I'm 22 years old, and it's my third year in university. I have finally started using a calendar, and it's rocking my world. I know what you think. I, too, used to think that Microsoft Excel, my smart phone and my computer were the only things I would need to help me reach my goals.Wrong. Acquire a physical calendar today, and write down everything you must do. Open it every morning, and see what's ahead. This way, you will never forget anything, you will be more motivated, and planning things ahead becomes very easy. It really is that simple!
Picture this: you get up at a good time to study (btw, good way to do this is to have a compulsory reason:sign up for a 2 hrs job in the early morning) , you are dressed in a slacker's pijamas, wearing comfy socks. Then you start checking your phone.... OR: you are dressed with a nice shirt, good shoes and a tie. Slacking in the second outfit, even if home alone, gives you a "feel like an idiot" factor that can really boost your productivity. Not exactly on this application of the concept but there are studies about how oneself self-takes more seriously if good dressed.
Its helped me; hopefully it can help someone else.
When faced with a hard task we are often counseled by two opposing inner voices--The angel's voice telling you to do the hard work and the devil's voice telling you to procrastinate.Recently I've started to visualize these voices. For the angel's message, I picture it coming from someone I really admire, someone I always looked up to.For the devil's voice, I picture it coming from a person I really despise (a personal rival I really hate).So every time my devil's voice is telling me to slack, I picture that advice coming from my personal rival. And of course I'm not going to trust that guy! He's just trying to sabotage my life so he can get ahead!Does anyone else try to picture their inner voices?
One day, I had a lot of stuff to do, thinking I wouldn't get it done at all. I wrote everything down to make sure I didn't make anything. Then, as I accomplished each thing, I crossed it off. But I kept that completed "To-Do" list, and taped it up in front of my computer (where I keep current "To-Do" lists) so that I always see it.It inspires me, knowing that I can get things done, even when it seems hard.Like I said, just a tip for self-post month!
When it comes to building a new habit and staying motivated to follow through on a new goal or commitment, the idea of social support is pretty common. You’ll often hear the advice to get an “accountability buddy” or something similar. While the idea of recruiting positive social support to stay motivated is a good idea in principle, most people make two big mistakes:
The Seinfeld Strategy is a simple but powerful way to stay motivated, especially when it comes to first developing a new habit. The strategy comes from some advice comedian Jerry Seinfeld gave someone once about how to stay motivated and consistent in your work.
He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days, you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.” “Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.
So the strategy itself is simple:
If your goals are good ones, you probably have more motivation than you realize. The trouble is, you may be wasting huge chunks of it. And one of the biggest culprits behind wasted motivation is our own self-talk. Self-talk refers to our habits of talking to ourselves, both what we say to ourselves in our own head and how we say it. If your habitual, automatic self-talk tends to be negative, harsh, and judgmental, it’s going to produce a lot of difficult emotion like guilt, anxiety, frustration, and sadness, all of which sap you of your natural motivation to reach your goals. This means that one of the best, if counterintuitive, ways to stay motivated is to stop robbing yourself of motivation with overly negative self-talk. And instead, create a new habit of gentle self-talk. Here are some examples:
For a long time, I was skeptical of the idea of using visualization as a technique for improving performance and motivation. It always seemed a little hokey and woo-woo to me, like something you’d read in a cheap self-help book or hear from a scammy motivational speaker. But the truth is, visualization is a very straightforward practice that can powerfully boost motivation. And it has nothing to do with channeling cosmic energies, manifesting your inner purpose, or any other nonsense like that. Instead, it works on a simple principle of motivation that says the more specific, concrete, and available our mental representation of a goal and its benefits are, the more we’ll feel motivated to achieve it. For example, consider two scenarios for staying motivated to achieve a goal of losing weight:
Positive reinforcement is a fundamental principle of human behavior that says a behavior is more likely to happen (and continue to happen) when it’s followed by something enjoyable or rewarding: