What is the eternal nagging question of the individual who seeks to live life to its maximal happiness?

“Am I living up to my potential?”

That question will haunt you every day until you solve it. The subconscious has a gift for an awareness of personal flaws that the conscious mind is blind to. You will be nagged with doubt until you can prove to yourself that you are maximizing your time and effort.

But there is a way to wipe that doubt from your mind. I am about to explain how you can answer that all important life question definitively. I will explain how you can not only rid yourself of doubt, but how you can improve the rate at which you progress towards your goals.

If you feel the heat of your potential burning in your heart – I have good news for you. I will be explaining how you can train your brain to increase your mental capacity and your ability to focus on a single task. Step by step, you will learn how to achieve your personal life goals, whatever they may be.

Self Discipline Sensei will teach you how to make rapid progress towards your life goals at a lower willpower cost.

What do I mean by willpower cost?

You’ve heard of the recent psychological studies linking an exertion of willpower to a glucose ‘cost’ within the body. It is suggested that making an effort to do something you wouldn’t normally do has a cost in glucose.

This means that willpower is a finite (or limited) resource!

If you’ve forced yourself to work through a gruelling days work at a day job, you’ve probably depleted almost all of your willpower already. It’s hardly surprising that when you sit down at your desk to finally try to tackle that novel, or start studying, or practise a foreign language – you can’t seem to begin.

Dismiss any idea that you might just be fundamentally lazy.

There are two methods for dealing with low battery power. 1) Get more batteries, 2.) Don’t use batteries at all.

If your willpower battery is depleted, it can be dealt with in the same way. And I will be providing the methods for both increasing the capacity of your willpower reserves and also working at your goals without incurring a ‘glucose cost’ at all.

How is it possible to do work without any sense of struggle or resistance?

The secret has been known to humanity for years. If you want to make a tough job easier and lighten the burden of struggle, you make a game of it.

You whistle as you work and try to get a beat going. You play catch with the heavy loads and keep a score. Ancient Egyptians motivated pyramid workers by ranking workers by efficiency. They created history’s first leaderboards.

Self Discipline Sensei makes a game of any task

Gamification is the process of making a non game application more gamelike. 

In the gamification section, I will explain exactly what the term gamification means and why it is misunderstood by so many. The fact is, most productivity tools that claim to be gamified actually make a fatal flaw that leads them to become more destructive to productivity than helpful.

Done right, gamification has the ability to tap into a person’s sense of play. When the brain believes it is playing, it considers the situation less stressful. And due to a background in mobile game development, I know all of the psychological tricks used to give those games an ‘addictive’ quality. I’ve often wondered whether this powerfully persuasive technique could be used to nurture good habits instead.

For this reason, Self Discipline Sensei was created. I’ve poured every trick and motivational technique I know into one place. The result is an app that can both train and motivate you towards better productivity, by deeply ingraining habits, creating a sense of play and teaching productivity techniques.

Habits are automatic

It doesn’t induce groans of stress when we walk to the bathroom to brush our teeth,  because it is a regular habit. Habits like this have no willpower cost. If you can make progress towards your personal goals a habit, you can minimize the associated costs. Together with the other techniques in Self Discipline Sensei, you can reduce that cost to 0.

The master of self discipline feels no resistance towards work, it comes as naturally and carefreely as breathing.

You too, can become a master of what Daoists call Wu-Wei – the concept of effortless action.

Rather than fighting the flow of fate, you can use the momentum of the world to propel yourself closer to your goal. With just a guiding hand, you can make rapid progress towards whatever your goal may be, at a minimum level of effort.

Self Discipline Sensei was designed precisely to facilitate this. I wanted to create an app with effortless usage in mind. Moving with the natural, easy flow of things, rather than adding unneeded complexity. I wanted working on my goals to be both fun and easy.

In the next section I will explain how redefining the way we look at a task can have a drastic effect on how easy it becomes to work on that task. If you’ve ever started a todo list and found yourself marking off all the easy chores quickly, only to be left with the difficult tasks sitting at the top of the list for eternity, then this section is for you.

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Features

Slick motivational tricks and productivity tools with none of the time wasting

A new kind of task tracking

Does the way that I think about a goal effect how likely I am to complete it?

Task blocks offer a better way to work towards goals

Yes! Self Discipline Sensei takes the previously unrewarding until complete “todo list type” task and redefines how you work towards goals. Click here to find out more.

Gamified interface

Can work feel easier when I treat it like a game?

Make work feel addictively fun

Yes! Gamification takes the stress out of hard work by making a game of it. Not only that, the same techniques that game designers use to make games addictive can also be applied to working on your goals. Click here to read more.

