Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
Let’s face it; you wouldn’t be procrastinating if you didn’t have a good reason for doing so.
“Most of the important things in the world have
been accomplished by people who have kept on
trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
– Dale Carnegie
Right now you might be a little frustrated.
Perhaps people keep pointing out mistakes in your work or maybe you just can’t find your voice. Don’t get disheartened. One day you will
look back on this phase and smile with affection.
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Every child is an artist, the
problem is staying an artist when you grow up – Pablo Picasso
I don’t know if this has happened to you too (yet, I bet it has), but many times in the past I used to find myself procrastinating throughout the day, though I really love what I do. Deep inside I wanted
to create new projects, but I felt tied down by daily routine, and I had very little time to think in a different and creative way. Every day I used to promise
myself, “Today I will focus on this and that.” But too bad, I couldn’t keep that promise. Something else always needed my immediate attention. Talk about multitasking. My priorities were never set on what I wanted to create. It was at that moment I realized that my creativity has been blocked. Instead of investing my time in things that inspire me, I was merely spending it doing just the normal thing all day long. This spoiled my energy and made me exhausted, disoriented and in a negative mood that not only left me far from being inspired, but also caused me to lose my focus on the creative things that were of importance to me.
Anything worth doing, is worth doing well – Steve Jobs
For those of you who never procrastinate,
distract yourself or drag your feet when you
should be doing something important, this isn’t for you (the perfectionist I guess).
But for the rest of us humans, who work towards perfection and try to get the best and having library of motivational boosters to
move us on is really good.
To be honest, I believe the best way to stay motivated, is to organize your life so you don’t have to allow your plans fall through. How do I mean? The idea is that explicit Motivational techniques should be a backup, not
your regular routine. Which means you could use them occasionally. Therefore, work at getting motivated through these three techniques (which I guess you know).
Here are some things to consider in making those plans of yours flow more naturally. I call them the “PHB” techniques.
Nothing makes you exceptional as giving yourself to what you know how to do best.
Do things you have a passion for. We all have to do things we don’t want to (it kind of happens) But if
life has become a chronic source of dull chores, then you’ve got a big problem that needs fixing.
2. Habits. You can’t put everything on autopilot.
But I’ve found putting a few core habits in place creates a structure for the day. Waking
up at the same time, working at the same times and having a similar productive routine
makes things look easier.
With the name, it’s obvious to what this means. You have to try and keep all your tasks at hand in equilibrium– a state where everything is equal. Though
there are many factors that go into producing this state, having the right challenge level is a
big part. Find ways to tweak your tasks so they hover in that sweet spot between boredom and maddening frustration.
Stay motivated! Is there something I missed? How do you stay motivated, what inspires you too?
See you at the top.