I've just finished a great book titled How To Put More Time In Your Life by Dru Scott, Ph.D. To prevent procrastination, Scott recommends that you identify what motivates you. The key to your motivations can be found, apparently, by making an inventory of unmet childhood needs.
What did you want in childhood that you didn't get enough of? Naturally, I assumed my list would be long. Dru Scott recommends that you imagine yourself at five years old and jot down a few things you wanted more of when you were five. The trick, according to the book, is to figure out how these early unmet needs can be turned into motivation that helps you finish what you need to do NOW.
Huh. I closed my eyes and came up with only one thing: play money. Not monopoly money. Play money. Fake, green, large-size bills to play with. With a silver, plastic, dollar-sign money clip. An image of my mother wheeling me through the grocery store and saying, "No."
Exactly how can I use play money to motivate myself to do the things I don't enjoy? Any ideas? The only thing I can think of are some stacks on my desk, turn myself into a ganster with a toy gun and some big, fake, diamonds.