David Allen of GTD fame, on falling off the wagon with his productivity habits, and then getting on again. And off again. An on again, as do we all.
As for how he gets back on that wagon:
You’d think the first step would be admitting that we need help. No, it’s the second. The first step is to remember how good it feels to be up again, and that I can do it. I just need the little reminders of the value of up. Plus the self-esteem required to swallow my pride and admit I’ve slipped. So I need to hear the same messages, over and over again. I also need to think they’re new, fresh, different in some way, so I can be the adventurer again, inspired in new territory with new truths and tricks. Well, they are new truths and tricks. They might look and sound identical to what I saw and heard last month, but no, they are different. Because I’m different. There’s always something about it I didn’t get before—another nuance, another technique, another way to apply it to something I can relate with.