Motivation. Everyone wants it, everyone needs it. I’ve always wondered why some days I feel more motivated than others.
There are many ways to get more motivated. An easy way is to read a quote from someone that ‘strikes a chord’ within you. I have included some of the ones that resonated with me on this site.
But a quote isn’t always enough, it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, just getting out there and doing it works- just doing or following through with whatever you had planned for that day.
And sometimes it is really hard to do that, for me at least. Like today. I just seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I guess. I had my alarm set for 11am, had a paper due at 1pm, so I figured I’d give myself 2 hours to wake up, eat, shower, and print the paper. Well. That is what I planned, but that isn’t what actually ended up happening. Slept in. Woke up at 12:35 pm, my school is a 20 min drive, still hadn’t printed my essay out. I rushed into my car, sped down the highway to school, swiftly printed out my essay, looking terrible and all, and turned it in at 1:02pm exactly. I then left school and went home to try and start things again- I had plans to get work done the night before. I was motivated when I went to sleep, but the rest of my day today was just off. Started on the wrong foot and never really recovered like I wanted to. Lost motivation as the day progressed I guess.
Occasionally getting your day started correctly makes a world of difference. And then again, some days you’ll wake up feeling motivated, get off to a great start, and then hit a wall. What do you do when you hit that wall? Well, here is what I do.
Get a coffee. This may not work for everyone, but when I have ran out of motivation or willpower, something enjoyable to have while trying to do or complete the tasks I have on my schedule helps. I like coffee, so I usually get one and then go back to doing whatever it was I was doing in the first place (usually homework, studying, maybe trying to create a new project).
Change it up a bit. Kinda vague, but essentially I just change my environment or surroundings. If I’m at home doing some studying and I hit a wall, I usually will drive to a coffee shop or some new sit down place. Just kinda refreshes the scene, makes me feel energized. No idea if that one will work for you.
Think. As a thinking kind of guy, I usually think about a lot of hypothetical situations. Here is an example. Say I am working on a short documentary, and its day 3 and I’m already getting lazy and considering putting off script writing for another day. I start to imagine the end result a bit, I guess fantasize it, but that sounds weird. However doing this motivates me, as I remember what my work is for- I imagine the big picture, not just the brush strokes.
Wow, I only listed 3 things. Welp, guess that means I need to find more ways to get motivated. Kidding, as long as it works, I don’t need to fix it. I write this post because this was an issue I encountered today; and I know that many, many, many people face this issue daily. Motivation. We all need it, like a vitamin. Who doesn’t need motivation? People like Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, Vincent van Gogh, etc, wouldn’t have been so successful/remembered if it weren’t for motivation. They kept going, despite it being difficult for them as well. It is hard for all of us some days- thats the point.
Don’t use that as an excuse though. Any day can be a motivational day.
Thanks for reading
Luca DeJesu, 3:25 AM