Alright, 6 days into the new year. How many of you have kept your resolutions so far? Hold in there - here are a few more tips to help you.
7. Gamify Averse Tasks
Making a game or competition out of boring chores can help you get them done quicker. You can compete with yourself or with other people cuz no one likes to lose.
8. Create Accountability
Get a friend to hold you accountable to your goals. You could have it so that everytime you slip up you have to pay them some amount of money. No one wants to waste money, and no one wants to let others down.
Another way of setting up accountability is to find someone who has the same goals as you so you can motivate one another.
9. Two-minute Strategy
If a task takes less than 2 minutes then just do it and get it out of the way.
10. Work in Short Bursts
It is better to have constant repetition than infrequent and lengthy sessions. Working in short bursts helps you to build good habits.
Personally, I have a bad habit of wanting to finish things in one sitting (this partly explains my delay in coming out with part 2 of this take). One time in university I had a 20 page paper due in on a Monday. It was Friday and I had nothing written yet so I glued myself to my desk for the whole weekend to write this paper. The problem is that you often don’t have enough time to be able to do this and it certainly isn’t sustainable.
11. Second Order Decisions
This is when you pre-decide to do something, usually by linking it with other things. Here are some examples:
-eat breakfast right after waking up
-exercise as soon as you get home from work
-watch 15 minutes of motivational videos before going to bed
It’s easier to form new habits when you link them to other habits and routines.
Here's a link to part 1 if you missed it. There is also a part 3 in the works.