I’ve been procrastinating. For two days I have been meaning to write this post. Several people asked me to. It is a topic I know a lot about. Good thing my boss is so understanding, because I have been completely unmotivated.
I mean every other option for how to spend my time has seemed so much better than actually writing this article. For that matter, sitting around on the couch has seemed pretty important this week. Sometimes being an entrepreneur is exhausting both mentally and physically. Occasionally I just run out of go.
You may be wondering what changed to finally get me motivated to finally write this piece. Technically, nothing changed. I do, however know a couple of secrets that allow me to be productive even when I’m not very motivated. The best part is that they apply to all kinds of unmotivated situations so you can use them to get to any of the things on your list.
When you find yourself not wanting to do something you need to do try this:
- Own the fact you don’t want to. When you first decide to put it off, do it in style. Write an outline of the thing you are not going to work on and all it’s components and say out loud that that is what you are not going to work on. In this case, I wrote the outline for the blog post and underlined the title, which started out as Motivation of course. Most of the time just starting in that way is enough to continue and get it done. If that doesn’t work add step 2.
- Recognize the need to percolate. With the outline out of the way, you may need to just sit with the idea for a bit. It will leak out when it is ready. So go about other business, work on the books, or make some calls. Even if that business is just watching a show or reading the paper, for awhile, just do something else. Then don’t forget to always do the next step.
- Connect the task to a goal. Figure out the why of it. I need to do this thing so that… In this case, keeping my word to my audience, so that they trust me and want to work with me and when they do they get amazing results and tell all their friends who will also want to work with me. This is another place you can use ridiculous memory and add that once all those people work with me I could buy a mountain if I want to. (I’m not really a beach person, so islands are out.)
- Always make it as fun as possible. I like a good cup of coffee and some music for most tasks that I don’t want to do. Make it as deadline driven as you need to – fake deadlines work wonders and can be tied to the ridiculous as well. If I don’t get this article written by the time I have to leave for my appointment, will have to drive all the way to Alaska to drop it off, and that will mess up my whole week.
Hope this helps, I have got to run. I’m almost late for my appointment now.