Leap the motivational spectrum

Can anyone become motivated?

Nurturing intrinsic motivation

Yes! If you have previously relied on deadlines to provide motivation for doing work, you’ve probably never experienced the high levels of natural motivation Self Discipline Sensei can generate. Click here to find out more.

Customizable rewards

Do the kind of rewards I receive affect my motivation?

Tangile and intangible rewards you choose yourself

Yes! The brain reacts to different rewards in different ways. In fact, using the wrong kind of reward can kill your motivation! Click here to read more.

Productivity and tasking tracking tools

Is it possible I'm working inefficiently?

Identify weaknesses in your work flow

Yes! The only way to know for sure whether you’re working efficiently is to track your work. Click here to read about all the tools and techniques Self Discipline Sensei uses to track productivity.

Slick and accessible UI

Can a task tracking app actually distract from productivity?

No waste, no distractions

Yes! Badly designed task tracking apps only waste more time by putting barriers between you and productive work. Click here to learn why Self Discipline Sensei is different.

A new kind of task tracking

Todo list style tasks are not motivating

A todo list is a rudimentary, but effective task tracking technique. Innovations on the todo list tend to add needless complexity to a system that is easier done with a notepad and pen. And all task tracking systems follow the example of the todo list task – tracking tasks as some objective with an end goal.

Now, ask yourself, what is the most fun part of a todo list?

The most pleasurable sensation is marking off completed items.

It gives a sense of accomplishment and a satisfied feeling. In fact, the sensation is so pleasant that we can distract ourselves from the hard tasks in pursuit of these smaller highs.

It is for this reason that so many people get stuck with a todo list that has a few items that live forever at the top, while the easier tasks are marked off quickly and enthusiastically.

Though attempts have been made to innovate the todo list, few have been made to innovate the concept of a task.

Scott Adams is an exception. In his book, “How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Kinda Win Big”, Adams lays out an alternative conception of a task, which he calls a system. The difference between a system and a goal is that a system has no end state. It is a closed loop. You put time into the system and get results out at a steady rate.

This has an interesting implication.

Because success isn’t tied to completion, systems feel rewarding whether we spend 1 hour on a task or 1 minute. And because there is no end to a system, we’re not tempted towards simple tasks that are most easily completed.

The ‘system’ is the basis of a task block

In Self Discipline Sensei, we take Scott Adam’s concept of a system and guide users to formulate system-like tasks, instead of ordinary goals. The system is the beating heart of Self Discipline Sensei’s task blocks. When you combine a system-like approach to goal setting and the gamification and productivity techniques of Self Discipline Sensei, you get a task block.

A task block is a like a raw block of marble, requiring many hours to slowly carve into the shape you want it to be.

A task block is never completed, it simply becomes more intricate as your skill matures. To mark your progress, you are awarded mastery badges based on time spent on your craft – in the next section I’ll explain how these simple markers can have dramatic effects on your motivation.

Benefits of task blocks

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Gamified interface

There are people who doubt that gamification is effective in changing behaviour.

But most designers get gamification totally wrong, assuming that the important thing to borrow from games is the mechanics and semantics. But adding points, badges and leaderboards to an app doesn’t make it fun because those aren’t the parts of games that are fun. What makes games fun is the play element. That is the element that game designers ought to be borrowing from games.

What is the play element?

Play is a concept that predates humans. Dogs play fight with their siblings as pups. It’s an important way to test the boundaries without being in any actual danger. This act of pretending removes any anxiety attached to the interaction.

This explains why gamification is so effective for motivation when used correctly. The sense of fun and play loosens us up. We can enjoy working on our task and feel motivated throughout its duration. When the brain senses we’re in a state of play, it puts less pressure on itself. We can trick the brain into a sense of play to reduce the willpower cost for performing action.

Where most apps get it wrong

Gamification is frequently misunderstood. Other task tracking apps that claim to use gamification to encourage productivity actually use a different technique called serious games. A serious game is a game that motivates action outside of the game.
The key difference between the two is that you can only gamify something that isn’t already a game.

The distinction here is key, because other attempts at gamified tasking tracking actually unintentionally damage motivation. Think about it – you should be spending as much time on your goals as possible. If your todo list is locked away behind a pointless minigame, you’re going to have to invest extra time on a game every time you get to work on your goals. When that addictive minigame is eating into valuable time – something has gone wrong.

Self Discipline Sensei doesn’t have this problem. It is designed around subtle and effective implementation of true gamification. It is not a game! But when you use Self Discipline Sensei to work on your tasks, it will feel like you’re playing a game.

Addiction mechanics

So called “addiction mechanics” are a controversial element of game design.

