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Need Motivation?

Motivation and I have never been friends.
Just ask my mum, who spent my childhood years prodding me to tidy my room, my teenage years nagging me to do my homework and my university years begging me to pack my bags more than an hour before I was due to go back for the new term. Or you could ask my friends at uni who would take themselves off to the library to study for our finals for eight hours a day while I struggled to pull myself out of bed before lunchtime.

I know at the end of the day though, that when I need to, I focus.

I know that I work best with a deadline. Not only do I work faster, I work better and produce better results.

I got my room tidy, my homework done, my bags packed and a great degree.

So many of us feel bad about ourselves when we struggle to get motivated. We compare ourselves to people who lead busy, frantic lives, filling their time with productivity and purpose.  But being busy doesn’t mean you’re happy, and maybe it’s just important to accept the way you are.

I’ve come to realise that some days I have to just accept the lack of motivation, whether I’m trying to work, or just trying to get out of bed at the weekend and do something with the day. It’s OK some days to give in to it and not feel awful about that. Beating myself up for it just makes me less motivated the day after, and the day after that.

If I give in to it and let myself do the ‘nothing’ that I crave so much, it’ll pass, I’ll get bored naturally and I’ll find myself motivated and productive without any effort at all. It doesn’t usually take long – usually just a day.

So these days, rather than trying to force myself to be something I’m not, I listen to my mood, get more done and am happier for it. Of course there are times when you can’t just take a day off while you wait for motivation to return – but that’s something to write about another day…

Originally published on my previous website on 6/5/2017

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