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Blog: Just Do Itů Finding The Motivation
What's Your Motivation Carrot?

Sometimes we have to literally dangle a carrot right in front of our own noses to get ourselves moving towards a goal -- something tempting, tantalizing, exciting, fun, and well worth the effort.

When I have a dreaded task, such as sorting through the piles that have gathered on the floor by my desk (gasp! piles??! an organizer with piles on the floor?! yep! you heard right - I'm a "piler"), I put a very tasty carrot out in front. A "size large, coconut/banana/pecan/vanilla flavored" carrot.

I tell myself that I get to have a "Tropical" Dairy Queen Blizzard once my piles are finished. Wow! If you've ever tasted a Tropic Blizzard you know how motivating this simple little trick can be!!

Is there something at the store you've been eyeing for some time now? Or is there a special place you've been wanting to go? Ask yourself if there's been something on your radar lately that you would love to treat yourself to.

Have you figured out what this special treat is? Find a picture, such as an ad, or simply write what you wish for prominently on a piece of paper. Put this picture or paper on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, or car dashboard. Be sure it's where you can SEE it.

Now, when it's time for you to whittle away on your organizing project, you'll have an actual visual "carrot" to lead you to your finish line!

What's your favorite "carrot"? I'd love to hear what your motivation trick is!


posted on: 4/7/2008 12:00:00 PM by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

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Just Do Itů Finding The Motivation

by Nancy McGarity

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About Nancy:

I'm a mom, wife, professional organizing consultant and speaker, and a former Early Childhood educator. A personal crisis in my own life took me from perfectionism to total mayhem. I want neither. I'm now all about balance and being realistic about what I and my clients can maintain. My organizing business Real Solutions For Living was started to: 1) let people know they are not alone in their struggle to overcome clutter chaos, 2) to help them reduce their stress, 3) to help them gain back control of their spaces and lives, and 4) to offer realistic, practical, and down to earth solutions. I love what I do!

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Favorite Quote:

  • "Success consists of getting up one more time than you fall."

Favorite Books on Organizing

  • Organizing For the Creative Person
  • Making Peace With The Things In Your Life
  • Buried Treasures
  • Messie No More
  • Conquering Chronic Disorganization
  • Organizing From the Inside Out
  • Clutter's Last Stand

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