Discipline. I dare you to succeed at anything in life without discipline. Discipline and character are so closely related its like squares and rectangles. Think back to geometry for that one. I came across this definition recently.
Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.
Ahhh, isn’t it so true?
Discipline will bring you success in all forms from working out to getting a promotion at work to have a successful and flawless moving experience. Let’s talk about the different ways you can apply discipline for success when you’re moving.
- Pay attention to your personal calendar or timeline.
- Actually, you know what? Back it up a step. MAKE A CALENDAR. Yeah, it’s boring as a life activity but! But! Two minutes, or really more like 20 minutes considering the internet and smart phones and I don’t know, ordering a pizza to reward yourself for even thinking about starting the task. So, like, two minutes of real work. If everything in life was so easy you did two minutes of real work and got months, weeks and days of benefit, we’d never stop doing things. We might be unstoppable, you guys!
- Now that you’ve made a calendar, stick to it. The reason why we spread it out over time is to make the tasks smaller and more manageable. It might seem like cleaning the kitchen will take. all. day. but it is more likely to take an hour. See, that didn’t ruin everything, did it? Put your change of address in, at least stick to that one task. I didn’t do this once and it resulted in a doctor’s office getting a collection agency for a $20 copay I didn’t know I owed because I didn’t update my address. Whoops. Don’t be me.
- Actually do the purging before you do the packing. This will take real discipline. You’ll want to say, I’ll just do it later. Or I’ll do it when I unpack. Nope! A) You could have saved everybody the effort of not having to move the extra stuff you packed. B) When you’re unpacking you already have so much other stuff you need to deal with. Like buying a plunger. And finding ways to dispose of a house full of boxes and packing paper without the recycle bin overloading and getting a fee for that. C) The last thing you’ll want to do is repack the car with the clothes and items you decided to purge after you’ve moved to haul it off to the donation center. You’re more likely to throw things away or worse, keep them, one of these choices which results in more landfill waste than necessary. Figure out which one does that for yourself.
- Actually unpack. If you set aside Sunday to unpacking and decorating and washing your dishes so you can cook in your new kitchen instead of eating out the rest of the week and getting fatter and fatter all because you decided to go to a kickball game instead. Look at that for a run-on sentence. That’s what hoarding does to you. Eventually you start to hoard words in your mouth until they come out in long non-sensical run-on sentences.
- BUDGET. Ugh, I’m on a budget right now and it’s the most boring thing I’ve done in my life. I want to groan every time I want to spend money and can’t. How boring. Budgeting takes real discipline you may not have the stamina for. At least try it though. Budgeting doesn’t just mean your money. It’s time and resources. Budgeting your resources is extra important if you have loved ones helping you move. Their time and energy is valuable beyond dollars, though you could have hired full service movers, and if you don’t utilize it well they may not help you in the future or worse, you’ll be stuck in a rough spot because you didn’t get the move done in time. Boo.
- Be kind. How does this relate to discipline? Obviously you’ve never thought about it then, son. Sorry, that was not a kind sentence. I apologize. Kindness is a choice. There will be days in your moving process that you’ll be grumpy or in a foul mood or anything but kind. The days you’ll be short and snap at your spouse or friend or roommate or the pizza delivery boy. Remember. Remember. Remember. It’s an active choice. Be kind.
- Be committed. Commitment is discipline. Or is it? I’m single, live alone, have no kids but still show up to work on time every day then go to yoga and manage to cook myself three healthy meals a day. That sounds like commitment, right? RIGHT? I’m committed to my lifestyle. Be that committed to your moving while you have to do it.