An incredibly productive week...
February 24, 2012 7:56am CST
I only worked Monday through Thursday this week (I am taking my vacation day today, woo hoo!) and I actually got WAY more done than normal during these four days at work. I caught the "motivation" bug, I kept telling everyone. I did a lot of housekeeping at work, took out the several bags of trash everyone seems to avoid/be afraid of, did a couple month's worth of marketing, mopped the entire back of the store and vaccuumed it as well (we have a HUGE store! Took forever), did a supplies run, and took care of a few issues with customers we have been putting off. Of course, as soon as I get home, that same motivation is gone. SO - I am trying hard - in between Mylot discussions to size laundry for the homeless (I have an event coming up tomorrow), as well as do my dad's laundry and my own... Do you ever find that you are totally motivated at work, but when you come, in an instant, that changes, and you are totally lazy and unmotivated? Or are you the opposite way?
• South Africa
25 Feb 12
Wow, I hope your motivation 'bug' was of the highly infectious sort - and many got infected with it. We can all do with better motivation. For me, I have always been a very internally motivated person - but lately, I am less so. My doctor diagnosed me with burnout as I was just doing too many things at one time for example, studying full-time, working-full time, traveling and volunteer work. Now, my energy just needs to be restored so I am pretty lazy right now, actually. More out of necessity than anything - I am just exhausted. However, because I enjoy what I do, I do find that I get very excited when I think about certain projects or so. Right now it is more about getting my vitamins, exercising, getting my home in order etc...basic 101 stuff. Lastly, I can just say for me, as this is a very personal experience...I find that my motivation is always changing, it is never constant but it is somehow always THERE, as long as I am being TRUE to myself. It is hard for me to stay motivated when doing something that I do not enjoy. I feel Life is too short for that.
• United States
26 Feb 12
Did you know nobody can stay motivated when they are doing something that they dont enjoy? Even the geniuses of society would burnout if they did too man things at once I think. I might be wrong, but I am pretty dang sure about this. What I do is I only do things I enjoy so for school, I pick at least two classes a semester to study that I absolutely love. Course I dont work yet, and I will soon, which helps a lot, but I think you definitely have to have a strong desire to do something, and know you are going to get there (or at least start by trying) and that will push you. I have studied motivation first hand and impossible things are always those things that we do not want to do. If you want to do something, but are drained by it, you definitely do not want it.
• United States
24 Feb 12
I say motivation comes from within, in my experience. So to always be motivated, as I am, I constantly put myself in a position that I can use to be happy/enjoy something. This makes it so that you dont burnout, and motivation lingers for quite a long time (talking never ending motivation). And its not the vibrant, hyper motivation feeling, its a slightly more than neutral happy feeling I seek out every second of the day. havent had oen bad day in about a year, except for when I pushed myself into teh ground hard, and that stressed me out and took away the happiness I was used to so that I was really afraid, and felt like I was falling behind in my work (school work) constantly until I was able to start feeling better. Hope this helps :)
• United States
24 Feb 12
Funnily enough, motivation rather comes and goes. There are times where some days I'm motivated in everything, some days I'm motivated in one area in my life but not feeling it in others. And other days, I just really can't be bothered. Of course, I dread those days where I really can't be bothered, because they are truthfully an obstacle to a productive lifestyle. Weeks have flown by where I have to slap myself in the face and just tell myself to really get with this thing. Many times I've just stared at something that I have to do, trying to summon up the will power to really get it done and it is something that I have to coax myself through, step by step, inch by inch until it is rather done. Motivation wavers but there have been times where something has been lit under me and I get a lot done.