I am struggling with the same issue myself, so I don't have all the answers, but I'll share a bit and hopefully that helps. At the very least you know that you're not alone :)I find a strategy that sometimes works is to convert treats into rewards. For example, there is this place I like to eat at and I end up eating there semi-regularly. I have been trying to make healthy new habits (eg. study minimum 30 minutes a day, brush teeth regularly), small and achievable things that are steps towards bigger goals. I tell myself that if I do each of these things every day for 1 week, then I can go get a meal at my favorite place. Or it can be a chapter of your favorite book or playing a game or whatever you like, but something that you want to do. If you don't follow the steps of what you need to do, then you don't get the treat.Another thing that has helped me is to think about what I really want in life. I was told I was confusing long-term wants and short-term wants. Sure, watching another episode of TV is more fun and that's what I want in the short-term, but when I look back on my life (and even the next day, when I'm stuck with more work) will I rather I had watched that episode or written a couple paragraphs on my essay? Think about the long-term. Those bigger things that you want (eg. doing well in school, etc) are more important than the little things that you want that are preventing you from doing those everyday tasks.Those are a few tactics that worked for me. I wish you the best of luck!
Like Threadfall said, rewards can be a good way to motivate yourself. But if you have trouble with self-discipline (as most of us do when it comes to things we don't want to do), then maybe get someone else to help keep you on track. You could ask them to check up on you, or let them regulate your rewards, etc.Other motivators could include fear of the consequences of not completing a task, pressure/deadlines, or the one I use: finding something or someone you think about when the going gets tough, love is a powerful motivator.
Hi. my answer is similar to whats already been posted. I have exams coming up, and am struggling to motivate myself. I find that by revising for half an hour then eating a piece of chocolate or watching 10 mins of tv show helps. message me if you need any more help.