Stay In Bed Too Long!??

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A couple of days this week, including today, i've found myself sleeping for most of the morning, unable to motivate myself to get up and take action. I have loads of projects i'm currently working on and a few are starting to generate some nice income. I earn enough to live comfortably.

Anyone else have this problem?

The thing is when I get started and stuck in to a task It feels great. Like right now i'm just about to launch my first eBook on clickbank. In just a few hours this afternoon I had optin page, sales page and upsell page finished and uploaded. I'm just mad at the thought of what I could of achieved if i'd got my ass out of bed a bit earlier!

Am i alone out here or is it the curse of the self-employed? Or maybe i'm just not hungry enough..
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  • Profile picture of the author jan roos
    You are definitely not alone mate. I am right there with you. I realized that once money started coming in almost too easy the laziness sets in because there is no real need to get things going because I'm already comfortable. This is not good and will come bite me in the ass so I am stopping it right freaking now and you should try and do the same.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
    I have no problem getting out of bed at mid-day!
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Tani
    I can get bit by the procrastination bug too, though I don't usually stay in bed...

    Anyway, I saw a post awhile back from a Warrior that I thought was pretty good. He said that the way that he got himself to wake up early was to spend the first 30 minutes of the day doing something that he really liked doing. For him, it was reading a book. So he'd look forward to getting up because he got to spend 30 minutes doing what he loved doing.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I think we all have this problem at most times. Just think.. staying in bed gets you nothing done after your rest period. I rather be productive and make money or LEARN
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  • Profile picture of the author ankur sharma
    True, i am hit by this bug too. I think when no external force is there, human tend to take things easy. Well, ask your wife to put bucket of water on you. Lol this will solve any energy issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamjar919
    I have problems with getting out of bed, but all I have to look forward to is school
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Remember these words as you dive into IM.....

    "Sleep is overrated!"

    You'll have all the time in the world to sleep when your time is up!
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  • Profile picture of the author rparikh
    I had this issues lots in the past.But now i think i have overcome this problem.All i just visualize what i want to achieve and working on the project.

    If i am in the bed and my lazy ass do not want to get up ,I generally picture my self to get up and take a shower and using this simple 2 sec. technique i can at least get out of my bed.Try this simple technique , might be work for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author espresso
    I think this happens to all who work from home and are their own boss
    At least you are making money
    Its even harder to motivate yourself when you are not and there is a little voice in the back of your head going "why bother"
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  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    pick up some sports, do it, not just watch it. it will keep u more motivated. stay on bed too much time will almost definitely keep u less efficient and dream more, just dream,


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  • Profile picture of the author ForeignProfessor
    Try this:

    Set yourself up with an AWESOME appointment every day, at say.. 3pm or 6pm.

    Something you WANT to do, EVERY DAY.

    What are your interests? If you're earning a comfortable living right now, it's about damn time you developed some interests if you haven't already.

    So:

    Sign up for a cooking class. Or a knitting class. Or a Muay Thai Class. Or a Nail-art class. Or a Toastmasters meeting. Or a Taekwando class. Or a book club. Or something. Every day. Something fun, and interesting to YOU.

    Then arrange your daily work so that it is DONE before your fun thing for the day happens.

    Quite frankly, if you are making a comfortable living working 1 hour a day spread over 12-15 hours of lethargy you're probably not a happy person. Focus on some fun things. Learn something new or do something different. Then make sure you get work done first.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by ForeignProfessor View Post

      Try this:

      Set yourself up with an AWESOME appointment every day, at say.. 3pm or 6pm.

      Something you WANT to do, EVERY DAY.

      What are your interests? If you're earning a comfortable living right now, it's about damn time you developed some interests if you haven't already.

      So:

      Sign up for a cooking class. Or a knitting class. Or a Muay Thai Class. Or a Nail-art class. Or a Toastmasters meeting. Or a Taekwando class. Or a book club. Or something. Every day. Something fun, and interesting to YOU.

      Then arrange your daily work so that it is DONE before your fun thing for the day happens.

      Quite frankly, if you are making a comfortable living working 1 hour a day spread over 12-15 hours of lethargy you're probably not a happy person. Focus on some fun things. Learn something new or do something different. Then make sure you get work done first.
      I have employed this strategy successfully quite a few times. Being in front of the computer all day long isn't good for you, and you need variety and various external stimuli to jumpstart your mind and its creativity anyway.

      Furthermore, if your average schedule revolves being around the computer all day long, you can very easily lose focus and "drag" through the day, not really being as efficient or productive as you could be, because you have nothing exciting and interesting to look forward to outside of your work!

