Finding The Motivational Spark

productivityNo matter how much you wish it would happen, the work you have to do isn’t going to do itself. Finding your motivation will be easier on some days than others, but the key is to make sure you can get to that motivation when you need it the most.


When you create an emergency because you know the project is on the last hours before its due, you’re going to get more done in those last few hours than you did in the days before. If you can fake yourself out into believing an emergency situation, you’ll get more done than if you just tell yourself you have a few days and it can wait.


An old saying goes “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” If you have a big job that seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller chunks. Do you have to write a report? Break it down to writing one chapter or article a day. It’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to write one article than it is to write a whole book. If you are really under pressure or don’t have much time, break it down even more, such as committing to writing one paragraph at a time rather than one whole article. Writing a paragraph may not seem like you are accomplishing much, but if you take 5 to 15 minutes to do this several times a day, how many pages do you think you could accomplish by the end of the day? Lots! Any task can always be broken down into smaller tasks.


No more excuses. Just sit down at your work area, and do what needs to be done. Don’t over-think it! Starting is always the hardest part, no matter what it is you need to do. Once you finally bite the bullet and get over whatever it is that was stopping you from starting the project in the first place, you will find it easier to get more done than you thought.

If you still find yourself having trouble, think about the reasons why you love this project. Even if it’s the most boring project in the world that you loathe, it has to be done and there’s something that will make you love it – even if it means focusing on what you can do after it gets done. When it gets finished, you’ll be able to cross it off your to-do list and move onto something you enjoy more. Plus, when the project is complete that’s money in the bank. Money you need to pay your bills. If the idea of getting the payment still doesn’t motivate you, think about what life would be like if you were in the corporate world, and what your boss would say if you were like this at your traditional job. At the very least, motivation will come out of your desire to not go back to a traditional clock job.

Now you know what hinders your productivity and what you can do about it. Tomorrow we will move on to building the ideal work environment, to help keep you as productive as possible.


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