10 ways for entrepreneurs to master self-discipline

A huge part of finding success as an entrepreneur is having the resilience to see things through to their conclusion. It’s not all going to be exciting stuff, but you need to know that you are disciplined enough to face whatever tasks your business throws at you. In this article we take a look at some of the ways you can take control of your destiny and stay disciplined when everything around you is becoming haphazard.

Put pen to paper

Let’s start with the simple stuff. Write things down. Think about where you want your business to be, how long you want to take to get there, and what hurdles you’ll have to overcome to achieve this. Write it down, and suddenly you’ve got the beginnings of a business plan.

Visualise the perks

Studies have shown that willpower lasts longer when you motivate yourself with thoughts about the end result you want. Visualise every task you undertake as a step closer to your ideal destination.

Balance what you want and what you need

You shouldn’t ignore the tasks you don’t particularly want to do, but you shouldn’t bog yourself down with them either. Find a good balance between what you want to do and what you need to do. In the end, it’s about finding the right person for every task. It might be you, or it might be someone else in your business with more appropriate skills and experience who you can delegate to.

Remember, however, that delegating should not mean taking shortcuts.

Prepare for procrastination

We’re all human, and no matter how hard we try we can’t all be 100% productive 100% of the time. So when planning your schedule, give yourself a little time to account for your less motivated periods. Give yourself short, regular breaks throughout the day or week to recuperate and keep your energy up. When you have allocated time to be intensely productive, do everything you can to remove distractions and keep yourself focused – this may include turning your phone off or shutting down your web browser so you don’t receive emails. 

Find your Monday motivation

There’s a reason people often say you should start a new task on a Monday. Research has shown that Monday morning is the best time for making a decision to change for the better, and sticking to it. If you have a big task you need to complete, or want to change up your business style to include more planning, less procrastination and more focus, put these changes in place at the start of a new week.

Keep your word

This will benefit you and other people in your business. Honesty is a necessity in business, so you need to be honest with yourself and others about how much you can and will achieve. Ask others for help when you need it and don’t be afraid of appearing human — you’ll gain more respect because of it.

Take care of yourself

Sleep well, eat well, avoid overindulging in common vices like alcohol and poor diet. You may feel that your personal and social life is completely separate from your work life but when you are an entrepreneur in business the two are often difficult to separate.
You are the captain of your business ship, and if you aren’t functioning properly then neither is your enterprise. Staying fit, healthy, energised and focused means paying attention to all aspects of your wellbeing. Think how much more productive you can be with just 5% or even 10% more energy.

Listen to those around you

You might be the captain, but the ship can’t sail without its crew. Listen to the advice of others around you in order to gain a more holistic picture of how your business is running. You might just hear some great ideas you’d never have thought of yourself. Finding a business mentor or adviser can be a great step because it forces you to regularly think through the decisions you are making and helps you become accountable for your own actions.

If you do not have a trusted mentor or adviser, why not get in touch with the specialist team here at TEDCO by emailing enquire@tedco.org.

Avoid instant decision making

You might think making quick decisions makes you more efficient, but more often than not it’s best to take a little more time and ensure that the decision you’re making is the right one.

Be disciplined for YOU

If you run a business, then you’re not working hard to please the person above you in the pecking order – you’re working hard to please yourself. Learn to take pride in your business’s achievements and motivate yourself by feeling good about your company’s success. Enjoying your hard work paying off will give you the drive you need to work even harder in the future.


Finding success as a small business is an uncertain and difficult path to take, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.