Apr 15

Staying Motivated #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z

‘M is for Motivation | Positive & Inspired Living A to Z’

It is said that with the right motivation, one can accomplish anything. However, motivation is not magical fairy dust, which is going to be sprinkled on us  by our fairy god mother. Neither  does it come in a bottle. There is no green pill for it. But it is something that we can tap into by design, and harness to our benefit if we only work at it.Motivation

I recently went through a phase where I just could not find the motivation to write. This befuddled me, as I love to write. But then something had changed. I was used to writing at leisure and whenever the mood struck. Then I signed up for the AtoZ ( a daily blogging challenge) and lo and behold – I now had to write 26 posts within a month. It might not seem like a lot to many of you. But for me it was WAY more than I was used to writing. So after a crash, where I just stopped writing altogether for a week, I regrouped and set in place a plan of action and actually followed through –

  1. I wrote down on a piece of paper the reason I signed up for this challenge and kept it in front of me where I could see it daily – especially where I sat down to write. This worked like a charm. As it happens, the thing that motivated me to register, was enough motivation to continue. I just needed a visual reminder on a daily basis.
  2. I set daily (flexible) and weekly (rigid) goals, and divided the work into small manageable sections. I just worked with 2 posts at a time and kept my mind off the number 26.
  3. I got off social media. I spent way too much time on Facebook- accomplishing absolutely nothing. I restricted my social media time to 15 minutes twice per day. This was probably the most difficult thing to accomplish on this list.
  4. I also rewarded myself (a little too generously) for accomplishing my goals. The only reward that I did not give myself is time off till I completed the project.

When I did the above things, I was more productive and efficient with my time, and was able to complete my write-ups before the deadline*. I hope some of the things I mentioned will work for you too, especially if you are experiencing a similar slack during AtoZ.

Have you ever found yourself lacking in motivation to complete a project? What is your go-to strategy to stay the course and reach the finish line?

Lots of Love


*In this case the deadline I had set for myself to complete writing the posts was March 31st.

This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.


  1. I’m Motivated to finish the #AtoZChallenge!

    –Mee (The Chinese Quest)
    Mee Magnum recently posted…“L” is for Lo Mein #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2ZMy Profile

  2. Well, you did all the right things to get you going and to stay motivated. And the reward is visible to all, but primarily to you. Happy I read this post today, I need to get back my energy and motivation to finish a project I have been working on for a while now. Hopefully soon 🙂 Thanks for this writeup.
    Beloo Mehra recently posted…Being Two, and in Other NewsMy Profile

  3. Great post – thank you! (I also spend too much time on FaceBook)
    Alison Williams recently posted…#AtoZChallenge: L is for Let it goMy Profile

  4. You motivate me 🙂
    Soumya recently posted…Bangalore’s Night LifeMy Profile

  5. It happened with me last year during A to Z! I had just started blogging and I had signed up for this challenge without thinking. But when I started writing, that too sticking to the theme, the task seemed so difficult that I wanted to give up! But the little voice in me refused to listen to it and phew! The challenge was finally completed. But following steps like you did, I don’t think I can discipline myself enough to do that!
    Swathi Shenoy recently posted…My Soul to StealMy Profile

  6. Shantala, I think I am going through a low phase these days, as I just don’t know what to write about! Reading your post, and doing something about spending time on FB, should really help me! Thanks a ton for the motivation! 🙂
    Shilpa Gupte recently posted…Inspiration.My Profile

  7. That’s motivating, Shantala. I will make an action plan after I get back to wherever we are going next. My plans for atoz has disrupted because of poor internet connection and I allowed myself to fall into that excuse of not having connection. (I could have written down the posts on my note at least.) Anyways, your post has motivated me to get on track again. Good going dear. 🙂
    Vinitha recently posted…Life Taught Lessons – M #AtoZchallengeMy Profile

  8. It seems you have written the story of my life in Mar and Apr 2015 :-))
    Ruchi Singh recently posted…Marigold OptimismMy Profile

  9. I also had to cut off Facebook and other social media while writing for A to Z. They consume so much time without us even noticing.
    Rajlakshmi recently posted…Feeling Mermaid’y todayMy Profile

  10. I write every night and post my article in the morning. This year I could not schedule my posts as my pet is very sick, she needs constant tending to and care. Since my theme is her, I am motivated to write her story.

  11. LOL! I’m motivated to finish the #AtoZChallenge – but guess what? As a result, my Work In Progress has ground to a halt! I guess you can’t have it every way!
    Shirley Corder recently posted…M is for Mother CityMy Profile

  12. Making a list or keeping a quote in front of me definitely helps. I have a white-board near my regular writing space that helps keep me on track for most of my writing goals. I’ve also found that using a timer can help.

