Try meditating at the same time every day. This helps to make meditation a regular habit. Start with 20 minutes a day of meditation and lengthen the sitting period in 5 minute increments each week, until you are sitting for 45 to 60 minutes, or longer if you like. Allow yourself to find a length of time that helps makes it likely you will do it again. If you find yourself making the excuse that you don’t have 20 minutes to spare, then resolve to sit for only 5 or 10 minutes—it is easy to find 5 or 10 minutes to sit each day. If you meditate at the same time every day for even 5 minutes, it will become a routine and you may find that you start looking forward to sittings and naturally desire to sit longer.
Create a meditation space in your home where you can sit without interruption. It can be a room, a corner of a room, or even a special chair. Sitting in the same place can impart a sense of specialness to that location, which may help to settle and focus the mind when you enter that space. Reduce potential interruptions: turn off your cell phone, put your computer to sleep, ask your family for quiet time.
Attend a weekly meditation group to support your practice and deepen your understanding of the link between practice and insight. Get involved, participate, meet other members, and volunteer. Involvement in dhamma groups supports sustained commitment, and will help you remember to integrate mindfulness into the activities of daily life.
To further strengthen your mindfulness, pick one activity that you regularly do each day and resolve to be mindful when you perform that activity. It can be something simple, such as washing dishes, showering, opening doors, driving, or answering the phone.
If you struggle with not feeling motivated to sit, reflect on why you wanted to learn to meditate, recall the benefits of meditation, and contemplate what inspires you to practice. Do this as your meditation time approaches. Don’t wait until it’s time to meditate—get inspired beforehand so you can practice when it’s time.