How to Boost Productivity Using Delay of Gratification

By , The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Time management tips teach you how to celebrate your potential. You create your life every day through your time choices, after all. And each constructive, disciplined time choice strengthens you and enhances your contentment. So building on the wisdom of The Road Less Traveled is an excellent base for your time choices.

Scott Peck’s first book, The Road Less Traveled, achieved worldwide prominence in 1983. Translated into 20 languages, with over 7 million copies sold, it stayed on the New York Times Best Seller List longer than any other paperback book, before or since.

It remains popular because it helps readers make tough choices to solve profound, often lifelong problems. And each of the 4 disciplines that Peck promotes can translate directly to time management strengths.

How would you like to successfully tackle the biggest problem in your life? You can make a strong start by utilizing the power of the first discipline discussed in The Road Less Traveled: delay of gratification. Which of the following attributes would move you forward?

5 Essential Strengths that Delay of Gratification Helps Build:

  1. Overcoming Procrastination 

    When you put off what is difficult or unpleasant, the neglected tasks hang over you like a cloud, day after day. Overcoming this impulsive avoidance allows you to get what is objectionable or challenging out of the way first. You are then free to enjoy your remaining projects with clear conscience. The result? Heightened effectiveness and much more guilt-free time!

  2. Trust 

    Follow-through requires that you stay the course in the face of challenges and distractions. As congruence develops between your plans and your actions, others trust you more, and you trust yourself more. This integrity attracts success in all aspects of your life.

  3. Problem-Solving Capabilities 

    Scott Peck maintains, “You can solve any problem if you take the time.” As you delay gratification, you exercise the patience needed to consistently see problems through to their resolution. You will discover first-hand that the less you empower discomfort, the less ability it has to throw you off course. Now you can proceed from priorities to plans to productivity!

  4. Broadening Horizons

    This increased competence build confidence. Step by step, you can increase the scope of your thinking as you build a strong foundation of problem-solving skills. This in turn enhances your alertness, creating a gratifying spiral of success.

  5. Achievement of Long-Term Goals

    Your steadiness of purpose also enhances your ability to actualize far-ranging projects of increased complexity. Now you can launch projects that fulfill lifetime dreams, confident of your capacity to remain focused and productive. Just think of how much more excitement this will bring to your life!

“Failure Cannot Cope With Persistence”

This maxim from Napoleon Hill can serve as a supportive mantra. Or you may wish to create your own. In either case, affirm your boundless power to realize your goals through the constancy of your time choices.

Treat delay of gratification like a muscle you build. Start small, collect successes, and work your way up. The more consistently you exercise this muscle, the more strength and flexibility you manifest. Clearly visualize the achievement of your long-term goal. The satisfaction you experience will help make your chosen course more compelling than the current distraction. Expect to learn as you go, and extend both patience and compassion to yourself as you make this discipline your own.

Step by step, you will experience yourself as powerful, because constructive action will grow from your plan as surely as an oak emerges from an acorn.

Now, how will you enact the time choices that build your life?

Paula Eder, PhD is an internationally-known coach and published author who specializes in mentoring heart-based entrepreneurs and small business owners, from the inside out, to align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they make more money, create more freedom, and find more time.  To learn more about Paula’s unique, Heart-Based Time Management™ System and begin your transformational journey, sign up for her Finding Time Success Kit. Discover how you can find time for what matters most.

© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.

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