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We now interrupt this program to…exercise

January 20, 2009

I’m a die-hard procrastinator. Even when a deadline is looming, I sometimes have a hard time buckling down to write. On days when I just can’t motivate myself to sit down at my computer and work, I’ve developed a mental game to help me get my writing done. I tell myself I can watch TV, but I have to finish one paragraph during every commercial break. By the time the hour is over, I’ll have a whole page done. This technique works equally well with exercise. As soon as an ad comes on, I have to get up from the couch and do 50 jumping jacks or 25 crunches. By the end of the show I’m watching, I’ll have tricked myself into getting in a workout.

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