What’s some good time-management self-talk?

Positive slogans

I finish what I start.

I am what I do.

I do chucky chores, even though I don’t want to.

I’m a doer–I get things done!

I can do this!

I don’t like doing this, but I’ll do it anyway.

This is hard! I like a challenge.

Nothing’s so bad that I can’t do it for five minutes.


Just do it!

Have a go!

Keep going!

Just do it for 5 minutes and see how it goes.

I’ll do 5 more minutes.

Stop fussing and just start!



Do the right thing!

Say yes!

Don’t make big promises that will just weigh me down!

Under-promise and over-deliver.

Shhhh!!! (to distracting or negative thoughts).

Stop! Think it through first!

Try again.

Stop wasting time! You’re just procrastinating.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes–just keep going.

This is hard, but keep going.

Well done! You did it! (Pat myself on back!)

Good job! You did well!

a nice collection of positive self-talk

Take action

Time to deliver!

Just do it!

Pull the trigger.

Face the fear and do it anyway.

Participate! Have a go!

I am what I do.

Walk the talk.

Quit talking and start doing.


Face the fear and do it anyway. (Susan Jeffers)

I can handle it. (Susan Jeffers)

Why not?

Finish what I started.

I won’t always feel this bad.

This too shall pass. (Persian proverb)

Shhhh! Not helpful ( to my inner doomsday voice)

Life is an adventure.

Commit to learning

I can do this.

I am growing.

I can change.

I am growing my brain.


Shhhh!  (to my internal chatterbox)

Focus like a laser.

Pay attention. This is important.

Coping with failure

Next time.

I’m not there yet.

What can I learn from this?

What to do next time.

What else can I try?

Try again.

Move on!

The past is dust.

I tried my hardest.

It’s OK to fail.

All life is an experiment. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I’m a beginner. I’m supposed to make mistakes.

Life’s uncertain. I can’t predict what will work.

I stuffed up. It’s OK. I’m not supposed to be perfect.