to get informed about all new key tendencies, the evolution of main new technologies,

the emergence of new techniques, and all the inventions, discoveries and improvements

which sometimes can change many things within one day.

One of the best ways to stay continously on track is to work with Feedly.

This tool allows you to select the best medias of your industry and get informed

about all the new articles which are published on the online platforms of reference.

Once you installed Feedly, all you have to do is to regularly follow the headlines

and click on the articles which may contain relevant information for your business.

By using Feedly, you can be sure not to miss an important thing.

And to be the first informed. Information flow is key: if you get the news and the trends

in advance, you can get a real competitive advantage.

Feedly allows you also to send important information per email to your team or your colleagues.

You can diffuse your favorite articles on your social networks, too.

And you can save some important releases in order to read them later.

Being constantly informed is very important.

If an important trend is emerging in your sector and if you are not informed right away,

it could make you make wrong decisions, which could seriously damage your business, as a consequence.

Feedly helps you avoid that.

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2. Self-discipline > Work on ALL very important contents thanks to Pocket

You can receive important information, notice key articles and read interesting headlines

while at the same time not having the time to work on all this. 

This is where Pocket comes in.

As its name suggests, Pocket allows you to keep important articles in your pocket.

The principle is simple. Pocket’s slogan perfectly highlights it:

“When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket”.

22 million people in the world already use this solution. And 2 billion contents have already been saved this way.

Pocket is included in many other popular digital solutions such as Feedly, Twitter or Flipboard, just as examples.

You can save all your contents via your applications, your email, or your browser.

When you save a content via Pocket, you can read it later on your desktop

or your smartphone whithout any internet connection.

After having installed Pocket, you can add the Pocket icon next to your main browser field.

When a content raises your attention, you just have then to click on the button:

that automatically registers it on your desktop and you can read it later, after.

When you put all the contents which raised your interest in your Pocket,

they all appear in a dashboard, on your Pocket’s platform.

It’s very easy after to read, sort, delete or archive them

when they are not useful anymore (once you have read them all).

All contents can be emailed or sent on your favorite social networks, too.

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3. Self-discipline > Order all your innovative ideas with Evernote

“Inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture, and share your ideas across any device.”

This is how Evernote defines its main added value on the home page of its website.

Evernote allows you to write down all your business ideas.

That way, you can be sure not to miss business opportunities

which may come from your creativity.

Each time you have an idea, you can save it and work later on it.

Evernote helps you also build and manage all your daily tasks.

The tool simplifies the management of your to-do list. 

All Evernote dashboards can be synchronized on your desktop, tablet and smartphone.

All your devices can then be updated simultaneously, which helps you optimize your time management.

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4. Self-discipline > Constantly optimize your team management with Slack

Manage teams and projects can require a lot of time.

Slack enables to optimize the time you will dedicate to your team, your project,

your organisation and all kind of administrative processes which may slow down your performance.

As a digital solution, Slack is genial.

This tool can help you save tons of hours.

“Be less busy”. This is how Slack defines its added value in the url field after its domain name. 

Tens of thousands of teams around the world use Slack to make their working lives

simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

Here are some of the main features presented on Slack’s product web page:

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> You can organize your team conversations in open channels and create channels per project, topic, team, etc.

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> You can send messages directly to another person or to a small group of people.

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> You can take a conversation from typing to face-to-face by starting a voice or video call in any Channel or Direct Message.

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> All your messages, files, images, PDFs, documents, and spreadsheets can be dropped right into Slack

   and shared with anyone you want. You can add comments, star for later reference, and it’s all completely searchable.

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> If you use any services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box, you just have to paste the link

   and that document is immediately in sync and searchable too.

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> You can connect all the tools you use to Slack and avoid all that constant switching between apps.

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> You can set up your integration so that you get all your notifications directly within Slack

    – from support requests, code check-ins, and error logs to sales leads – all of them searchable in one central archive.

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> Everything in Slack – messages, notifications, files, and all – is automatically indexed

   and archived so that you can have it at your fingertips whenever you want.

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> Slack also indexes the content of every file so you can search within PDFs,

   Word documents, Google docs, and more. 

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5. Self-discipline > Manage and prioritize all your tasks with Trello

Trello is a very powerful tool.

You can create a dashboard and add cards on it which correspond to tasks, projects, things to do, etc. 

It makes the intelligent management of a to-do list possible. 

Everyone can be part of the process, contribute to the addition, suppression,

or modification of tasks. You can add pictures, drawings, sketches, writings.

Trello is a modern, visual, intuitive, funny and powerful digital solution which allows you

to manage your numerous tasks – and save your time, as a consequence.

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6. Self-discipline > Track all your competitors with SEMrush

Surprisingly, SEMrush is not really wellknown in the business world.

It’s not that fair because this tool is really, really powerful.

Already dreamt of being able to know the traffic of your main competitors?

SEMrush can do this for you.

