Here's what you do. Blocked by inertia, boredom, simple laziness? Needing to accomplish things, but no inspiration or impetus to do so? Do the 20 minute timer trick.
1. Find a reliable timer.
2. Set the timer to 20 minutes.
3. Do the despicable task until the timer goes off.
4. Be surprised at how much you can accomplish in 20 minutes!
This technique works! It would appear that the idea that you only have to stick at something for 20 minutes is incentive enough to get started.
Of course, Dana, the ultimate "outside the box", "never follows the rules" guru, has "tweaked" the rules, but they are loosely this. You work at the task at hand for the set 20 minutes, then you get to do anything else you'd rather be doing for the next 20 minutes. You can read, nap, watch a bit of t.v....whatever you thought you'd rather be doing than say, cleaning the powder room. Then, you start back to the working 20 minute segment. In an hour, you will have worked more than you rested and you'll be really delighted with the results. This is one of the most effective ways I have ever had of "tricking" myself into the task at hand.
I am always on the lookout for reliable kitchen timers. I have drawers of these and the only one currently working properly is like the one pictured above.