|All work and no play...|
Instead, when I schedule times for recovery, relaxation and reward, I am much more likely to work without resentment and burn-out. Paradoxically, by putting pleasure first our work sessions will be more effective, because we can see a light at the end of the tunnel and can pick a more appropriate pace.
Task: Schedule at least 3 hours of leisure time for today.
Info: How you define leisure is a personal choice, but before you start your day, plan on 3 hours of leisure ahead of time. For example, I might schedule an hour-long workout for myself, an hour of television and an hour of fun reading. I would decide on the exact times of the day when these things will happen, and I'll stick to that schedule. When you decide on your leisure times, be sure to anticipate possible conflicts. In order to win today's Daily Mind Game you must engage in your planned leisure activities during the planned times.
Goal: Stick to your "unschedule".
This is a macro version of the DMG "Kudos" except that instead of micro-rewards, we plan on larger more macro-rewards that come after, or during, a day of hard work. For me, when I know I have some fun to look forward too, I work harder and more consistently. The key is to stick to the "unschedule" or else the potential for motivation evaporates!