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This is a brilliant question and one that nearly everyone puts up to one at one stage of life or the other. It may appear that that your work needs to have a higher purpose than what it currently serves. You mention that it's generating acceptable income for you to sustain but you lose the energy (read motivation) occasionally. The cue that you mention is ...


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It was an accident. Simple. It could have been a lot worse. If you'd worked there you might have lost your job. Now that you have to pay for it all to be fixed, you could think of it like you own a little piece of the gym now because you're helping rebuild.


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Actually, this can be simple. Every action or task you have to do should be linked to something higher, a purpose, a long-term goal, an area of responsibility, etc. So if you have to do a boring or tough task you don't feel like, you need to stop thinking of the task itself and start thinking of the purpose it serves. Something like "This is not my favorite ...


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Some hopefully helpful tips: Ask yourself regularly (e.g. everytime you start a new exercise/chapter/work etc) these questions: What do I want to do now and why should I do it rather than some other thing ? Why am I not inclined to do it (or why would it be a bad idea to do it) and what can I do about it ? What will be the (short-term and long-term) ...


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Firstly make sure that the place where you do your work is comfortable and that you can minimize distractions. Not only can distractions prevent you from focusing in the first place but they can also cause interruptions in your flow once you've got going. To do this you can do things like turning off your phone, putting a do not disturb sign on your door, ...


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I would suggest that the feeling of tiredness, even if you have slept, and wanting the work to end, are symptoms of a form of anxiety. If you google "mindfulness", you may find some helpful suggestions as to how to deal with this.


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I think it's a mistake to use a regular chain in situations where you will have no choice but to break it, it will only discourage you. Instead, adapt the chain system to something that is still simple but suits your situation. If you honestly have days when you can not study, the chain only applies for days where you can. This depends on absolute certainty ...


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I agree that don't-break-the-chain (sometimes called the Seinfeld hack) can be very powerful, but only once you have a long chain to not break. So there's a catch-22 until then. And even with a chain built up you're always in a precarious situation where one bad day can precipitate many more bad days, where you fall down a slippery slope of "one more day ...


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When I started using a similar system I ran into the same issue with motivating myself when things were not staying on course. My solution was to change how I assessed things from a dont-break-the-chain approach to a percentage based system and adding additional life objectives. Using a spreadsheet, each day I'd track what objectives were achieved and ...


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First of all, make sure that you visualise your chain. I have found that such a visualistion motivates me personally immensely. Secondly, you should leave room for failure that is not in your hands. If war breaks out, you shouldn't be demotivated by breaking your streak. If you only need to study 1 hour a day, which is less than one eighteenth of your day, ...



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