Posted by cubic_me on February 10, 2007, at 13:10:06
In reply to How Do You Motivate Yourself?, posted by Phillipa on February 10, 2007, at 11:38:34
I have a major problem with this, and it's one of the things my Therapist and I have set down as a therapy goal.
Sometimes I just procrastonate (sometimes for months, especially paperwork and anything involving phonecalls) and sometimes I just can't get motivated to do anything at all.
My best strategy is to link up with someone else, so I'll say 'why don't we do that exercise video/revision/track down our tutor... at X o'clock?' and then I'm committed, I have to do it because someone expects me to do it. Failing that, I tell someone I'm going to so something (like clean the kitchen or sort my bills or whatever) and I know they could ask me about it and I'd feel stupid if I haven't done it!
Another thing that helps is to pick a time when I'm 'on the go' already, like when I've just got home from work. I'm already upright (if I sit down I'm doomed to an evening of doing nothing) and things don't seem as much of an effort. I think there's a saying 'If you want something done, get a busy person to do it', and I seem to work better busy.
Is there anything that you'd rather do than clean? Cleaning isn't the most motivating of things! If you have to clean, why not tell yourself when you've don 20mins of cleaning you can have a reward (a coffee, watch a tv programme or whatever) - I tend to do that when I'm revising or writing an essay.
I hope you find some motivation soon, and if you do, can you pass a litle bit to me please?!