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Discipline - how old-fashioned! But is it also possible without it?

| Talent, intelligence, education and origin - these qualities are considered to be particularly important for professional success. However, if you believe the latest scientific findings (Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman / University of Pennsylvania), then the original German virtue of discipline or self-discipline is actually even more important for professional advancement. Discipline - that sounds stiff, old-fashioned and as relaxed and casual as a uniform. And yet it is important to deal with this characteristic and to find the right way to deal with it. |

Discipline - a term with positive and negative connotations

Discipline comes from Latin and means (according to Duden) something like: "To fit into the order of a community" and "to master one's own will, one's own feelings and inclinations in order to achieve something". Perhaps one associates too much with the negative aftertaste that clings to this property: Drill, cadaver obedience or anger for regulation are some of the negative excesses of the discipline. Willpower and perseverance, on the other hand, are among the positive characteristics. We are not born with them, but we can train them!

Self-discipline: outsmart your "weaker self"

Procrastination and avoidance are both manifestations of a lack of self-discipline. Some only become active at the last minute (“I can still send the material order tomorrow”) and say they need the print. Others suffer from the fear of failure, avoid the pressure to perform and are big on excuses. Avoiding such temptations and thereby gaining more self-control is the way to go. That all sounds very tedious. But there are already a few tips to outsmart your weaker self:

Tip 1: set goals

Is the goal - e.g. B. the advanced training to become a prophylaxis assistant or the introduction of a new material ordering system - really my personal will, then I identify with it. Or do I just do what others want and just follow advice from outside? If so, then I don't really identify myself. It is therefore always advisable to look at the topic from a distance and to question it: Do I see the meaning for myself?

Tip 2: plan

Don't try to do everything at the same time - it usually ends up in chaos. Structure and set a time sequence. Priorities are also helpful in this context: what is important, what still has time? To-do lists are a good resource here.

Tip 3: fix appointments

“Sometime” is not a helpful appointment that only tempts you to postpone it and leave it behind. A specific, realistically chosen and noted (e.g. in the mobile phone calendar) appointment helps to keep the resolution. For example, the following tasks could be planned in advance and carried out in a targeted manner: preparing team meetings, shredding files, preparing learning units for trainees, checking the outstanding HKP permits, maintaining the patient ordering system.

Tip 4: define sections

Large tasks have to be broken down into clear, small sub-steps. That makes the task feel easier. The use of task control in the e-mail program can be very helpful here and make the topic appear more transparent.

Tip 5: avoid stress

Be especially active in the performance phases. We all follow a different biorhythm. Put simply: the early riser jumps out of bed and is in top shape, the late riser is often wide awake in the evening and there are also fluctuations during the day. It is important to recognize and take advantage of this in order to be as active as possible in the personal performance phase and to complete difficult tasks.

Tip 6: Breaks bring relaxation

Strict and concentrated work is important, but non-stop strenuous work is impossible. Consistent breaks help to increase productivity and the ability to concentrate. After four hours of assistance, a short coffee break will help and the short walk during the lunch break will give you other thoughts.

Tip 7: Don't publish every goal

The skeptics in the personal environment can represent a great danger to your own project. As soon as you have spoken of your idea, the person you are talking to reacts with skepticism: “Did you also think of your family during such a time-consuming training?” - And self-doubts are aroused and your own motivation is ruined. You have to avoid pessimists if you don't want to jeopardize your own goal.

Tip 8: Be moderate in your self-discipline

With all of the many benefits of self-discipline, there are also dangers. On the one hand, they come from outside, because high demands are often placed on self-disciplined people. This can lead to excessive demands. Those affected often suffer from their own competence. People with a high level of self-discipline tend to let all demands on them and work off them. Because of their self-discipline, they work harder than others - to the point of self-exploitation. Here, too, it depends on the healthy amount. A little serenity brings some distance from one's own actions.