How to pull oneself out of a book by the bootstraps?
July 9, 2012 2:02 PM Subscribe
How do I drag myself out the door to do the things I want to do?
posted by sibilatorix to human relations (21 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I'm frequently late to classes, dates, meetings, and the like. I am aware that this is harmful to me and disrespectful to others, and would like to change my ways.
After reading some other threads, I will try some tricks: First are the rewards for being early - specifically, treating myself to a nice pastry and piece of fruit when I leave early for class in the morning. (Most people seem to reward themselves with coffee, but it holds no appeal for me.) Second, I'll keep a CD player with some good music on my bike at all times, since that makes the ride to wherever I'm going a little more enticing.
The main problem, though, is dragging myself out of another activity, usually a book or webcomic. I get so engrossed in these distractions that getting up - even to do something I enjoy immensely or visit someone I love - seems like an incredible hassle, and I put it off until I'm horribly late.
I've tried setting alarms to no avail. It's not an issue of estimating how long things take, just motivating myself to switch activities.
What tips and tricks can you suggest for breaking this habit?