I've pin-pointed a number of activities that would positively improve my life, but am having trouble implementing them because I seem to either have no self control or willpower or am impressively lazy and good at procrastination. Help me gain some?
I'm becoming increasingly convinced I am the single laziest person on the planet. I have a number of "good" habits I'd like to implement: eating healthier, exercising on a semi-daily basis, creating things (I'm big into design and photography), writing... but I just can't force myself to do them.
(For a little context: This question has become particularly pertinent because I'm trying to quit smoking because I hate it. I've set a date — my return to the States in two weeks after several months abroad — and am tapering down until then. I'm just becoming increasingly scared, given my inability to control anything else in my life, that I'll fall back into the habit even removed from the circumstances under which I started smoking. I put this in a small font because, while stop-smoking tips will be welcome, this really is a problem in every area of my life and I'd appreciate more general help.)
I'm not an unhealthy person (besides that little factoid above): I'm within an acceptable weight range and a vegetarian who eats (I think) a pretty wide range of healthy meals and who enjoys cooking. I just don't know how to not
go buy a chocolate at the store, or how to not
eat those chips sitting on the counter even though I just ate a substantial lunch. Nor can I force myself to get up and go to the gym, or go for a run; once I've established a daily exercise habit, I can usually keep that up for weeks (or, in one glorious example, months) — but once I fall off the wagon, I'm off the damn wagon for a long
This goes for creative pursuits as well: I love drawing / photography / design / writing, but once I fall into a creative "rut" of sorts, I'll just quit. I just don't have the desire to open Illustrator or even a notepad. I literally cannot make myself do it. I'll just spend my days in stasis watching television shows online or mindlessly surfing the internet. I hate it, but I just can't make myself do anything else.
I've tried using tools like Joe's Goals
to track good habits, but it doesn't work: as soon as I see a long stretch of failures I get too sad and stop using it. I realize you can't change everything at once, but even if I focus on one goal at a time I still fail.
I realize I've rambled quite a bit here so I'll try to summarise my question: How do I fight incredible procrastination and laziness and force myself to adopt simple, healthy lifestyle habits and work on the creative activities I enjoy? Can lack of will power / overwhelming laziness actually be overcome? I'm not looking to lose weight or implement massive
change, but rather adopt simple healthy-person habits. Any tips? Books/tips/techniques/anything will be welcomed.