Discipline Solves Productivity Problem

One of the economists, Richard Thaler, who earned his Nobel Prize won on the following theory – given a choice, people will choose bad decisions for themselves.

For example, if you give people the option to choose savings per month for their pension, most won’t choose at all. So it makes sense for the government to make it mandatory by removing those choices.

So it makes clear sense that you aren’t doing something about that exercise resolution you make every year.

Also, you hate your job, but still, you don’t level up yourself or equip with a better connection.

Making decisions is tough. But it can be the single best thing you can do to help yourself. Choosing a narrative, practicing discipline & removing barriers can make you go a long way. Let’s try to understand decision making better…

Avoid Multiple Decisions

Every year, one of the standard resolutions is to go to the gym for a variety of reasons. Such as losing weight, gaining weight, strength training, etc.

But you drop out of the gym after 1st month of the year. So what’s happening here?

You have become trapped in many decisions. Decisions don’t need to be revisited if you didn’t made a decision.

You can overcome this by not asking decision question.

So when you wake up, you shouldn’t ask whether you should go to the gym or not? Because the answer is yes & you have already made that decision. Now you should ask whether I will lift weights or run or do something else.

On Fitness App

Fitness apps are on the rise. Because you want help. It is an extension of the decision problem; they won’t solve your fitness issues.

It can track your steps, weight, blood pressure & 10 different things. But if you won’t act on it, then nothing had changed. Now, you are just aware of the problem.

Fitness apps can help you with data to choose your exercise. So every day you can look at the stats & confirm which exercise to do. But the decision to do exercise has to be made prior & one time only.

Fitness apps are there to guide you. They aren’t the replacement of your decision making.

You have to take a stand now.

Enter Discipline

Sit down & try to come up with reasons on why you want to do something. And then decide on that thing. It can be as simple as painting one picture a month.

Setting simple goals is an easy way to get a habit. And once you do that, you can scale it up.

After one moment, it will get uncomfortable. Stay there. Do less but keep doing because it is your prior self rejecting new changes.

And boom, it will feel comfortable again. Keep at it. Of course, you aren’t going to make massive changes anytime soon. That’s not the point either.

You will be bad, people might laugh at you & there won’t be any visible progress. Still, keep doing. The change will become evident once six months or a year gets passed.

Discipline to enforce consistency in embracing bad work will lead to good work.