This is a post about motivation.
When we started this blog, my intention was to post new content every week, ideally more than once. For several months, I’ve lived up to that expectation. I was excited about writing. I was passionate. I was motivated.
And then there’s the last two weeks — during which, as you may have noticed, I have not blogged.
We all go through periods where we just don’t feel like doing the things we’ve committed to, no matter how important we know they are in our brains. There are a ton of reasons. It could be anxiety about an upcoming situation. It could be that something happened that makes you feel down. It could simply be you’re not getting enough sleep. Or maybe you legitimately just have been too busy with other work and don’t have the energy left to write. In my case, my grandmother, with whom I was very close, passed away on November 1. I just haven’t felt much like writing since then.
I’m having no problem getting work done for our clients, but those tasks are things I’ve committed to do for others. There are clear and present consequences to dropping the ball there.
This is a post about getting your important work done when you’re the only one who can “make” you do it.
Each of us have different prompts that trigger our motivation. For some of us, it’s collaboration, opportunity and positive reinforcement. For others, it’s guilt, obligation or fear of failure.
Whichever side of the carrot-and-stick equation you find yourself on, here are ten tips to help you refocus.