    This is a timely post for mid-A to Z! Thanks for sharing!
    Tyrean Martinson recently posted…A to Z: M CelebrationsMy Profile

  13. I have gone off blogging many months because of lack of motivation but something always makes me come back. I was not sure that I would participate in the challenge this year but I wanted to see if I had it in myself to write a novella. And I have some pretty supporting blogger friends who inspire me to write better 🙂

  14. Lists work best for me. They serve as setting goals, help in reminding when I stray and help to review too. And yes, staying off Facebook while I writing my posts enhances productivity big time!
    Shilpa Garg recently posted…M is for Misunderstanding #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2ZMy Profile

  15. I struggled with blogging. I had no motivation to write. I think it was this challenge that MADE me write. Maybe the challenge was my motivation…for this month at least!
    Laura @ We Really Got This recently posted…M is for Minions!My Profile

  16. Oh yes, I sure know this phase. Have been through it. Good you got your motivation back 🙂
    Jyotsna Bhatia recently posted…M – MyselfMy Profile

  17. Yes, definitely been there – and I think your tips are great. Lists work for me too, and I know deep inside that writing is what makes me happy – so rediscovering my motivation always helps:-) Great post:-)
    Eli recently posted…M for MomentsMy Profile

  18. I loved that quote and your post was encouraging! Glad you got back to writing with A to Z else I would not have got the chance to come over this awesome blog of yours. 🙂
    Parul recently posted…M for MarriageMy Profile

  19. Great post and perfect timing for it! Right in the middle of A toZ. So glad you found your motivation! I did my posts also, beforehand because I knew I’d be volunteering to help with the A to Z, so I wanted my posts done so I could spend more time visiting blogs. Thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for tweeting about the “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” blog, because I found her from your tweet and really loved her blog! People like you on the A to Z motivate me! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com
    Lisa Buie-Collard recently posted…A to Z Blogging Challenge – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and ManateesMy Profile

  20. I’m glad you stayed motivated to keep up with this challenge Shantala as I appreciate your writing (and I’m sure I’m not the only one)! 🙂 I think all the tips you offer are great if they work for you and it seems they could be great advice for me and others too! 😉 <3
    elly stornebrink recently posted…#A to Z Challenge: M is for MusicMy Profile

  21. I love today’s quote. Even those of us who have been doing A to Z for a number of years have those moments where we ask ourselves ‘why am I doing this to myself’ but just like you we have to look at the rewards. So glad you’re here.

  22. Sometimes it takes action to get the motivation going, not the other way around.

  23. Motivation is definitely needed daily. To keep up with the challenge, I created the goal of turning it into a book when I’m finished.
    Kimberly Gauthier recently posted…Making Raw Feeding More Affordable, Balanced and EasierMy Profile

  24. Great quote! Yes, social media can be deadly to accomplishing other things. And yes, having to do something vs. doing it leisurely is another challenge!
    Courtney Turner (@mauijungalow) recently posted…Map of Maui and Directions, Insider Tips on “How to Get Around Like A Local”My Profile

  25. That’s a solid plan on getting work done. Kudos to you. I may have to borrow the idea.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee’s Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  26. I can so relate to your post. Self-motivation is the best, but again easier said than done. I used to blog my novel as series to keep writing, even though I had only a handful of regular readers. But then, with no publisher in sight for thirteen years, how else to stay motivated to write? For A-Z, I began planning in February. I put together a list of A-Z characters I wanted to blog about on Indian Mythology (psst.. my list is still incomplete) though I had decided to borrow from Grimms’ Fairy tales and European mythology if I could not manage locally. I had a deadline for March 15 to complete the posts. Well, I finished at least 14 posts by then.
    Lovely post Shanaya! Hope you didn’t mind my looong comment 🙂

  27. What an ideal time to read this! Thanks and yes, being off FB is a great advice to finish your goals! 😀
    Shalini recently posted…Forever alone No more- OMy Profile

  28. Wonderful execution, Shanaya. It’s nice to see how you caught hold of yourself to come back with a bang. 🙂 Yes, there are times when I feel demotivated. When I do feel that way, I instantly try to figure out what’s bothering me really and brain storm to fix it. If it is something that I can fix, then I go about how to accomplish it. If not then I stop worrying myself about it. Thanks for those great tips on how to keep our focus on track for blogging challenges ! 🙂
    Eloquent Mind recently posted…Oxygen #AtoZChallengeMy Profile

  29. This quote is my favourite and thank you for sharing… to remain motivated, I try and make a list of things to accomplish and its easier for me to just tick as I keep completing the task.
    G Angela recently posted…N – For National ParkMy Profile

  30. I might need to use your tips for some of my uni assignments. It’s hard to stay motivated and I’m easily distracted by the blog and social media!
    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted…M is for Mageirocophobia #atozchallengeMy Profile

  31. I am impressed by your motivation. I have been motivated to do a post every day, but life filled my time so I was unable to visit other blogs for a few days. Today I am working on motivating myself to get fit, but after 7 minutes heavy cardio I nearly collapsed and realised I need to simply dance as enforced cardio makes me sick. I am better at motivation, but do get distracted by Facebook and also by invites to go play in the world lol
    Kelly Martin recently posted…M Is For MAGICALMy Profile

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