As I have mentioned in the past, I can find it difficult to find motivation on a fairly regular basis. I think it is probably something that all of us deal with occasionally, but I think that with my career writing and writing in general, I notice the issue more. When I am having trouble getting motivated deadline are missed, articles aren’t written and videos aren’t produced. In this one man operation there is anyone to take up the slack when I am feeling less than motivated.
Today, though, was one of those days when I DID get quite a but done. I recorded, edited, uploaded and released the latest episode in my “In the garden…” video series. I also completed the editing on a complicated project which I hope is the premiere episode of a new video series on Artisanal Food. While these projects rendered and uploaded I even stuffed a few other tasks into the open spaces.
All this productivity got me thinking about the “motivation snowball.” It has always been true for me that if I can complete some task, even the smallest task, it can often lead the way to bigger and better things. I always imagine it like the tiniest piece of snow at the top of a hit. You kick it with your toe and this tiny piece rolls a short way downhill. A it rolls it gathers more snow — and more — and more– until, by the time it reaches the bottom of the incline it has grown into a huge boulder.
This is how motivation works for me. If I can get it started — move it past the point of inertia — I can accomplish a great deal. If you are having a difficult time getting started on a project, trying thinking about your own motivation snowball. What small task can get you started? Some days, it might be as simple as filling my first cup of coffee in the morning or sharpening some pencils. These initiating tasks can seem laughably small, but if they can get your started, why not take advantage of them?It simply a part of human nature that we sometimes have to trick ourselves into doing things, even when, intellectually, we know we NEED to do them. If you have having a difficult day, use whatever tricks help you to get the motivation snowball rolling!
Previously on End of the Day:
- Parenting, parties and curfews, oh my! – End of the Day for March 15, 2014
- Tempus fugit – End of the Day for March 14, 2014
- Long dark journey into the office – End of the Day for March 13, 2014
- Science and Cosmos – End of the Day for March 12, 2014
- Why should you blog, podcast and share? – End of the Day for March 11, 2014
- Two decades past – End of the Day for March 10, 2014
- A day trip to Ojai, but a world away in my mind – End of the Day for March 9, 2014
- A job that doesn’t exist…and that’s OK! – End of the Day for March 8, 2014
- Finding time and space to be a couple again – End of the Day for March 7, 2014
- Joseph Claude Welch –March 7, 1998 — End of the Day for March 6, 2014
- Food, Glorious, Food – End of the Day for March 5, 2014
- Oh let it be over! One more sneeze and I am going to scream! – End of the Day for March 4, 2014
- Why are you so mean? — End of the Day for March 3, 2014
- You have to believe to blog! — End of the Day for March 2, 2014
- School Days, Kindle Books and the Library — End of the Day for March 1, 2014
- End of the Day for February 2014
- End of the Day for January 2014