“Pay yourself first” has been financial wisdom for saving money for so long it is trite and cliché. But, it’s just as true for how we spend our time. If you are trying to start a new daily or weekly habit, start the day or week off by doing it. The feeling of accomplishment of completing some small piece of whatever you’d like to get done for yourself first, creates positive energy and momentum that carries over to everything you do.
Just like with money, keep the time investment small enough that you still have time to do everything you need to do, but keep it large and consistent enough that, over the long haul, you get significant results.