It’s the last week of the first month in this new year (like, whoa) and for as pumped as I was for 2014, I’m oddly feeling very unmotivated. I literally just Googled “lost mojo” and plan to read many of the links that appeared about what to do to get it back. But more than getting it back, I want to know why I feel a lack of carpe diem spirit in the first place…
I tend to work my hardest when I feel unsatisfied or unsettled—the times when I have been the most busy and overloaded where when there was a voice in the back of my head saying, “You know you could be doing better.” Furious work activity and lack of sleep seemed worth it to feed the beast and keep me from beating myself up. From the moment I got Blue Moonbeam, I felt my priorities shift and spending time with him was more important than time in front of the computer. As soon as the holidays were over I felt a huge sense of relief, like I had passed a deadline or just passed a difficult test. And when the new year chimed in I felt so great about it. What I’ve started to pinpoint is that for the first time in a long time I am so, so content and happy with my little life…the feeling of total satisfaction is so foreign that I didn’t really realize it was what had changed my work ethic.
But now I fret that my content with how great things are has suppressed my motivation and added to my habit of procrastination. It’s not that I’m necessarily uninspired, just that I would rather relax and do nothing versus tackling emails and being ahead schedule on projects. Last week I came up with the following ways to jump-start my desire to do work-related things (which doesn’t include reading my latest book, napping on the floor with Blue, or hanging out with my friends) and all I’ve come up with was: 1) drink more coffee, 2) bribe and reward myself, and 3) schedule all minutes of my day with detailed lists of tasks and to-do’s. I like the idea of option number one and think it’s the most reasonable way to psychologically psych myself up throughout the day, but I wanted to ask you all: what do you do to stay motivated? When you feel like you’re in a slump, how to you reignite the drive to jumpstart again? Any tried and true suggestions for reinvigorating the mojo? I know you are all a bunch of intelligent, sweet women and I have a feeling that many of you have gone through (or are experiencing right now) the same feelings I’m having. It’s hard not to be critical of our drive and work ethic when we demand so much from ourselves, isn’t it?
This post was supposed to publish at 5:00am CST this morning and should have been written last night. It’s now 11:45am CST and I just hit “publish.” Hard evidence that I need your help in hitting the pavement and motivating myself!
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