Motivation Technique

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I've been working on some things to get me motivated to do what needs to be done throughout the day (not necessarily fitness related), and I think I have found something that's working right now...

I make a to-do list for the day, usually with 5 or 6 things that need to be done (this breaks down the bigger projects into smaller tasks as well) and then I assign each task with a letter. Once I complete all of the tasks with the same letter, I can do something fun. I break things up so that there is one more difficult task for each letter grouping, and then one or more easier tasks. This way I can still do something fun if I don't finish the entire list, but I am also focused on getting projects done so I can do all of my fun activities.

This works especially well since the fun activities are what I usually use as procrastination techniques! For instance, I know that today I can't play the internet game I like until I take out the trash, finish my 4 sets of crunches, clean out the fridge and change the filter in my Pur pitcher. There are other "rewards," such as watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix, for other projects on the list as well.

How do you motivate yourself to finish projects?
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    I really like your idea, I've been needing to vacuum my house again and sweep the kitchen and bathroom floor but keep putting it off. I don't feel like moving furniture, I don't feel like pulling up the rug, etc there's always an excuse. Then I sit and watch Reba or Jeopardy or Steve Harvey or Steve Wilkos and nothing gets done. Thanks for the idea, I may have to try something like that.
    1829 days ago
    Great idea!
    1829 days ago
  • AHSOKA70
    Oh this is a good idea! Because I have plenty of to-do lists that I make each morning, and I just don't complete them! You are so smart!!!
    1829 days ago
    I love to-do lists for the day. Checking things off makes me feel a sense of achievement. I like how you figured in a fun activity. Its almost like a reward. Way to go!
    1829 days ago
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