Being motivated isn’t something that always comes naturally, but many of us respond positively to mandatory obligations. Turn that to your advantage by creating a one-day, binding agreement with yourself.
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As business blog Entrepreneur explains, day-to-day productivity can drop off if your work isn't tied directly to your performance that day. If you're salaried, or just don't have someone breathing down your neck to stay busy, you can slack off or get distracted. A one-day agreement with yourself to stay productive gives you a tangible set of requirements you must accomplish:
The whole purpose of the one-day contract is to add value to your life every minute of every day. Even though I don't call it the one-day contract, I have been incorporating something similar into my own life for the past five years with the same concept in mind.
The benefit has been substantial. The binding agreement I have with myself is geared towards helping me to think about maximizing my potential and life just for today. When you truly begin to focus all of your energy, effort and focus into making this very day a masterpiece, the results will completely blow you away.
The advantage of a one-day self-contract is that its renewal is completely up to you. While not missing a day is a great way to build habits, you can change your agreement to match each day. If you're so inclined, you can even add a consequence for breach of contract. Fail to get done what you planned to do? Pay a $10 fee to your savings fund. Or simply use the promise the past version of you made as motivation to keep your word.