I often try to establish a time by which I will have a reward of some kind based on what I am currently working on. This can take all kind of forms. Some examples:
• At 4pm I will take a break to make some herbal tea
• After I've gotten through the unread emails in my inbox, I will work on a slow-burn project that is energizing to me
• Once I finish this panel I will eat a pack of smarties
• Once I have finished this page, I will be done for the night and will watch a movie that transports me to a peaceful place
• Once I’ve finished all my meetings for the day, I will go for a walk around the neighborhood
• Once I’ve finished writing out this briefing, I will listen to an audio book while I cook a meal
Attaching an exciting or energizing habit to a practice you are not excited to do can create a symbiotic relationship between the two: the one you don’t enjoy gets the attention it deserves, and the one that you enjoy is savored even more because of the sense of accomplishment preceding it.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Mansfield, MA.