This month and especially this week I’ve been trying my best to be consistent in my actions. I am typically very inconsistent and I lack a lot of self-discipline. I notoriously start things and rarely complete them – whether that’s a craft project, diet, exercise routine or simply establishing a routine. I think my word COMMIT goes hand in hand with being consistent. When you commit to doing something there has to be an element of consistency to see that thing through.
This month I’ve committed to establishing and following a budget and have so far been consistent with using that budget. I’ve committed to getting our office in order, getting papers organized and filed, getting tax documents in order, and finishing any unfinished paperwork that needs to be done (that ridiculous GST number I’ve never got rid of from 9 years ago and avoid filing the zero dollar claims each year because #procrastination), I’ve accomplished most of that list. This week I’ve committed to snacking less at night and beginning to exercise in order to get my body into better condition. It’s only been five days but I’ve cut back on the snacks and done three days of very light exercises. I’ve committed to being more routined in our day to day life – being less go with the flow (because that usually leaves me feeling unproductive and lazy) and more structured. I’ve also committed to getting into a real school routine to get us ready for September when Ezekiel officially starts Kindergarten homeschool.
All of the above commitments have lead to more consistency and discipline. There are definitely days that have been harder to follow through on and I’ve had to pep talk myself to get through them. Usually if I get myself into the shower and ready for the day before 9am I am able to push aside the voice in my head that is fighting the discipline and consistency. There have been far more benefits than struggles though and I am so happy with the results. Consistency in action has lead to
- a calmer household
- children who are more cooperative and happier
- fewer fluctuations in moods for me
- large jumps in learning and confidence for Ezekiel
- more free time that actually feels like relaxation because I’m not thinking of what I “should” be doing
- more productivity and less agonizing about the “to-do” list
- feeling a load off my shoulders and in control of parts of my life
- less fear about what’s to come
Discipline is definitely a learned behaviour and it’s not easy but it’s so so rewarding! I’ve got miles to go to get where I want to be but I’m learning to focus on one baby step at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed and freeze with intimidation. I’m excited to see the progress I make this year and the impact it will have on mine and my families lives!