I love carrots. I like them raw or cooked. And who hasn't heard the saying that "carrots are good for your eyes?" In spite of what many people think, carrots actually are good for your eyes. But I have a different use for carrots. In fact, I have a use for a different kind of carrot. A carrot on a stick. Or, in a word: motivation.
We all have those days when you just don't feel like doing something. No matter how important the task is, you still just can't get motivated enough to start and complete a project. This can quickly turn into a bad habit. So you need a tactic to break through. I get moving when I promise myself something as a reward for completing a particular task. It is like a carrot on a stick. I focus on the reward and that helps me move the task closer to completion.
What you use as a carrot depends entirely on what motivates you and how big, difficult or time consuming a job is. You won't reward yourself with a trip to the Bahamas for cleaning out the attic. I like simple things for everyday chores. I might promise myself a treat at a nice restaurant, or buy myself a new DVD.
When you find yourself staring at a task that you just aren't into, take a deep breath, think of your carrot on a stick and get to it!