Balanced Life: Motivating Yourself

Workout. Shower. Run to the grocery store with both kids in tow. Do the dishes. Write a blog post. Spend 10 minutes on Facebook. Get off Facebook. Make dinner. Give the kids baths. Do the dishes, again. Put the kids to bed. Collapse from exhaustion.

Everyday seems filled to the brim. There is hardly a moment to even breath let alone relax. So when we get those spare times, how do we motivate ourselves to still be productive?

I’m working on a book. I’ve been trying to be a serious writer for the past year, and I’m still working on it. The hardest thing about writing and editing is finding the time. As a blogger and an active participant in social media, it makes the job of actually sitting down to write and edit an even bigger task.

When I get those spare moments all I want to do it watch a show or read my book or just take it easy. I love my book, I enjoy working on it every time I sit down. It’s just finding the motivation to do it.

Here are a few tips that have helped me in times of extreme laziness.

Reward Yourself

Sometimes I sit down at the computer intending to write and instead I find myself reading blogs. In the back of my mind I’m telling myself that I really need to be working on my book, and yet, I still continue to read. There comes a point where I have to motivate myself out of the blogosphere.

I’ll stretch my arms then say, “You can have a handful of gummy bears, but only if you’re writing.” I’ll click the browser closed, stand up and get my gummy bears. I’ll set them next to me on the desk, but I won’t touch them until I’ve opened the document and started writing. Then I have to keep writing in order to earn more gummy bears. By the time the handful is gone, I’m enjoying writing enough that I don’t stop.

 

Have a Time Limit

Luckily for writers there are sites like Write or Die that will not only time you, but will start erasing your words if your hands leave the keyboard for too long. It’s quite the motivation to get something done. If only there were apps that timed you to clean house then dirtied things up again if you stopped. But alas, there is no such motivation. Therefore, we must time ourselves.

If you really ¬†want to relax, you can. After you spend a half hour doing something that you need to do. Set the timer on your watch, your phone, or oven. Doesn’t matter, just know that you are racing against the clock to get whatever it is that needs doing, done.

The best part about this is that when that buzzer sounds you can stop. You can dust your hands off and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Then you can be as lazy as you want. Because, hey, you just accomplished something.

Motivating yourself is never an easy task, but it can be done. We just need to find a method that pushes us forward and do it.

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