Operant conditioning loopThey’re an extension of operant conditioning, a field popularized by the Skinner box experiment. Operant conditioning asserts that you can train behaviour by reinforcing a stimulus -> behaviour -> consequence loop. If the behaviour is the desired reaction to the stimulus, the consequence is a reward.

Often mobile games exploit operant conditioning to train players into putting endless hours or even real money into a game. But there’s no reason we can’t use the same method to encourage positive, constructive behaviour. Rather than loops that encourage spending and time wasting, it is possible to use operant conditioning to train good habits and increase motivation.

This is exactly how Self Discipline Sensei works. Points can be earnt by working on task blocks and spent to earn prizes that you choose yourself (see customizable rewards).

Because points represent a direction conversion of your effort, they can be used as a powerful motivation tool. Even when spent, total points gained unlock different levels of discipline belts. This visual feedback has a strong effect on intrinsic motivation as you begin to link your efforts at work with achieving higher belt levels.

Self Discipline belts

 

Mastery badges have a similar effect. These are coloured badges placed onto task blocks that have a certain number of hours worked on them.

Task blocks

 

These simple rewards may not look especially flashy – but it won’t be long until you’re more interested in belt levels and mastery badges than you are the prizes you set yourself. I’ll explain why this is in the motivation section, but for now understand that these gamelike systems are not only fun, they’re an important feedback signal to the brain. In our operant conditioning loop, it represents both the stimulus and the feedback. Seeing a mastery badge or belt level creates the urge to improve it (stimulus), so we work on a task (behaviour) and are rewarded with a new belt or badge (consequence + stimulus for new loop).

Self Discipline Sensei compounds this effect by using another ‘addiction mechanic’ – retention bonuses. 

These utilize a phenomenon called the endowed progress effect. This effect describes how when it seems as though we have already made progress at something, we’re more likely to commit to it. You’ve probably fallen for this trick before – some company gives you a reward card that already has the first few stamps filled out. Because you’re already part way to completion, you feel a much greater urge to use it again than if it was blank.

With retention bonuses, game designers give players a reward for each consecutive day they come back to the app. The days must be concurrent because doing something daily is the fastest way to build a habit.

And Self Discipline Sensei does exactly that. The rewards aren’t points though – those can only be earned through task work. Instead you’ll receive a % bonus to any points you receive during that day. This has the effect of rewarding without devaluing the points themselves – they’re still a true representation of hard work alone. You’ll get a little something extra every day too – but I’ll explain that fully in the productivity tools section.

This bonus will embed the urge to check the app daily. Checking the app daily is another stimulus to start our operant conditioning loop. In fact, everything in Self Discipline Sensei is created to be a stimulus for starting the addiction loop and getting you working on your goals.

There is much more about gamification in Self Discipline Sensei I could talk about, but I don’t have the page space. Instead, I’ll tell you something much more valuable. In the next section, I’ll cover exactly how the gamified elements of Self Discipline Sensei work to bend the rules of motivation.

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Customizable rewards

With Self Discipline Sensei, you choose your own rewards. You choose how many hours of work are required to purchase the reward.

Maybe you want to learn a language and treat yourself to a holiday in a country that speaks that language as a reward. Maybe you want to write a novel and incentivize yourself with a special purchase. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself to a nice meal as a reward for working hard on your studies.

However you want to reward yourself, Self Discipline Sensei accommodates this. Setting tangible rewards like this have a powerful effect on motivation. Every second we spend working feels like a small step towards a real prize.

This is worlds apart from a serious game approach to productivity, where you pump hours into a task only to be rewarded with virtual items that are only applicable to a game that was created as an afterthought, in a misguided attempt to gamify an application.

Would you rather increase the prosperity of your virtual avatar, or the prosperity of your real world self?
It’s true that you can just as easily set a reward for hard work without using Self Discipline Sensei at all.
That’s how I use to do things – until I learnt about something called restraint bias. This bias describes how, despite our best intentions, we consistently over estimate our ability to resist temptation.

This bias would seep into my focus. I’d find myself saying “well, I said I would do a weeks worth of work first, but I’m well on my way to that goal. It wouldn’t hurt to enjoy my reward a bit earlier”. I’d begin to make excuses for why missed deadlines and inefficient work shouldn’t keep me from my reward.

I created Self Discipline Sensei to put a hard lock on my rewards. There is no way to cheat and gain extra points to unlock a reward early – once the required hours or points have been set, you must work that much to unlock the prize.

Self Discipline Sensei also removes any ambiguity for when a reward is deserved. If you say that you will reward yourself on Friday for a hard weeks work, the odds are you will reward yourself on Friday regardless of how much work you do – making the reward entirely pointless, since it does not motivate more action.

