Ways to Motivate Yourself

KristenAnne By KristenAnne, 16th Dec 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/hf4ccryr/
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Tricks I use to motivate myself when I am procrastinating.

Ways to Motivate Yourself

It is often difficult to motivate ourselves to do things that are difficult or unpleasant and sometimes we think more about how uncomfortable it will be then how long it would actually take to just suck it up and get it done with. So what are a few simple tricks to motivate yourself?

Picture the End Result

Picture the end result - Don't picture the effort it will take to complete the task but instead picture how it will feel once you have completed, there will no longer be that feeling of being weighed down. For instance I absolutely loathe doing the dishes it is by far my least favourite chore so I picture the end result - a clean and spotless kitchen. Music also makes the tasks go by quicker. Some tasks make us feel uncomfortable like making a phone call that makes us feel awkward instead of dreading it we just need to get it over with so that we can enjoy the rest of our day.

"Reversal of Desire"

In the self help book entitled The Tools the authors Phil Stutz and Barry Michels describe that you need to look forward to the pain in order to emerge on the other side, they call it the "Reversal of Desire" I am not saying you need to be masochistic or enjoy pain but rather enjoy the outcome. They describe that the athlete who outperforms all the rest is the one who doesn't hold anything back. The reversal of desire " “reverses” the normal desire to avoid pain into the desire to move right into it " creating a 'forward motion'

Set a Time Limit

I also find it helpful when I don't want to clean the house but should to set myself a time limit of 5 or 10 minutes and try to clean as much as I can in the time frame. I imagine that my mother in law or my friend who's house is always spotless in coming in a few minutes and often I keep cleaning a little longer because I get some momentum going.

What do you do to motivate yourself?

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I'm a mother of one gorgeous baby girl I like to call Boo and also help my husband run a home improvements business. I like to write about business and saving money and the humour of everyday life.

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19th Dec 2012 (#)

Good advice well done its always helpful to be reminded of such things

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