How many times have you started a new project and never finished it? How many new improvements in your life were you going to make, but never had enough willpower to stick to it? How many of us have exercise machines in our houses that are just standing there and collecting dust?
Starting something new is always very exciting, but after a couple of days when a project stops being new, the excitement slowly fades. As a result we move on to a new goal, never finishing what we’ve already started. This pattern of behavior slowly transforms itself into a habit. And we all know how hard it is to break a habit, especially when your willpower is not strong enough.
Today I’ll share with you one trick that has proven to be especially effective, because it doesn’t require you to have a steel willpower.
One Small Trick That Works Even If You Feel Especially Lazy
Let me tell you one more trick you can use when you feel especially lazy. For example, you’ve decided to go jogging today, but when the time has come, you really don’t feel like getting up from the couch and doing any form of exercise. I feel like that quite often. :)In this case you should tell yourself: “I am not going to jog today. I will just get up and put my jogging shoes on”.
It is a lot easier on your willpower to do a little, easy task, than a big one. In the most cases by the time you get up from the couch, put your shoes on, and get distracted from the TV show you were watching, you will probably decide to go jogging after all. Just make yourself do the tiniest piece of the task. Like reading just one page from the textbook, or do just one set of ab-exercises, something that would take you only a couple of minutes. The funny thing is, once you start doing it you’ll most likely finish it all. 🙂
- Why You’re Not Doing The Things You Said You Wanted To, Part 1 (rockyourday.com)
- Study Hacks ” Blog Archive ” The Science of Procrastination: Researchers Tackle Willpower and our Ability to Control it (calnewport.com)
- Five Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Willpower (dumblittleman.com)
- How To Keep Motivated To Exercise: 5 Really Useful Tips (stepbysteptips.com)
- Top 10 Reasons You Should Stop Watching TV (celestinechua.com)