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.
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 –
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
*In this case the deadline I had set for myself to complete writing the posts was March 31st.
*This post is written for the AtoZChallenge.
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