Already wondered yourself which keywords or which keyword combinations could bring massive traffic

and revenues to your website? SEMrush can give you these strategic information.

Already thought about building a website in a niche market in which there are no market data available

(how can you then evaluate your future turnover and revenues without any relevant financial data?).

SEMrush can help you get this kind of data.

Example: if your plan is to build a concierge service in Paris for a luxury clientele

composed by tourists coming from rich countries such as the United States, Japan or the Emirates

– and if you see that the same kind of website already exists and brings zero traffic

according to SEMrush, you can definitively conclude that this business idea may be theoritically interesting,

but is concretely absolutely irrelevant.

If you know SEMrush, you will be able to come to this conclusion in a few seconds.

If you do not know SEMrush, you will come to the same conclusion in a few months,

after having conceived the website and noticed that no internet users visit your website,

whatever its quality and the added value it proposes – because there is no market.

SEMrush helps you build a very powerful competitive intelligence strategy.

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Knowing:

> which keywords bring which traffic to your competitors

> which web pages of your competitors’ websites are very popular

> the level of traffic of your main competitors through the years

can help you build strong competitive advantages.

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7. Self-discipline > Manage all your social media platforms with Buffer

Buffer is a popular tool in the digital world.

Buffer can help you optimize your time. Instead of posting all your messages on all your social networks platforms,

you can manage all your posts in all your social networks from only one platform, that is to say Buffer.

Buffer is not the only one digital tool which can help you optimize the time spent on social media.

Hootsuite, Sprout Social and Agorapulse are also very popular and powerful tools. 

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8. Self-discipline > Automate your digital actions and tools with IFTTT

The principle of IFTTT is simple: “IF This Then That”.

How simple.

IFTTT has become the ultimate automation service for small tasks between Internet-connected services. 

When you have an IFTTT account, you activate any of the numerous available channels.

Each has its own set of triggers (the “if this” part) or actions (the “then that” side) or both.

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For example, make a status update on one service (a trigger), IFTTT will ensure an action

takes place on another channel, like reposting that update.

Combine them just right and you can create a daisy chain of triggers and actions across

a number of services, where just one post could hit almost every corner of your web presence.

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Example: if you post a picture on Instagram >>> save it automatically on Dropbox.

Most of the big names are supported on IFTTT.

For social networking you’ll find Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram. 

There are Google services like YouTube, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Talk.

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You’ll find sync services like Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive,

plus blog services like WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger.

You’ll find popular media-sharing services such as SoundCloud and Flickr.

Media outlets including BuzzFeed, ESPN, TMZ, Digg,

and The New York Times have channels to push their content.

Commerce services like Etsy, Fiverr, Craigslist, eBay, and Best Buy are there.

Evernote has a channel, along with read-it-later services Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability.

Feedly and Inoreader channels are available for heavy RSS users

(plus a generic “Feed” channel to work with any random RSS or Atom feed).

There are generic channels for things like stocks, weather, date, time,

and taking or making SMS messages and phone calls.

Depending on your industry, you can set up and automate processes which will allow you to spare a lot of time.

The number of applications, tools and platforms you can connect together is really impressive.

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Here is the complete list.

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9. Self-discipline > Always stay fit with MyFitnessPal

Being in good shape brings many benefits.

It is proven that people who manage to stay fit get better intellectual performance,

make better decisions, stay mentally and physically on top.

Peope who feel good in their body feel good in their head.

 

MyFitnessPal is a very popular application which can allow you to stay fit.

This application was already downloaded million times and it has a 4,6 note on the Play Store.

The application contains an impressive database of more than 5 millions foods,

so that you can calculate the number of calories you take when you eat.

The application gives you also some calorie free recipes which allow you to prepare

good meals while staying in good shape. The tool also gives you 350 fitness exercices

you can make in order to help you sculpt your body.

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10. Self-discipline > Make all your decisions using the Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix, also referred to as Urgent-Important Matrix, helps you prioritize tasks

by urgency and importance, sorting out less urgent and important tasks

which you should either delegate or not do at all.

President Eisenhower had to make tough decisions continuously about

which of the many tasks he should focus on each day.

This finally led him to invent the world-famous Eisenhower principle,

which today helps us prioritize by urgency and importance.

Prioritizing tasks by urgency and importance results in 4 quadrants with different work strategies:

1. Do First  >>>  First focus on important tasks to be done the same day.

2. Schedule  >>>  Important, but not-so-urgent stuff should be scheduled.

3. Delegate  >>>  What’s urgent, but less important, delegate to others.

4. Don’t Do  >>>  What’s neither urgent nor important, don’t do at all.

According to President Eisenhower:

« What is important is rarely urgent and what is urgent is rarely important ».

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Written by Jerome Perrin

I help professionals grow their business 

thanks to digital, technology and web marketing

  • Jerome Perrin

    And you? What is your secret to enhance your self-discipline?

    I’m looking forward to reading your insights!

    Jay