It's super practical...and you're probably going to hate what I'm about to say...but here's what happens when I wake up, I have something due that needs writing, or needs working on...and I don't want to do it.
Either I don't want to write it, think about it, send the email, ask, whatever it is....here's what I do...and it takes about a minute:
I open a new tab on my laptop, open a fresh document and type....in a big ass font....
across the top of the blank page.
And then one of 2 things will happen:
I'll be willing to start writing from the middle of the post out...or
I'll get pissed off because I still don't want to do it (I tell myself I don't feel like doing it), and I'll stomp around for a minute and then sit back down and write another word.
And then word by word, my tantrum subsides and my word-typing turns into writing and I'm on my way.
It's different if it's a call.
If it's a call I don't want to make, I open the phone app on my device, or I have the number that needs calling in big letters right in front of me. Staring me down. Not really taunting me, and certainly not coaxing, but it's how I've learned to do what I don't feel like doing.
Do I judge myself for "not having discipline", or "not being able to do it on my own with sheer 100% willingness on a daily basis?"
I take inventory on whether the work got done...or not.
Then I make a new plan & take the next step.
This work has got to get done
Am I going to blow it off?
Not a client's work, no way. It's easier to blow my own marketing work off, sure....but that's getting less acceptable because I know what needs doing...and I need to just make sure it's getting done. That does sound more mature than the stomp-around tantrum.
Am I going to try to fight it? Maybe.
And maybe it'll take me 2-3 sessions of stomping, and word writing, and then more stomping...but I walk myself through it. I know it doesn't look good, or sound mature, but the fact is, I've been doing this for 5 years now...and I've learned that this is what works for me.