These posts (inspiring, motivating, fascinating) have slowly but surely become my favorite posts to write and publish. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go here and here! That led me to realize that if they are my favorite to write, then why don’t I write more of them, instead of brainstorming and trudging through something I’m skeptical on. So instead of once a month, I’m going to make this an every week type of thing. Right now I’m only writing one post a week, but I’m going to try to revisit the Tuesday/Thursday postings. You may have to bear with me and ignore that they’re actually posted Wed/Fri morning.
So like the title of this post says I am talking about personal motivation today. This is a subject in which I need some tough love. I have totally been in that rut where I’m half researching or writing and half binge watching a TV show/ listening to a podcast/ anything that pulls most of my attention span away. This creates a vacuum in which I say I’m working on something and then it takes nearly four times as long as it really should. For example, here I am at four in the morning, unable to sleep, writing a post that should have been written two days ago. What’s the big idea dude? Why haven’t you written your sh*t?
I think that knowing you have a problem is the first step to solving it or finding a solution. At my day job things go haywire or 9-1-1 and sometimes we panic. People tend to blame each other or complain about something hours after it’s happened. My workplace probably isn’t alone in this, but does any of that solve the problem? Is it an actual tangible solution? Short answer, no. The best way to handle those situations or the needed reaction is to put a plan in place. So what did I do in reaction to knowing I need to be the one to motivate myself? I read a book.
How to Get Shit Done
This is one of those books/ authors that I found through one of my favorite podcasts. Erin Falconer’s How to Get Shit Done is a book that I’ve had to push myself to get through. Not because it isn’t a fantastic book with a ton of really great information, but because the moment I found the book was probably one of my least motivated times. In yoga we talk about if a pose is hard or a if you’re not loving yin yoga then it’s your bodies way of telling you its something that you need; until you feel comfortable or at home in that pose, then you need to keep coming back to it. And that was my exact experience with this book. I needed it.
So clearly I have dreams and aspirations. I want to make this blog a consistent and semi successful thing. I want to write more books and either self publish or send them as submissions. I want to actually launch my etsy/ society and put energy into creating new patterns and marketing them. I want to give back to charity and donate time and money to worthy causes. I want to create my own line of journals/planners and encourage others to stay organized and inspired. This doesn’t even feel like I’m scratching the surface because it doesn’t include my day job or my relationship or goals I have for a personal family life. So what is my deal? Why can’t I just turn off the social media/streaming sites to build my brand? I honestly don’t think I have a solid enough answer for that, but what I do have is tools from this book to help me remedy this situation.
My Top Three
Now I’m not going to give you every ounce of feedback I had from this book, I want you to go and read this book as well. So what I usually will do when I break down a book/podcast/show I found inspiring/fascinating I’ll give you my top three.
My brain is usually going at 10,000 miles per minute. It makes focusing on the task at hand hard (also sleeping, haha.) This section of the book really resonated with me. It made me realize that I can incorporate tools I already have in my belt to help me in other aspects of my life. For example, I took a yoga teacher training course and in doing so learned a lot about meditation. I learned that I have a hard time just sitting still, being quiet, or calming my mind. When I’m focusing on a story or a blog post or even a design, I need to have a calmer headspace in order to really concentrate on the task at hand.
“I’m So Busy!”
This book did a really great job on clarifying that busyness doesn’t mean productive. I could write a list of 15 things I want to get done today and I’ll complain about being soooo busy. But then when I turn around and have 10 things checked off, there’s not a ton of tangible things that actually got done. I think really focusing that energy that you create with the meditation in a more productive way is what I’m aiming for; so that may mean that I get two things done today, but they are well thought out, properly executed and something that I can be proud of.
Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself
This might actually be the hardest one for me. I think that tough love can get you really far, especially when you’re talking to yourself. But on the other hand I don’t think its necessary for you to beat yourself up. Sometimes at my day job I compare myself to others and I can get really down. I need to remind myself that not everyone is in the same position, that markets are different even if they are 40 miles away and that one event that impacts me may not impact another.
That being said, tough love is still self love.
I have already recommended this book to a few women that I work with, and now I’m recommending it to you. There are self-quizzes that open your mind up to what makes you tick. There are sections that I’ve written down so I don’t forget them or can come back to them when I need that extra oomph. And then there are sections that I will probably be re-reading for some time to come.
If you like my inspiration/ fascination posting idea, let me know! If you think its garbage or have a better idea, then I’ll take that too. I know this post wasn’t very image heavy, and was on the wordier side so here is a congratulatory picture of my cats! Till next week!