What are daily motivational tools
How to use Google Calendar as a visual motivational tool
If I asked you what you used a calendar for how many of you would say " to remember something "and then stop? Probably quite a few of you, because that's what traditionally a calendar was only used for - reminders of birthdays, social events, work shifts, etc.
But since the Internet shot into space, the calendar has undergone a complete transformation, with many features, including synchronization with other platforms. True, we still use them to remember things, but there are so many other uses for a calendar 10 Awesome Google Calendar Features You Should Try 10 Awesome Google Calendar Features You Should Try Read More now that it has gone digital.
The leading candidate in digital calendars is Google Calendar, which is made available for free with any Google account. I recommend you use it because it has so many unique features, like a visual motivational tool. 10 Websites To Help You Stick To Your 2015 Resolutions, If you are like the majority of us and need a little help keeping your New Year's resolutions, these ten websites will help you meet your 2015 goals Read More Here are 8 ideas.
Setting reminders on the calendar can be a pretty powerful motivational tool. Well, I'm not talking about "Nose hair pulled Friday 3pm". Rather, I think about remembering the fantastic things to deal with when you first do something undesirable.
Examples? Well, how about an entry on Saturday or Sunday that says something like " Let me eat a lot of chocolate !! "Then for the previous week, put on each day on the calendar, a very strict diet and exercise regimen. Then every time you feel insecure and look at the cookie jar, just look at the calendar and see the goal of a lot of chocolate on the weekend that you miss yourself if you blow the diet during the week.
Trust Me, The If-Then Motivation Logic How To Use If-Then Logic To Accomplish Your Goals How If-Then Logic Can Help You Meet Your Goals We set new year's resolutions . It's about self improvement. But intent is not enough. To get through you need a plan of action. Read More When I did, I lost almost 2kg that week (and put back a bit on the weekend because of the chocolate). All you have to do is see visually how you get closer and closer to that big treat and suddenly something inside of you is telling you not to blow it.
Or put all your planned vacations and day trips in the calendar. Then have some fun to work towards. If your work or other endeavor feels insurmountable, the upcoming trip to Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion will do wonders on the calendar.
Motivate yourself with Jerry Seinfeld's chain method
I had to see this when my editor suggested it because I'm not that much into Seinfeld. So I had no idea about his "chain method". Now that I know it's a pretty good technique. It relies on psychology and competitiveness, two factors that are good for motivational purposes.
It works like this - you decide what to do. If you did it for that day, put a big red X on that day. If you keep doing this every day, you will begin to form a chain of Xs. The purpose is now not in breaking this chain . You have to keep the streak of habit 4 Simple Motivational Web Apps That Can Get You Into Action In Seconds 4 Simple Motivational Web Apps That Can Get You Into Action In Seconds How to motivate yourself is not taught in schools. It is something that each of us must learn to do on our own ... or take the help of the internet for some pointers. One of the pointers that go ... Read More
How can you do that in Google Calendar?
Well there are two options. First of all, you can print out Google Calendar in the "Month" view and do it with a large felt-tip pen. That would be the old school method. To print the calendar, just go to the top right of the calendar page, select the menu " More "and choose" To press ".
However, if you want to save paper and go completely digital, just create a new event for each day you want to cross out and select "the." all day To make it quicker, turn on the keyboard shortcuts in your calendar settings, and if you want to create a new event, press "C". Add in the field for the event description something like " FINISHED!" "And make sure it has its own unique color.
Using colors to indicate urgency
Since we have just touched on the subject of color, it is worthwhile to delve into this subject briefly. Throughout our lives we have learned that certain colors signify danger or urgency, such as red (the lights at an intersection are a good example of this). The infamous Homeland Security Terror Alert uses color to tell us whether we are safe or not.
You can apply the same principle to your Google Calendar. Set up your own color-coded levels, from "urgent" to "plenty of time, don't worry". Then give each of your tasks their own color depending on their priority. Are you a writer and have a deadline? Maybe you have to mark that as red then. Do you need to hang the picture on the living room wall? That can wait a while. Maybe give that one light yellow or white.
If you can visually see what is urgent and what is not, the colors on your calendar can help you remember what really needs to be done.
Recording weight loss
When you are on a diet, it pays to keep a record of your progress and what better way to do it than on a calendar? Some of the color codes can be applied here - have a specific color for weight gain and a specific color for weight loss. So you can see in no time whether more is happening or more is coming.
Make a new all day event ( press C again on your keyboard) and put your new weight in the event field. Give it the right color and suddenly it is " Holy Fat-Busting, Batman! "
Motivate yourself to do housework
It's something that sucks the energy out of me as soon as I think about it. This makes it easy for me to forget about the dirty dishes in the sink and vacuuming that needs to be done. Meanwhile, the rats make a sandwich and sit down to watch TV. So, adding homework to your calendar can be a real reminder to get it done.
Melanie Pinola from Lifehacker made a really nice housework add-on for Google Calendar. Just scroll down part of the page to get the iCal, XML and HTML plugins. If you click on the corresponding link, the calendar will automatically be filled with the tasks. However, you need to customize it according to your needs.
When you are a writer, plan your content
If you are a serious writer you will know that every day writing is a must if you are to develop any type of work ethic. Additionally, if you're a freelance writer, the number one rule is "time is money," so it pays to plan what tasks you will be doing and when. These are two great reasons why you should definitely use Google Calendar to plan your content.
By clearly putting your work week on your calendar, you will get more motivated. First, you can color-code the tasks according to urgency, and second, it gives your week a sense of organization, seeing everything nicely and neatly laid out.
You can see at a glance when you have free time so you can whip the rights to your next book at movie studios.
Use the Google Calendar wallpaper as a motivational theme
I'm not a huge fan of this one because I find the wallpapers make the calendar difficult to read. However, I can see how it would motivate some people to get a task done, so I would be remiss not to mention it.
First you need to activate the option in the "Labs" section of Google Calendar and after saving, go to the "General" section of your settings. Scroll all the way down and you will now see an option to upload your picture. Save and you will now see your new calendar.
Here is the calendar with my dog in the background. Now when I'm at work and I wonder why I'm upset, I can see him on the calendar and think, "Put a roof over this adorable animal's head and feed him".
Motivational quotes about IFTTT
Are you the type of person who is motivated and inspired by quotes like " Eagles may soar, but weasels are not sucked into jet engines " ? Then use Google Calendar to give yourself a daily dose of "quote" (you just said that).
To do this, you can turn to the friendly IFTTT machine (If This, That That). We saw how you can combine IFTTT with Google Calendar 9. IFTTT Hacks to Outperform your Life with Google Calendar 9 IFTTT Hacks to Superpower Your Life with Google Calendar Your calendar is a big part of your productivity, and proper management can make a real difference. With the right IFTTT recipes, you can pick up your Google Calendar and ... Read more. For motivational quotes, you can use the IFTTT motivational quote recipe, and if necessary, you can change the Offers website in the RSS feed section. Or this recipe that uses quotes from Goodreads. Or if you can't manage all of that, create your own IFTTT recipe.
Don't forget that you can create and share multiple Google calendars for specific areas of your life. Using Imported Information in Calendars Awesome Things to Import into Google Calendar Automatically Great Things to Import into Google Calendar Automatically A calendar keeps every aspect of your life together in one place so you can worry less and achieve more . Here are some useful ways to get important information into your Google Calendar. Read More
How does Google Calendar help you every day?
There are so many other uses for Google Calendar that we couldn't possibly fit into one article. So I'm going to hand it over to you now. Do you know of any other visually motivational method that Google Calendar could do for you? Please let us know in the comments what you think and if you've tried the suggestions above.
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