…And I have had major problems in the past trying to get some of it.
I am sure we can all agree – motivation is something we have lacked at one point in time or another. I know that for me at least, it is something that I lack a lot of, very often. It seemed like whenever I wasn’t being plagued by writer’s block, I just didn’t seem to want to write. Over the years, I have been searching for a way to motivate myself, but I am pretty sure I just figured out how to this afternoon.
As with all things, we are all motivated in different ways, so there is (sadly) no cure-all way to fix demotivation, but here is what I did to motivate myself today.
I have always convinced myself that I liked a messy environment, and maybe that’s true, but when it reaches the point of foot-tall piles and impossible-to-find pencils, I think that’s a bit too far.
I also have a bit of a hoarding problem. It’s not as bad as what you see on TV, but I have some items and useless scraps of what-not that I just cannot bring myself to get rid of. So, using my creative mind, I finally decide to start scrapbooking. Attacking my piles, I went through and separated then into three basic piles: “Things to Scrapbook”, “Crap I Can Get Rid of”, and “Back to the Pile!”
It probably doesn’t seem very effective, seeing as I had a pile of things to go back into piles, but I surprised even myself at how much my piles had dissipated. I had taken my multiple, foot-tall piles and reduced them into only one, couple inch pile!
After that, I started my scrapbooking project and put all my cluttering memorabilia into an album. Besides being able to de-clutter and create something cool out of my junk, I actually enjoyed scrapbooking and it helped break up my small bit of writer’s block, so that’s a plus!
I read a book:
If there is a panacea for all writing problems, I am sure that reading is it. Reading has always cleared my mind and stimulated my creativity, therefore upping my motivation as well. I had been reading a great book for a couple of days and so when I finished it this morning, my routine end-of-a-good-book feeling of ambition settled in. I mean, reading is really motivational, but when I finish a good book, I always want to do something amazing myself.
I went outside:
Breathing some fresh air and moving around a bit will always get your mind happy and your creativity itching. I guarantee, unless you have some sort of unfettered hatred of the outdoors, going for a walk will never stifle your motivation. (Or creativity for that matter!)
I talked to a friend:
Now, you have to be a bit careful with this one. Talking with a friend will most often make me feel happy and ready to do something, but if the conversation strays to the depressing or stressful, and motivation I had gained previously will disappear in a flicker.
Luckily, today I was able to stay away from the aforementioned topics and have a very uplifting talk with a newly acquired friend of mine.
To sum this post up in a couple of words, Happiness = Motivation.
The things I mentioned were all simple things that made me happy, so whatever makes you happy will most likely motivate you. However, one thing to keep in mind is to stay away from screens. I know that for me, browsing YouTube often makes me really happy, but for some reason, staring at a screen too long makes me feel pretty lethargic.
All in all, the one thing that is guaranteed to work is just getting done what you need to get done. Just sit down and write, or clean your room, or whatever is important at the moment. I assure you, once you get started, it is so much easier to continue.
So, to quote Nike’s motto: “Just do it.”
P.S. I am back! I have finally arrived home from Debate camp, and I must say, I had a BLAST while I was there. I do have to admit though: I actually arrived back home on Sunday, but I have haven’t written a post until today. Don’t hate me! I can lie and say that I’ve been busy, but the truth is, I am having my “monthly lady issues” so cut me some slack. 😉 Thank you for all your support guys, and just to reassure you, I will be picking up my normal writing schedule today, so no worries, there will be a post tomorrow and the day after that and so on and so forth. Happy summer!