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August 9, 2010 6:35 PM Subscribe
How can I train myself to do [anything] every day? Help me to re-calibrate my routine-resistant brain.
posted by Alabaster to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 98 users marked this as a favorite
I've been successful in life (career, family, etc.) despite my inability to keep a routine for anything.
I've coasted successfully through high school, college, grad school, and the beginnings of a career on intelligence, talent, and the very occasional spurt of miracle-working nose-to-the-grindstone effort.
This approach has taken me as far as it's going to take me. Real success and mastery--at least the kind I strive for--takes diligent, daily effort.
My brain does not seem to be wired for diligent, daily effort. In 30+ years I have never been able to keep to a routine for anything. I don't even brush my teeth every day.
I've tried plenty of productivity/time-management books and systems, to-do-list software and reminder systems, checklists, incentives and consequences, ADHD medications (prescribed), accountability to myself and others, and sheer force of will, but no system has managed keep me on a regular routine (even for things I love and want to do). I'm aware that "just do it" is the answer but it's eluded my best efforts for my whole life.
I'm not really looking for more books to read or systems to try. I'm looking for advice from like-minded people who have managed to overcome (or partially overcome) a similar routine-resistance. Any thoughts?