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Self discipline & motivation – its all in my head, right?

By Guest Author On January 17, 2010 Under Self Help Tips

How do you keep yourself moving, plugging along, motivated, or focused?

Sometimes we all feel a little lazy, and taking some downtime is important, but I would like some ideas from other people about how to stay on track…

It doesn’t matter what your goal is, how do you keep reaching for it?

I try not to think of everything all at once, I try to break my work and my goals up into manageable chunks and work on them individually.

Then, later, I can look back at my progress and say, "Wow, I managed to somehow pull that off, woohoo!"

Of course, it helps to make your goal pretty clear from the beginning, and to be disciplined enough to not deviate from it, change it unless it really warrants being changed, and avoid procrastinating about getting the "baby steps" done towards that goal.

Pharmaceutically, for increasing focus you could try adderall, apparently students use it these days to enhance mental focus. But if you don’t want to mess with your brain in that regard, depending on the goal you’re working towards and the type of work it involves, you could try setting up a separate workspace devoted to working on that goal, and use it whenever you devote time towards working on it.

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8 comments - add yours
LeoL

January 18, 2010

Sometimes I need a kick up the b***.
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The Real H.T.C.

January 18, 2010

B.I.B.L.E. = Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
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Atherfool

January 18, 2010

Start by getting off the couch and putting away the video games.
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Master ?, Monkey Funster

January 18, 2010

I try not to think of everything all at once, I try to break my work and my goals up into manageable chunks and work on them individually.

Then, later, I can look back at my progress and say, "Wow, I managed to somehow pull that off, woohoo!"

Of course, it helps to make your goal pretty clear from the beginning, and to be disciplined enough to not deviate from it, change it unless it really warrants being changed, and avoid procrastinating about getting the "baby steps" done towards that goal.

Pharmaceutically, for increasing focus you could try adderall, apparently students use it these days to enhance mental focus. But if you don’t want to mess with your brain in that regard, depending on the goal you’re working towards and the type of work it involves, you could try setting up a separate workspace devoted to working on that goal, and use it whenever you devote time towards working on it.
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Freen

January 18, 2010

Determination. If you are determined, nothing and nobody can stop you. You need to have that drive which will keep you going.. no matter what!
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fuzzytop

January 18, 2010

A few years ago when getting Old Age kicked in I went to doctor. I was a little overweight and blood pressure was climbing. He suggest walking every day with a companion. The advice is also good in your situation. Find someone to be your companion and do things together. Walking with my woman helps in so many ways. Helps my physical body and my mental health as well. And helps her health as well. The doctor was 100 percent right. Have a companion to go with you and motivation will be more rewarding. I wish you well !
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Cory

January 18, 2010

Forcing myself to close YA & get back to work…its hard, but if I don’t I know I will get fired…
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C Boy

January 18, 2010

Yeah, Dog, its all in your head. Just force yourself to do "it" when you don’t feel like it.

Rewards can be nice too. If I push myself hard to say, clean the garage Saturday & get it done earlier then expected, I’ll take the rest of the weekend off to go fishing.
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