If you don’t believe me, go out a purchase a reward for yourself today and leave it on your desk until you’ve achieved the desired level of productivity. See how hard the temptation is to resist receiving the reward early. Now imagine how different things would be if you had hard data on your productivity levels, a lock behind the reward and an interface that motivates you to work harder and harder each day.

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Leap the motivational spectrum

In the gamification section, I mentioned the two kinds of rewards Self Discipline Sensei uses to encourage motivation. But what is the difference between an intrinsic and an extrinsic motivation?
And why do we need both to truly create strong, lasting motivation?

Self determination theory states that motivation exists on a spectrum from amotivation (no motivation) to maximum motivation. The scale looks something like below, with extrinsic motivations occupying the lower levels of motivation and intrinsic motivations occupying the high levels of motivation.

As you can see, one of the least effective methods of motivation that can still spur action is external regulation. We’ve all experienced this kind of motivation: be it a teacher telling you that you need to complete your coursework to get a good grade, or your boss telling you you’ll be fired if you don’t complete your work. This is effective in creating action, but there are two problems:

1.) If this is the only motivation you have, you will return to amotivation when it is gone. This is a huge problem for recent graduates, or anyone who wants to work on a side project in their free time. You’re used to the fear of punishment creating motivation.

2.) Although it gets results, it isn’t that motivating. You’re unlikely to produce your best work if you’re only doing something because you really have to.

The issue of external regulation is the primary problem that anyone wishing to work on their goals runs into.

Which means you need some new kind of motivation. But as I mentioned, external regulation isn’t a particularly good method of motivating people anyway.

This is why Self Discipline Sensei uses an improved method for motivation right from the start.

The primary motivator is extrinsic rewarding, with the physical prizes that you define yourself (see custom rewards). This is described in the chart as a requirement for moving from external regulation to introjection, along with competence (skill at a task) and relatedness (a feeling that the task is important).

Extrinsic rewards place just higher than external regulation on the motivational spectrum, which make them an effective replacement when external regulation isn’t available. However, if you’re familiar with self determination theory, you’ll know that extrinsic rewards aren’t a good place to stop. If that was the only kind of reward available in Self Discipline Sensei, we would never be able to get to those very high levels of motivation. This is due to something called the overjustification effect – the drowning out of intrinsic motivation due to the presence of extrinsic motivations.

Generating intrinsic motivation

If you’re intrinsically motivated towards a task, that means you’re willing to do it just for it’s own sake. 

Think about something fun that you like to do in your life. Something like playing video games, or watching TV. You do these things just because they’re fun. You don’t need anyone telling you to play more games, or offering a special reward for watching TV, because you do it anyway. In fact, if you started receiving a reward for watching TV, you’d probably end up enjoying it less.

It is for this reason that Self  Discipline Sensei will gradually adapt your motivations from being extrinsically motivated into being intrinsically motivated.

 Having replaced external regulation with extrinsic rewards, the next step is to replace extrinsic rewards with intrinsic rewards. Intrinsic rewards are intangible. Being able to speak another language is the intrinsic reward for learning a new language. Improving your work rate and self discipline is the intangible reward for using Self Discipline Sensei. These intangible rewards are represented with the mastery badges and discipline belts mentioned in the gamification section.

You might find it hard to believe that you could come to be motivated purely by being rewarded with higher levels of belts and badges, but the key here is that the reward is not the image of the belt or badge. The graphical representation of this reward is irrelevant.

A black belt in Self Discipline Sensei is merely the visual representation of a users success in training his own self discipline. A mastery badge similarly represents a high level of expertise in one subject. The coveted white mastery badge for example, is gained after 10,000 hours work – the level at which it is (controversially) said a subject has been mastered.

This is the first step of creating intrinsic motivations. In self determination theory, competence is a required element of intrinsic motivation. This means that the feeling that you’re getting better at a task as you invest time in it is important. And it’s precisely why Self Discipline Sensei uses game elements like belt levels and mastery badges to represent skill. This is clear feedback of competence that will set the idea of intrinsic motivation into your head.

Another element required for intrinsic motivation that extrinsic motivations do not require is autonomy. Autonomy simply means that you decide to work on the task yourself.
This has some very interesting implications. It means schools and workplaces are intentionally stopping people reaching the highest levels of motivations.

Because external regulation is chosen as the means of motivation, people never have autonomy in deciding what they want to do. Without autonomy, they can never feel intrinsically motivated.