      This is a great way of doing it, and a somewhat sneaky "trick" that literally forces you to become more efficient and focused, since you'll actually be motivated for a change to complete your goals quickly in a timely manner, because you now have some fun things to look forward to away from the computer!
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  • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
    I usually get up at about the same time every day. But there certainly are days when I decide to sleep an extra hour or two. It's one of the perks of being an internet marketer but also a challenge to make sure you don't start sleeping all the time and never get anything done.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    After a good night's sleep I am always ready for a nap. After the nap I need to rest up a bit before it's time for bed.

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    • Profile picture of the author WillDL
      Originally Posted by George Wright View Post

      After a good night's sleep I am always ready for a nap. After the nap I need to rest up a bit before it's time for bed.

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      You sir, are a poet.
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      • Profile picture of the author George Wright
        Originally Posted by WillDL View Post

        You sir, are a poet.
        Well, I sure, didn't know it.

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    • Profile picture of the author ForeignProfessor
      Originally Posted by George Wright View Post

      After a good night's sleep I am always ready for a nap. After the nap I need to rest up a bit before it's time for bed.

      George Wright
      That reminds me of this:
      Sleeping was a very important activity for him. He liked to sleep for longish periods, great swathes of time. Merely sleeping overnight was not taking the business seriously. He enjoyed a good night's sleep and wouldn't miss one for the world, but he didn't regard it as anything even half approaching enough. He liked to be asleep by half past eleven in the morning if possible, and if that could come directly after a nice leisurely lie-in then so much the better. A little light breakfast and a quick trip to the bathroom while fresh linen was applied to his bed is really all the astivity he liked to undertake, and he took care that it didn't jangle the sleepiness out of him and thus disturb his afternoon of napping. Sometimes he was able to spend an entire week asleep, and this he regarded as a good snooze. He had also slept through the whole of 1986 and hadn't missed it.
      The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, Douglas Adams (1989)
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Meet a friend who has a real "job" for breakfast. You won't be as apt to break an appointment with someone else as you will with yourself.

    Then when he drags off to work you can remember how lucky you are to be charge of your own time
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    • Profile picture of the author GlobalTrader
      I do not believe this to be laziness. The whole purpose of being in business for yourself is to be able to set your own hours and do with your time what you wish to do and if that means sleeping in, sleep in.

      I like to take a 30-45 minute nap or rest every afternoon and my business has provided me with the freedom to do so without having to worry about a boss catching me!
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      • Profile picture of the author helterskelter
        I'm a complete night owl - I have the WORST time getting myself going in the morning, no matter what the task - something I love, something I hate, I just can't wake myself up.

        However, I know it's wonderful when I actually DO roll myself out of bed and get things done early. I find negotiating with myself works well. I set a tiny, absolutely non-negotiable, deadline for myself - say, writing one paragraph by 9 a.m., or for my full-time job, making three phone calls by 8:45.

        It's easier to make yourself accomplish something that just takes a few minutes... but I've never stopped at just one paragraph or three phone calls. I just need something to get the productivity ball rolling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Bosen
    I am going through the same thing, but my problem is that I stay up too late working.
    A great fix is to just force yourself up. If you aren't motivated by work, schedule something fun and early in the morning, like say go skiing. You will wake up early, doing something you enjoy all day, be tired at night and able to reset your internal clock so the next morning you are able to get back to work.

    Sometimes all you need is a breath of fresh air away from work to get you going again.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarcusEJC
    Most days I almost literally jump out of bed at some time between 6am and 7am, and go straight to the computer. First thing I do is check through my stats, and then I write up a list of tasks to do for the day, and get started on them.

    Some days I'll even get as much as 2 hours worth of IM related stuff done before I even properely sit down to have breakfast.

    HOWEVER, I do it this way because I feel like I'm much more naturally a morning person. Many people aren't. Maybe you're just not a morning person. Maybe you're more of an evening person. But if that is the case, be prepared to stay up late doing your IM work.

    Early morning, late night, or standard 9-5 schedule, it doesn't really matter. As long as you work. Doing a solid day of work is what counts. It is the foundation of all of this. There's no point to any of it unless you have it in your to be disciplined to get a day's work done.

    So don't beat yourself up about not being able to get out of bed in the morning. The only question you need to ask yourself is: are you putting in a full day's work at some point?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary King
    It happens...

    Set goals in writing - that will keep you on task - if you make it like appointments, you'll be more likely to stay on track.

