If you haven’t read any articles from Zen Habits then you are in for a treat. This is a fairly new article and what a great place to start off with from this great blog. Getting motivated to do things we don’t really want to do is difficult. One thing I really liked about this particular list of tips is that it includes both ways of changing your thinking and actual practical tips in order to do things you aren’t very excited about doing. Tip 7 is a specific habit you can create, while tip 1 is about changing your thinking towards the thing that you need to do.
1. Meditate on why you need to do this. Instead of giving in to distraction, sit there for a minute. Why do you need to do this task you don’t want to do? Sure, because it’s on your todo list, or because someone else wants you to do it. Or you’re getting paid for it, or someone’s got to do it. But why? What will this task help accomplish?
7. Do a little, then get up. If you have to write something, just write a sentence. Then get up, get some water, stretch. Pat yourself on the back for getting started! Now do a little more: write a few more sentences. Get up, take a mental break (don’t go to another website), do a few pushups. Go back, do a bit more. Pretty soon, you’re in the flow of it.
10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do (Zen Habits)