Recently I sat down at my laptop to write. I had my day planned out. I knew what had to be done.
So what did I do? Nada, nothing, zero!
I guess you could call it a procrastinating lapse. It was however a bit more complicated than just procrastination. I had no motivation. No enthusiasm. In a nutshell I did no work at all that day.
So what did I do after several attempts at trying to get some work done?
I gave up and took the day off.
Humm… probably not the outcome you were expecting. It wasn’t what I had expected either.
To make up for it (or at least try to) I did work Sunday and Monday (which was a public holiday here).
Knowing full well I’m not the only person who occasionally has this issue, I thought I would see what advice was on offer for staying motivated despite feeling anything but.
I’m sure these tips will come in very handy next time.
Freelance Folder – Ten tips to stay motivated – Even when you don’t feel like working
Entrepreneurs Journey – How to remain productive when you feel like giving up
Quips and Tips – Tips for staying motivated
Zen Habits – 16 Ways to get motivated when you are in a slump
Daily Writing Tips – Seven things to do when you don’t feel like writing
Procrastinating Writers – See how easily you can motivate yourself
I think my favorite one comes from Brian Clark over at Copyblogger. He sums it up perfectly.
Copyblogger – Become a better writer
I hope these links can help you be productive and motivated.
It’s important to remember that some days, it’s okay to take some time off as well.
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I think we all have those days. Sometimes you can’t get anything done no matter how hard you try. I look at it like writing music. Musicians are paid to write songs by a certain time because of contracts, but true works of art come by inspiration not contract nation.