    I usually find when that happens to me that I'm a little burned out and need to take a break - a REAL break, not one where I say I'm going to NOT do stuff and think about it in the back of my mind all the time I'm on "break".
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    I have two kids and a husband that needs to get up early to go to work, I wish I could get stay in bed longer

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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    My problem for a few weeks now. But when Im in it I am usually focused and there is nobody stopping me. It is still money over laziness always.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Lowe
    Hi,

    This problem caught me out. I got too comfortable with $11,000 a month and it sure did come and bite me on the ass. I had a huge wake up call. As soon as you are awake throw the covers back immediately and get up.

    Rich
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    • Profile picture of the author wilsonm
      At times I feel depressed about the things in my life so block it out by staying in bed. If you ask me, this is a better way to block things out rather then doing drink, drugs or anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aj Wilson
    Creativity, Productivity AND Your Body all need a break sometime mate

    I use to feel guilty about having afternoon naps when I should
    be working on my business ...

    then I cam to realize, afternoon naps make me more productive, creative
    and energizes me for the "next round" of work.

    I dont nap every day, but your body will tell you when you need a break or not.

    I think (like nature) everything needs to have balance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by alexdigital View Post

    Am i alone out here or is it the curse of the self-employed?
    Curse? I'd call it one of the pleasures of the self-employed, myself: it's certainly one of the reasons I'd never want to be an employee ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    It is now 11:30 and I have just got up, but I am still in bed. The reason is simple though, I work late into the morning which then gives me the whole day free and most of the night.

    -Owen
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    This is happening when we are earning what we excepted. But I can prevent laziness after starting a new project.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
      I've had the problem too, and here are my 2 solutions (hmm..maybe a product or free report idea there!)

      Anyhoo, the first solution is to note what time it is when I get up late.
      If, for example, it's 11am, then how about working til 3am? That means you are getting 8 hours, plus getting work done.

      As Alexa pointed out, why not view it as the flexibility that online self employment brings?

      The other problem for me was that I still felt tired when I knew full well I had been in bed long enough. I felt fine when I got up, but could not seem to get to a stage where I felt fine before I got up.

      So the solution? Acceptance.
      I accepted that it was ok to not feel fine before I got up, I didn't have to feel great before I got up, safe in the knowledge that when I did get up I would feel ok.

      Those 2 solutions worked great for me!
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    It can be a curse. I suppose it depends on whether or not you're happy with where your business currently is. If not, then you need to put in more work, and sleeping too much, lounging about and feeling powerless to change any of it is definitely a curse.

    Providing you can motivate yourself to get enough stuff done (which clearly a lot of people can't, hence why so many fail - too much reading and too little output), then it's nice to have the flexibility of working (and living!) on your own terms - being able to do as you want, when you want and how you want - without someone breathing down your neck all the time.

    If you're in control, it's all good. If you're not in control, then it's a curse.

    *Looks contemptuously at his evil bottle of Lamb's Navy Rum from across the room, where he's stretched out on his bed.* I suppose I'm cursed. :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      It can be a curse. I suppose it depends on whether or not you're happy with where your business currently is. If not, then you need to put in more work, and sleeping too much, lounging about and feeling powerless to change any of it is definitely a curse.

      Providing you can motivate yourself to get enough stuff done (which clearly a lot of people can't, hence why so many fail - too much reading and too little output), then it's nice to have the flexibility of working (and living!) on your own terms - being able to do as you want, when you want and how you want - without someone breathing down your neck all the time.

      If you're in control, it's all good. If you're not in control, then it's a curse.

      *Looks contemptuously at his evil bottle of Lamb's Navy Rum from across the room, where he's stretched out on his bed.* I suppose I'm cursed. :rolleyes:
      You bring up an interesting point - alcohol, for me at least, makes me very slothful and torpid when it comes to working on anything - about the only thing it inspires me to do is talk my head off or nap...lol.

      I find that I'm much more productive when I don't drink at all, or when I only start drinking after all my important work is done.

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      • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        You bring up an interesting point - alcohol, for me at least, makes me very slothful and torpid when it comes to working on anything - about the only thing it inspires me to do is talk my head off or nap...lol.

        I find that I'm much more productive when I don't drink at all, or when I only start drinking after all my important work is done.

        Paul
        LOL. I can sort of relate to that.

        When I drink "moderately" (I hate that expression! ), a very brief window of increased creativity and overall productivity opens up for me - during which time I find writing much easier and far more pleasurable - but then tiredness quickly kicks in and I become worse than I was before.

        So one cannot really win.

