Weblog Unclutterer recognises the difficulties in changing long-standing habits, suggesting that the best ways to inspire personal change may be to employ techniques commonly associated with brainwashing. For example:
People are more susceptible to programming when they're exhausted. If you're going to listen to motivational tapes or talk yourself into being self-disciplined enough to do work, you should do it right before bed after a long day of physical and mental activity.
Most of the observations in the post come from a book called How to Work the Competition into the Ground and Have Fun Doing It, and while the idea of using brainwashing techniques on yourself may sound a bit extreme, if it's all about making changes you want, the idea makes sense. If you've ever tried similar techniques, let's hear how they've worked for you in the comments.