There are many days that I'm overwhelmed before I even get up and I want to stay in bed. But some years back, I ordered a non-Barbie doll--Lammily dolls--because she was the Adventurer (she was actually called the Traveler but to me she is an adventurer) and she had average body proportions. I bought her for me. I put her on my bedside table to remind me to go ahead and get up and have an adventure for the day. It helps to think of the adventures possible in my day rather than "I HAVE to get up and MUST do my work." The thought is a little more positive. She is to me like Simon Says was to the elderly mother in the article.
And sometimes the problem is not the beginning of the day. There are days I feel like I'm spinning my wheels, not really functioning well. That's when the bribe comes in. "Fine," I say to myself. "Get three things done and you can call it a day." Or if my day is being super difficult, I might say, "You know those cashews sitting on the shelf? You can have a handful or two if you concentrate for one hour." And there's that tool. Like most of the tools mentioned, it doesn't always work but it works often enough for me to keep it in my toolbox.
TOOL #9 SIMON SAYS OR TAKE A BRIBE.