        What I tend to do now, rather than try to actually work whilst/after drinking, is just use my drinking-time to jot down any ideas I have (for articles and so on), and attempt to pick up on them at a later time, when I've sobered up and recuperated. That's the best I can do, I find. :p
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        • Profile picture of the author bjgran
          Thought this looked like an interesting post. I was so surprised at the responses. Nothing like what I thought they would be.
          There are some of us who work late into the night and sleep the day away -- some who have to get up because of a family or another job -- some who feel guilty about sleeping too much and some who take it as a perk of this business. That's great!
          Personally, I know I could sleep later -- but I have a DOG who has to go for a walk early in the morning. After I've dressed and gone outside to walk her, I might as well have coffee, read the paper and get going. I recommend getting a pet to anyone who really wants to get up early. And, get a dog. Cats take care of themselves.
          I thought of a quote from something I read about the oldest person in the world. When asked what she would do differently if she had her life to live over, she said, "I'd take more naps!"
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  • Profile picture of the author J.M.Wilson
    I am the complete opposite. I bounce out of bed and swing straight into action... I'm somewhat of a workaholic. Even when I'm "relaxing"... watching TV and what not... I'm STILL doing some form of work.

    I can't switch off... it may not be healthy but it's just the way I am
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  • Profile picture of the author majidmaskat
    not really the case, the beauty of IM is you can work whenever, for example I get out of bed at 1pm, then mess around go out whatever, but i still get work done regardless when I come back even at 10pm
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  • Profile picture of the author indiatext
    WORK HARD AND PARTY HARDER. do not overstress yourself with excess of work. You must keep time for yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Sorrell
      Doesn't matter what time you get up as long as you do what you set out to. Depends on the weather as well. It's a lot easier getting up in the sunshine than it is getting up to darkness and -10 temperatures.
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      • Profile picture of the author MrBOY
        Do meditation it helps you to concentrate on your work
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Opposite. I get very little sleep the last few weeks. I am *always* extremely excited and cant wait to get out of bed and "work"...i know it sounds crazy. I enjoy what i do a lot, sometimes i need to force myself to relax and not constantly thinking about "what to do next".
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  • Profile picture of the author TimG
    I have never been a morning person even when I was in the military and had no choice but to get up at 430AM in order to get to work ahead of the Soldiers under my command.

    That's one of the reasons I wanted to succeed so badly with an IM business - so I could set my own hours. I've always preferred to work late at night when it is peaceful and quiet with no one awake in the house but me.

    As long as you accomplish what your daily objectives are I don't think it matters what your work schedule looks like or when you get up. Of course, getting up late does have you losing out on doing activities outside of the house.

    Jan Roos touched on a big point...when you start to see good income being generated from your online business it becamse way to easy to take your foot off the gas pedal.

    Following my biggest income earning year online I slacked off and the next year was not quite as spectacular. Lesson learned was need to keep my nose to the grindstone until I get certain goals attained (house paid off, kids college money secured...etc)

    Being a home based business owner is rearding but it also presents its own unique pitfalls to overcome.

    Respectfully,
    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
    Originally Posted by alexdigital View Post

    A couple of days this week, including today, i've found myself sleeping for most of the morning, unable to motivate myself to get up and take action. I have loads of projects i'm currently working on and a few are starting to generate some nice income. I earn enough to live comfortably.

    Anyone else have this problem?

    The thing is when I get started and stuck in to a task It feels great. Like right now i'm just about to launch my first eBook on clickbank. In just a few hours this afternoon I had optin page, sales page and upsell page finished and uploaded. I'm just mad at the thought of what I could of achieved if i'd got my ass out of bed a bit earlier!

    Am i alone out here or is it the curse of the self-employed? Or maybe i'm just not hungry enough..
    Goal setting needed?

    Comfy - u have 6 months of your ideal lifestyle saved in liquid cash ?

    already have 5 solid diversified streams of evergreen income built?

    scale that to 10 ...

    Already have 10 - so that if 5 streams died youd still be rock solid on the other 5? Then build 5 streams or a stream or streams of income for wife - kids - parents - friends ... or .... mentor a worthwhile nooob who's willing to work!

    If none of that floats your boat .... you're prepared for the impending financial apocolypse :-) ? Nuclear fallout shelter - converted to 100% bio fuels - months of food and electric power generation needs stored, manuals on how to grow and store your own food sources .....

    or - you could just get a fun hobby like bowling or knitting or - teaching internet marketing?
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    • Profile picture of the author coach
      Ah, getting out of bed...

      Thankfully we have this problem to discuss.

      Here are my thoughts and observations...

      A lot of people have the idea that owning your own business or working from home is the lazy way to riches. Nothing could be further from the truth. Succeeding in your own business takes direction, discipline and determination.

      Here are 12 keys to help:

      (1) Find the joy in your life.

      Have you ever stopped to think about the big picture of your life? Why you are here? What you are meant to accomplish?

