It happens to the best writers at some point in time: a stack of content, blog posts, or other things to write, and somehow you just can’t find the motivation to do anything but grab some snacks and veg in front of the television for a few hours.
What do you do in order to find that second wind to carry on and make a dent in the pile that separates you from your desired end result? There are several tricks you can try.
Set a Goal
I tend to make a game of things when it comes to writing. When I was working on a recent project that required a particular section to have a minimum of 10,000 words, I decided rather than look at that number as a daunting task, to break it down to a smaller, more tolerable workload.
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If I could write 2,000 words, I’d give myself a break for an hour or two to relax and recharge. You’ll find yourself to be more productive and motivated if you have something to shoot for.
There is no set rulebook for how and when you should write. If you’re struggling to figure out what to do, take a minute to gather your thoughts and write them down. There’s no such thing as a stupid or dumb idea to write about.
While you may not think some of the things you’ve come up with are worth taking the time to expound on right now, if you come back to the list later you may be surprised with what you have to work with.
If you’ve got multiple projects to do and you bring yourself to work on a particular one, set it aside and work on something different that you feel you can complete.
The sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a task makes you feels good and will help spur you to get work done on the one that was causing issues.
Sometimes being able to focus on something else and coming back to it later is all you need to feel reenergized.
Call on Moral Support
There are times when you can’t drag yourself through five words on a topic, much less 5,000. You feel like they may as well have tasked you with writing “War and Peace.” Instead of letting negative vibes kick in and crush any positive momentum, you may have, take a few minutes and talk to a good friend, spouse, fellow writer, or family member.
Sometimes just venting or talking about what you’re working on can lead to a new fountain of motivation. Everyone has different perspectives and ideas about a topic; why not hear what someone else has to say and see if it motivates you?
Take a Break:
If all else fails, where you simply can’t get yourself moving in the right direction, get up and walk away from the computer. Take a stroll outside, shoot some hoops, take a quick ride on your bike or in your car, whatever it is that helps you clear your head in order to get back to it.
It may not seem productive to take 30 minutes away from the slew of tasks with your name on it but in the end, you’ll be ready to get back to business and finish up what needs to be done. Make sure you limit how long your break is; otherwise you risk losing the day.
What techniques do you usually employ when it comes to dealing with flagging motivation?
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