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Treat yourself, but do the work first.
You could also read that as ‘trick yourself’. 🤣 Because that is sometimes what you need to do.
Last week one of my students referred to her ‘inner rebel’ and that made me laugh. She says it’s not a critical voice in her head, but a rebellious one. It just does not want to do what she wants to do.
I think a bit of bribery might bring the rebel around. In his book, Atomic Habits, James Clear mentions the idea of ‘Temptation Bundling’. It works by linking an action you want to do with an action you need to do.
Let’s say you have a show that you want to watch. Make a bargain with yourself: 30 minutes (or 300 words) of writing = 30 minutes of show. You do have to do your part though, but this way you get the best of both.
I love podcasts, so I made a rule that I am only allowed to listen to a podcast while I take my walk. That way I get my exercise done and I get to listen to my podcast without losing work time.
The key is to find activities that you enjoy and that will make you more likely to do the thing you need to do. It’s also important to be realistic about what you can commit to. If you try to bundle too many things together, you’re more likely to give up.
Good luck, writer.
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