      When you're clear about your purpose, you realize how precious time is. Most people live lives of quiet desperation, medicating themselves to make it through the day. Shake yourself awake. Discover your purpose. Love your dreams.

      Remember, your time is your life. If you waste your time, you are wasting your life.

      (2) Take 100% responsibility.

      Most people look for something or someone to blame for their lack of progress or success. The truth is, your motivation and results are your responsibility.

      That's great news because it means you don't need permission to succeed. You can make the choice now to change anything in your life.

      (3) Work on projects that unlock your motivation.

      Take a look at the projects on your plate right now. Are you so excited about what you're working on that you can't wait to get to your computer at 5AM in the morning? If not, clear the decks and find the projects that unlock and energize you.

      (4) Protect your focus.

      Most work-from-home entrepreneurs are all over the place. They've got the TV on, 26 tabs open in Firefox, a cluttered desktop and tons of other distractions.

      Clear your work area. Identify your top project. Make a big list of everything you need to do. Schedule time to do it. Create a distraction-free environment. Then, get it done.

      Remember, nothing can defeat you until it breaks your focus.

      (5) Know when you're at your best.

      For whatever reason, some people are more effective at 8 PM, others at 5 AM. When do you do your best work? Ask others for feedback. Decide your ideal working times and arrange your schedule to work when you're at your best.

      (6) Train your family to support you.

      Does your spouse and children know how to support your success? If they think you don't have a "real job" and interrupt you at any time of day, chances are they don't. Take time to establish guidelines and boundaries in your home.

      Single? This equally applies to friends and relatives.

      (7) Move your "comfort thermostat."

      Most people have an unspoken number, an amount of money or progress at which they are comfortable. If they get beyond that number, they unconsciously begin pulling back. If they fall below a certain range, they get moving. What is your number? Now work with a personal coach to "reset" it.

      (8) Create accountability for yourself.

      Every Monday morning I have a call scheduled at 6:30 AM with my mastermind group. Why? We can meet anytime. We choose to meet at 6:30 AM because it keeps each of us accountable. You will often do more when you think others are counting on you.

      (9) Increase your energy.

      How's your health? Even if you feel feel and you're not overweight, a lack of consistent exercise and a poor diet can contribute to a lack of motivation. Start with a good superfood, get some movement in every day and learn deep breathing to increase your energy.

      Recommended Resources: Green Vibrance (VibrantHealth.us); Super Food (herbdoc.com); Living Health CDS by Tony Robbins (best deal on eBay)

      (10) Schedule your day in 15- to 30-minute increments.

      One thing that has made a big difference for me is actually scheduling everything on a calendar. Having my time scheduled so I know what's next makes a big difference for me.

      Recommended Resource: Informant App on iPhone or iPad; GymBoss or similar timer

      (11) Schedule a 21-day challenge.

      Pick a start date. Tell everyone. Then, for 21 days live your new schedule and commitments. Blog everyday. If you slip, start over.

      (12) Give forward.

      It's been said that if you have a big enough why, you can find the how. Find a cause to motivate your business success. For me, it's a children's charity. What's it for you?

      I hope this helps.

      P.S. If you enjoy my posts, let me know. It helps my "motivation." :- )

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  • Profile picture of the author Josh989
    Try 15 hours sleep after a night out
    Usually i sleep 8 hours a night which is good i guess :s

    Josh
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Needing a little extra sleep now and then isn't a disaster. Sometimes you can be coming down with a virus and the sleep will help knock it down before you even know it's there. Sometimes it's just a reaction to days of pushing yourself a tad hard.

    If you just need a few extra hours or even have a whole day you want to lay off once in awhile, it's not a big deal ---- it's when it becomes frequent that you have to start to worry about it. If left to natural sleep I sleep 7 hours a night. If I sleep longer than that for 2 nights in a row I start taking a few herbals to kill possible infections, get outside and exercise for a few hours, then read something non-taxing before even touching the computer and it usually puts me back in the game just fine.
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    When the Roads and Paths end, learn to guide yourself through the wilderness
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  • Profile picture of the author medi50cus
    Staying longer in bed might cause:
    Depression
    Poor balance
    Muscle weakness
    Feelings of nausea
    Blood sugar changes
    Dizziness with movement
    Changes in hearing and eyesight
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  • Profile picture of the author navyseal
    I guess you need to have an exercise.

    I know it's easier said and done but I try having exercise but it works and stay out from the bed.

    Lol!
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  • Profile picture of the author rohnsmith
    Yes, I am also suffering also. I wake up and see the clock, it's too late, I sought to my mom, why she has not wake up me.
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