My very favorite way to stay on top of clutter or get myself to work on a task I'd rather not is to use a timer. I set it for 15 min. & see how much I can get done during that time. After it goes off, I can either do it again or often do something else for 15 min that is more fun & then repeat again. It works!
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I have a digital kitchen timer that I use to keep track of how many minutes I exercise a day, whatever I am doing. I think that using the timer and watching those minutes adding up motivates me to exercise that few minutes more.
I use a free computer desktop timer called TimeLeft, when I first used it ~year ago I didn't have any personal experience with it so didn't want to recommend it in case it was buggy. But SpyBot & I have had no probs with it, and I like it b/c it is very customizable and very user-friendly. After 15 mins on computer I get up & drink water & get stuff done, then my reward is to get back on when I'm done with whatever task I was doing. www.nestersoft.com/timeleft/timer.shtml
I've used my kitchen timer for years to fool myself into getting started. I set it for one minute, five minutes, etc. and tell myself that I only have to commit myself to whatever it is (exercise, etc.) till the timer rings. I always keep going once I get started! 12
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