How I plan to get my motivation back

This is more a stream of consciousness post than anything else.

So I’ve taken a couple of days off posting. I announced on Twitter I decided to stop doing Blogmas because I’ve just been so busy. I did Blogtober two months ago and was very overwhelmed by how much I had to do that month and this month was even more hectic. I told myself at the beginning that if at any point I was thinking it’s too much that I’d stop and I’m actually really proud of myself for sticking with that instead of just random posts.

These last couple days I’ve also been really unmotivated. My brain has been going every which way and I haven’t been able to focus on anything for too long unless I see an immediate payoff. I know I do posts about productivity and time management quite a bit but none of those things matter if you don’t have the motivation to do anything.

Then I came across this tweet:

Screenshot_2019-12-18 DAN KOE ( thedankoe) Twitter

The answers can change but this really got me thinking about how far you can go if you put your mind to it and kind of gives more direction when you start thinking about the larger goals. I’m definitely going to keep this in mind and write down the answers.

But sometimes just thinking about goals doesn’t help. Sometimes thinking about the future can be overwhelming. Just as looking up motivational quotes and looking at the Instagrams and videos of people who inspire you can have the opposite effect. And that’s the point I’m at right now. I also really have to get back on track before the new year so here’s the plan:

  1. List everything I need to do the rest of Dec, Jan/Feb, end of 2020, and goals for 2025 (I’m going to be honest there’s a 99% chance the 2025 ones will change but just to get myself thinking of where I could go). December is going to be a lot of life stuff but the rest I’m going to do professional and fitness.
  2. Make a plan. I want to put together a plan of what workouts to do what days, what lessons to get done with and how many quality job applications to do each day. This helps with creating actionable and reasonable goals.
  3. Put my app timers back on and cut some back. My phone has app timers included and I have them set for a reasonable amount of time. I haven’t gotten kicked off an app in months and have still wasted so much time on my phone. I’m going to cut them back as well as make it go gray-scale after 8:30 pm again to get to sleep faster.
  4. Get back to the gym. I’ve found when I’m physically in good shape my mind is a lot more with it and I think I’m finally over my cold. I’m going to start going to the gym again this weekend. This also helps with my sleep schedule.
  5. Morning study sessions. Hopefully if I can get my sleep back on schedule I can go back to my beloved morning sessions. It’s so hard for me to pay attention to things after work. I honestly have no clue why. I tell myself I’ll do something and hours later I still haven’t done that one thing.

I don’t know if this will help or just overwhelm me more but at this point I haven’t even been going through the motions to try to get back on track but I think taking some time to plan out my upcoming days and get excited about life and changes will help a ton.

How do you get your motivation back?

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