an Admitted Time Waster
Every day I contend with my natural
inclination to "goof off."
I I love to learn plus I love
to read so you can imagine what
a distraction the Internet can
be for me. Hence, I rely on a
daily program of goal setting,
reviewing my goals, and using
EFT and NLP techniques to keep
myself focused and follow-through.
I also use an incredible tool
for keeping myself on task called
the MotivAider (more on the MotivAider
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for several years. The latest
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My other software
for weight loss picks are
listed here as well. I love software
- I'd spend all day doing nothing
but installing and playing with
new software if I coud get away
with it - I'm always testing everything
new that comes along, so if you
hear of a program you'd like me
to check out, just let me know.
Meanwhile, try some of my favorites
- tracking what you eat especially
can go a long way toward helping
you learn to modify your habits
and work out a plan you can live
with while achieving your weight
to Support Weight Loss Goals
If I had to choose one thing
to keep out of everything I own,
it would be my MotivAider. I love
this thing. I'm never without
it. It keeps me on track and on
time. I use it when I'm working,
when I'm exercising, and when
I'm getting things done. It's
a cross between a timer and a
stop watch. You can set the timer
to vibrate at whatever interval
you want, as short as one minute
and up to 12 hours. It clips onto
your waistband or slips in a pocket.
The MotivAider is especially
useful for habit change, especially
if you are using a technique which
needs to be repeated throughout
the day such as doing EFT on your
"issue of the day" once
an hour, all day long. You know
what I'm talking about - when
you say you are going to do something
three times a day for a week and
after a couple of days you realize,
you forgot to do it at all. The
MotivAider helps you remember
by vibrating at your preset intervals,
and then you get it done.
Here are a few of the ways I
- Keeping myself on task.
I set it for 10 or 15 minutes
to work on a task such as cleaning
my desk. When it vibrates, I
move on to the next thing. This
is good for a person like me
who would spend all day doing
nothing but organizing my desk.
- Housecleaning and Organizing.
I set it for 30 minutes (maybe
an hour if we're tackling my
son's room!) to do a chore such
as cleaning - after 30 minutes,
I'll stop and do something else.
This makes household chores
more agreeable by doing it in
short spurts and you'd be amazed
how much you can accomplish
in just half an hour.
- Break Tasks into Small
Bits Gets Them Done. I've
used the timer approach my whole
life, but I greatly prefer the
gentle vibration to the loud,
obnoxious ringing of an alarm.
I've used it with my son, saying,
we're going to clean your room
for half an hour - setting the
timer and then getting to work.
He'll do it, when he knows it's
just for a certain, short period
of time, and he too is amazed
how much gets accomplished in
such a short period of time.
- Clean the House During
the Commercials. I've also
used it to prove how quickly
certain disagreeable tasks such
as emptying the dishwasher can
be. Set the MotivAider for five
minutes and set to work - you'll
find the job is done before
the vibration starts. Five short
minutes, big deal. Get those
jobs done during the commercial
break of your favorite show.
- Work While Watching TV.
I don't watch often but when
I do catch a show I always set
my MotivAider for four minutes
during commercials and run to
my office to "get something
done." Nothing is more
frustrating to me than sitting
through commercials on TV, and
that makes the time fly.
- Timer for Interval Training.
Nothing beats the MotivAider
for timing interval training.
Have you ever done interval
training? It's an excellent
way to increase your exercise
intensity but the trouble is,
how do you keep track of the
time? That's where the MotivAider
comes in. If you want to exercise
at a certain pace for five minutes,
then harder for another five,
then harder still for another
five, then back to the beginning
and start the cycle again. Do
that two or three times and
you're ready to drop, achieving
your fitness goals in much less
tmie. That's efficiency in action
and experts agree that interval
training is effective.
Try doing that with a regular
timer. It's simple with my MotivAider.
- Do EFT at Regular Intervals.
If you're working an a big issue,
you'll want to do EFT work throughout
the day, but how to remember
to do it? With everything else
going on, it's too easy to think
you'll remember, but find you
don't. I use my MotivAider as
an easy reminder to do my EFT
sessions on a specific topic,
choosing one for each day for
instance. Usually I'll set it
for every half hour or once
an hour. Using longer intervals
I find the buzzing startles
me ;-) I also use it to remind
me to have a drink of water
every time it vibrates, helping
me getting plenty of water during
You can see why I love the MotivAider.
I'd buy another one if I ever
lost this one, but since I've
dropped it down a flight of hardwood
stairs several times, and dropped
it on the concrete a time or two,
together with leaving it runinng
all night long countless
times, it appears virtually indestructible.
I've had mine about a year and-a-half
and have never needed a new battery,
and as I said, I leave it running
a lot (I don't mean to - maybe
I should set it to remind me to
shut it off?). This is my all
time favorite gadget - I would
be lost without mine.
Keep a Food & Exercise Diary
Every few weeks I make an effort to track my eating, down to the last peanut. Tracking every bite, every lick, really can open your eyes to the eating you do that you don't even realize. It also helps you see how several extra hundred calories a day are very easly to miss.