As someone who works from home, motivation is something I’m always looking for.
I’m quite lucky, because I am pretty self-motivated – I always manage to get my work done and can be quite productive on the regular. But I know that not everyone is the same and I still suffer from a lack of motivation from time to time.
Thinking about motivation so much has made me come to quite a dramatic conclusion : it’s not that important.
This may sound counter-productive, but just hear me out. A lot of times when we are looking for motivation or waiting for motivation to come to us it never does. Yet our to-do lists remain; that essay still needs to be written, the chores need to be done and the gym is waiting for you.
Instead of cracking on with whatever you need to do, you’ve spend your day waiting to feel in the right mood when in reality, it doesn’t matter what mood you’re in.
You can still do your assignment or clean the house or workout even if you don’t feel like it. Sure it mightn’t be as enjoyable and you might need to push yourself more than you’d like, but it is doable.
Motivation is great when it comes to you and it can really help you tackle that to-do list. But as we all know, motivation isn’t a constant in life.
For some people motivation can feel as far away as the moon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help yourself out.
That’s the way I keep myself going when motivation feels far away. I think about how better I’ll feel after the thing as been done, whether it is walking the dog, cleaning my room or doing some work. I think of it like I’m helping future me out by doing something now.
I think everyone could benefit from relying less on motivation and simply just doing stuff because it needs to be done. Not everything requires emotions or a lot of thinking beforehand – it just needs to get done.
And the great thing about getting things done is it spurs you on to do more.
Have you heard of that trick where people set a timer for ten minutes to get some cleaning done or start their essay? The reason this works so well is because being productive inspires more productivity. When you start ticking those to-dos off, you’ll get a little boost and feel kinda motivated to keep going.
So, what are you waiting for?
I hope this made sense and maybe helped you out a little.
It’s something I’ve been thinking about and I decided to write this after I’d pushed myself to get some work done, even though I didn’t feel like it. And now I’ve written this too!