This means that if you’ve only ever completed tasks because you were told to, you have much more potential that has never before been unlocked. If you can develop intrinsic motivation, you can unlock a level of energy and enthusiasm for tasks that you’ve never experienced before.

Self Discipline Sensei creates intrinsic motivation by reinforcing habits using operant conditioning (see gamification). Rather than acting as a virtual boss and telling you what to do, Self Discipline Sensei works to nuture your own natural desires and energies.

Creating good habits is the key part of this. When we have an ingrained habit, it becomes a part of ourselves. In self determination theory, this is called integration with our goals. Once this occurs, the willpower cost of working on a goal is dramatically reduced.

Relatedness is the final element needed to turn extrinsic motivations into intrinsic motivations. This refers to feeling connected to something beyond yourself – that your goals have a purpose beyond a mere means to an end.  This is a feeling that the entirety of Self Discipline Sensei is designed to induce.

The cultivation of a natural energy and joy for working on tasks is the principal aim of Self Discipline Sensei. This is why we never use negative reinforcement as a motivational technique. You will never be punished for failing to work on your goals – the worst that can happen is that you will miss out on a reward.

This has the effect of reducing pressure and increasing enjoyment of working on tasks. Eventually, you will be able to reach a high level of focus, motivation and energy that comes without stress, struggle or strain. This is the Wu-Wei of work described in the introduction section – truly effortless effort.

Now that you fully understand the importance and power of creating deep motivations, read on to see all the features Self Discipline Sensei contains for gathering and disseminating productivity data. The reality is that you don’t know how much you don’t know. Until we check hard data, we have no idea if we’re working unproductively, or where our areas of weakness are. We can’t start fixing our problems until we know what they are!

If you’re ready to stop working unproductively and learn how Self Discipline Sensei can fix flaws you didn’t even know you had, read on to the next section.

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Productivity and task tracking tools

Beyond just increasing motivation and energy for working on tasks, Self Discipline Sensei also offers a range of useful features for productivity and task tracking.

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Slick and accessible UI

Self Discipline Sensei has a user interface that feels like it would fit in a video game. That’s intentional – read the gamification section if you’re not convinced of the benefit of game like systems for productivity. UI style is an element of games that is rarely used in gamification, which typically focuses its attention on points, achievements and leaderboards.

But creating a user interface that looks like it comes from a game is a great way to activate the brain’s sense of play. In Self Discipline Sensei, the UI has been designed with simplicity and functionality in mind. Buttons are large and simple for easy use on mobile devices. Users will be able to log their progress in the app with just a few taps or clicks – freeing up more time for important work.

The animated movement of the UI gives a lifelike feeling to interacting with the UI. As you throw windows around and they respond with accurate physics, it begins to feel like a game even to move between menus in the app.

Simple, accessible and fast is the motto with Self Discipline Sensei – there are no loading screens, no ads and no waste.

Self Discipline Sensei is nothing like other productivity apps that claim to be gamified. You’ll never be forced to waste time in a pointless minigame just to check your todo list. You’ll never have to click through adverts. You’ll never have to make any in app purchases to unlock extra features. Your time is extremely valuable, so we treat it with respect.

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What is Self Discipline Sensei?

Is it an app? Is it course? Is it a mentor?

The answer is all 3

Purchasing Self Discipline Sensei is like paying for access to an exclusive members club. You’ll receive the Self Discipline Sensei app and be entitled to free updates for life. Not only that, you’ll be joining a group of people who have vowed to make their dreams into reality.

As a member of that group, you’ll be able to access exclusive areas of this website. From here you’ll be able to download the Self Discipline Sensei companion eBook, filled with extra information and guidance that was too dense to fit into the app itself. You’ll also get access to money off coupons for buying the app on different platforms and an exclusive members only mailing list.

And for a limited time, anyone who purchases the 1.0 version of Self Discipline Sensei will also receive access to the early adopters program, offering priority support, feature requests and beta test access. See the VIP page to access this exclusive content.

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Some feedback from beta testers

“I wish I had this app whilst studying for my degree – it has really helped to motivate me to get mundane tasks completed.”

– Feedback from a beta tester

Great App! Easy to use and better than all the other todo list apps”

– App store review

“Fantastic! It’s really helped me keep on track with writing my novel and it even sent a notification on the one day I forgot to check it. The reward feature has really increased my pace too. “

– Feedback from a beta tester

“A great app for motivating yourself. It is helping me to manage time and be more proactive and organized. I procrastinate a lot so the self reward scheme really helps to achieve my goals.”

– Feedback from a beta tester

“This app is brilliant, it has really helped me increase my productivity and encourage me to do tasks that I would otherwise procrastinate over. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that struggles to motivate themselves.”

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