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Quick Fix: How To Stay On Track?

trackHow 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. 🙂

19 Comments
  • chika
    June 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    hi arina, i must say you are a very talented writed. you av impacted so much on my life with your daily motivational quotes, they put me in the frame of mind and me to push forward into havin a productive day. and this one is just all i need to get my self back on track.

  • Vonda
    June 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I love this, thanks! I am the QUEEN of procrastination. And while I don’t lie on the couch with a 6 and a 4 year old, I put off things all the time for being tired, worn out, and yes alot of times…lazy!
    I’m going to just have to try this. It seems too easy.
    It feels so good to accomplish something, so why do we put off doing it so much and so easily? Argh!

  • surendra
    June 17, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    “One Small Trick That Works Even If You Feel Especially Lazy” 100% true

  • Mark
    June 17, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Very good website, it is friendly to use…….

  • Mark
    June 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    good

  • Mark
    June 18, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Very good

  • Mike Hobbs
    June 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the great tip! This really works guys…

    Mike hobbs

  • Donald Bradley
    June 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Again, great sound advise to keep ones life simple and adventurous at the same time.

  • Aaron
    June 20, 2009 at 11:00 am

    your right! its not easy, some times i don’t and i don’t want too. but it’s up to our selves to get up and push our selves to do do the things we want to do.

  • Anupama
    June 23, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Its so simple & really motivating. m going to try this today.

  • Leke
    June 23, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Hi Arina, thanks for the tip. I realize I need to do some writing from ideas that come to my mind but, am too lazy. I ‘ll take a queue from your advise and get going.

  • Greg
    June 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    This site has helped me and also the motovational level of my class with the daily quotes. Thanks

  • Helia Pino
    June 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

    sometimes you are so lazy and it is good hearing something to help you

  • yuriko
    June 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Love your posts and articles! Very helpful and inspirational!

  • Prasanna
    June 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Arina
    that was just wonderful qoute with a simple but powerful example which is making me work wonders in achieving my daily tasks.Just a Big thanks to you dear Arina.I would be glad to ask you to teach me something which can help me enhance my mental abilities to achieve a target or rather i would put it as cracking an important exam in my life which in India called as civil services public examination.This exam which is regarded as one of the the most difficult exam but then would request you to teach me something that is real motivational to me and can be of a great help . Thank You Dear Arina
    Regards
    Prasanna

  • AmitKumarSingh
    June 27, 2009 at 6:37 am

    powerful tips.

  • Zoie
    July 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I quit smoking a 2-3 pack a day cigarette habit back in 1979 before the “nicotine patch” in much the same way. I really couldn’t handle having to quit smoking, so I told myself constantly when I quit, “I won’t really quit. I’ll quit just for today, just for right now.” Of course you can’t cheat and smoke either. And it became eaiser and easier as time went on. Eventually each “today and right now” became 30 years. This really works. I’ve never seen anyone else present a tip similar to it. You are right on target with this. Great blog!

    Zoie

  • redroce
    September 25, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Hi, Arina
    You’re GREAT! You really touched each and every human soul, you are an angel to me. Thank to God for leading me to your web. Keep inspired and God Bless.

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