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» Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump

» Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump
By Leo Babauta Even the most motivated of us — you, me, Tony Robbins — can feel unmotivated at times. In fact, sometimes we get into such a slump that even thinking about making positive changes seems too difficult. But it’s not hopeless: with some small steps, baby ones in fact, you can get started down the road to positive change. Yes, I know, it seems impossible at times. This post was inspired by reader Roy C. “I was wondering if you could do a piece on why it can be hard for someone to change direction and start taking control of their life. Roy is just one of many with a slump like that. When I fall out of exercise, due to illness or injury or disruption from things going on in my life, it’s hard to get started again. One Goal. Related:  Procrastination/Motivation

Recovered focus booster - what is the pomodoro technique?; try t The pomodoro technique is a time management technique which was created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980's. This method of time management allows you to work with time (by way of a tomato pomodoro timer), using time to your advantage to stay fresh, remove distractions and create a better work life balance. The pomodoro technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as ‘pomodoros’ or ‘pomodoro sessions’). How do you implement the pomodoro technique? Here are the five basic steps to implementing pomodoro time management; - decide on the focus task.- set the pomodoro timer to 25 minutes.- work on the task until the timer rings.- take a short break (5 minutes), keep note of the number of session you complete.- every 4 sessions take a longer break, perhaps 15 or 20 minutes. Benefits of a digital pomodoro timer A digital pomodoro timer, such as focus booster, is a convenient tool which simplifies the pomodoro technique.

How To Motivate Yourself – Self Motivation Staying motivated is a struggle — our drive is constantly assaulted by negative thoughts and anxiety about the future. Everyone faces doubt and depression. What separates the highly successful is the ability to keep moving forward. There is no simple solution for a lack of motivation. Even after beating it, the problem reappears at the first sign of failure. The key is understanding your thoughts and how they drive your emotions. Reasons We Lose Motivation There are 3 primary reasons we lose motivation. Lack of confidence – If you don’t believe you can succeed, what’s the point in trying? How to Boost Confidence The first motivation killer is a lack of confidence. The way to get out of this thought pattern is to focus on gratitude. It might sound strange that repeating things you already know can improve your mindset, but it’s amazingly effective. Developing Tangible Focus The second motivation killer is a lack of focus. Developing Direction

Set Yourself on Fire Have you heard of a guy called Fred Shero? No? Until recently, me neither. I’m not a big sports fan and Fred was a hugely successful Canadian NHL player and coach with a string of many hundreds of wins and numerous awards and accolades to his name. What I love Fred for is something that he once said: “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. Reading that sent lightning bolts through my spine, as there have been many times in my life when I’ve been sitting back, subconsciously waiting for the world to bring me the success I thought I wanted. I have to catch myself when I slip into that way of thinking before it sets in, because Fred’s absolutely right. People all too often wait for success to happen to them. Of course, the big thing I’ve come to learn is that it doesn’t work that way. Here are 4 things for you to think about: 1. What comprises success? 2. Picture yourself towards the end of your life as happy and content as you can be. 3. 4. You don’t have to struggle…

» How to Start ‘There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.’ ~Buddha Post written by Leo Babauta. How do you start something new? Whether it’s beginning an exercise program, getting going with a task you want to complete, or creating a new business or product from scratch — how do you get started? It’s one of the most intimidating things. Procrastination is putting off the start. How I Started When I started Zen Habits, I had no idea how to start. I couldn’t do all that — I had a job (two actually) and a family with six kids. That was incredibly easy, and I felt great. Then I did one more thing: I did a short post reflecting on some things I’d been doing. This was my start. Start a Task If you read my Un-Procrastination ebook, you know how easy it was to read. But then someone said, “It’s easier to read the book than implement it!” Too true. How do you start on a task when you’re procrastinating because it’s too hard? First, pick a task. Start a Habit

Motivate Thyself | Just another WordPress site The 10 Top Productivity Blogs A blog worth reading is one that offers consistently original content and is more concerned with having great posts than fulfilling a certain quota of posts. The following ten blogs offer something unique and can help improve your life. 1. Motivate Thy Self – Eric Hamm is a serial entrepreneur, and also the creator of Frugal Theme . He’s down to earth, and his posts are filled with valuable nuggets of wisdom. He writes, “I’m dedicated to making the most out of each and every day of my life and I am passionate about helping others do the same.” His blog exudes a sincere desire to help those who read it. 2. 3. You’ll find loads of helpful information on this site to help you get your finances in order. 4. mnmalist – Where Zenhabits focuses on a wide range of subjects, Leo’s other blog focuses pretty much exclusively on minimalism. One of the great features of this blog is that most posts are very concise, yet filled with value. 5. I’ve found some excellent advice on this blog. 6. 8. 9. 10.

7 Tricks To Spice Up Your To-Do List | LessonInLife.com Summary – To-Do List equals Prioritize & Results I’m sure everyone can agree that one of the best tools for productivity is the To-Do list. All productivity gurus recommend it. In fact, it is considered as the foundation of productivity by some. Generally, a To-Do list is a system in which you will list down all the tasks needed to be done. Once a task is completed, it will be written off from the list. It’s as simple as that. However do you know that To-Do list can be further improved to maximize productivity? 1) Write this sentence at the top of your To-Do list “It is never about how many left, it is about how many accomplished” How many times have you been so happy that you have completed a lot of the tasks listed, but by the time you are about to celebrate, another set of tasks occupy the list. That is why it is always better to focus on the number of tasks completed instead of number of tasks left on the list. 2) Keep a record (The Done List) This tip is actually one of my favorites.

The Now Habit In this post, I present a mind map with the full summary of the book The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play. Despite a cover that reminds me of the “remarkable” Windows 3.1 ‘Hot Dog Stand’ color scheme, I don’t have much to say about The Now Habit other than it’s one of the most useful books I’ve ever read. Since its publication back in 1988, it has become well-known among chronic procrastinators looking for ways to overcome this crippling condition, and for very good reasons. The Procrastination Habit As the title of the book suggests, procrastination is a habit — it’s not caused by lack of organization or lack of time management skills. If you’re looking for time management tools as a way to overcome procrastination, I suspect you may be getting yourself just another set of toys to play while you procrastinate. Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of Getting Things Done and other time management methods — they really work for me today.

The Little Book of Procrastination Remedies | zen habits Post written by Leo Babauta. Procrastination is one of those topics that, it seems, I can’t write enough about. There isn’t a person among us who doesn’t procrastinate, and that’s a fact of life. It’s deep within us. If our current self can’t beat procrastination, why will our future self do it? I thought I should cover some of the best procrastination-beating strategies, in light of my recent book, focus. Here’s a quick guide. Why We Procrastinate Let’s take a quick look at what makes us procrastinate. 1. 2. 3. 4. Four Powerful Solutions Now that we know the problems, the solutions aren’t that hard to figure out. 1. 2. 3. 4. A Different Mindset Three other things that must be said about procrastination: 1. 2. 3. —Read more about focus and getting great things done in Leo’s book, focus.

29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I?m Trying to Avoid Real Work You don’t always have to work hard to be productive. Productivity can simply be the side effect of doing the right things. So here’s a list of 29 semi-productive things I do online when my mind is set on avoiding ‘real work.’ Check delicious popular tags like ‘useful,’ ‘tutorials,’ ‘tips,’ ‘howto,’ ‘advice,’ ‘entrepreneurship,’ etc. for interesting, educational articles to read.Watch one of the thousands of educational videos streaming at TED.com, Academic Earth and Teacher Tube.Read an online book list and find a new book to grab next time I’m at the library. Oh, and ever since I bought my new (super sexy) Apple iPad , I’ve been enjoying all of these sites on the go and catching looks from almost everyone who passes me while I browse. So what kind of semi-productive things do you do online in your off-time? Photo by: Colorblind Picaso Party Casino Related 30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less April 19, 2012 In "Happiness" 30 Ways to Save 30 Minutes a Day October 4, 2010

tips and downloads for getting things done @Blueluck: Very true - I've seen other countries where people leave their family in another country to go find work, and then to manual labor for extremely cheap just to be able to send it all home to their family. I guess that could be interpreted as their purpose, but the work is not purposeful in and of itself. I guess "pay enough to take money off the table" covers that, so we're only talking about how to motivate people after they're at the comfortable level most Americans that read this blog are at. Interesting results in India, though. I believe there is a threshold that once you're paid a certain amount, you feel on top of things like you deserve it, so you don't work hard to move up further. If you take money completely off the table, or put the carrot completely away, there's not much to work for anymore. I think that's one reason government employees aren't known for super service. @Blueluck: Its completely subjective, is the answer.

11 Ways to Cure Someday Syndrome | zen habits Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alex Fayle of the Someday Syndrome blog. Someday Syndrome: not doing what you want to because you don’t know what it is, because you’re procrastinating about it, or because you have too much stuff getting in your way. Everyone suffers from Someday Syndrome at some point in their lives, often catching it repeatedly. For me, most recently, I’d been saying that I really should give running a try without doing anything about it. You probably have something similar going on in your life – a project, a task, a goal – that you just haven’t got around to doing yet. I could quote Nike and say: Just Do It, but if it were that simple Someday Syndrome wouldn’t exist. I decided that here had to be an easier way than waiting for pain to push me into getting over myself and getting on with my goals. 1. Maybe you’re not doing something because in reality, it doesn’t fit with who you are. 2. 3. 4. I have a goal of running 20K next November. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

» Top 20 Motivation Hacks – An Overview By Leo Babauta This article is a list of tips and tricks that, if used in combination, are a nearly sure way to achieve your goals. Achieving goals is not a matter of having “discipline”. It’s a matter of motivating yourself, and keeping your focus on your goal. Follow these tips, or any combination of them that works for you, and you should have the motivation and focus you need. Here they are: 1. Now, you will have some bad marks on your chart. 2. Well, a great motivator that I’ve learned is that when you have so much energy at the beginning of a program, and want to go all out — HOLD BACK. 3. Each time I joined a forum, it helped keep me on track. 4. Find a magazine photo or a picture online and post it somewhere where you can see it not only daily, but hourly if possible. 5. 6. I have a rule (not an original one) that I just have to put on my running shoes and close the door behind me. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

How To Get Guaranteed Results and Why You Dont ShipBen's Blog Getting guaranteed results in just about anything can be very easy… Never hit “publish” on the blog post you’re unsure of. Never launch your start-up. Never finish writing a book. Never read another book after school. Never create anything. Never put 100% into anything. Never do anything without permission. Never take initiative. Never do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Never take full responsibility so you have an alibi. Never stop dreaming that your big break is around the corner when you haven’t taken a single step toward that goal today. Never have a goal. Never ship. The results are guaranteed – nothing. Most people prefer doing nothing. I had a open-ended temp job where I did data entry for 9 months! Why Don’t You Ship? This: I spent around one or two years writing a book. and Granted, there are only 2 negative reviews and 39 positive reviews on Amazon right now, but this is what stops people from shipping. It’s very likely that some people won’t enjoy your work. The alternative?

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