Motivation is a cycle that needs to be replenished from time to time. Some days we feel it, and other days we struggle to get it. Staring at the screen monitor while trying to write, create, design or develop but instead finding myself browsing other websites, or watching Netflix (lol).
I’ve been planning on writing an update on this blog many times, for months… oh no, a year to be exact. But it’s not easy when I’m feeling uninspired and unmotivated. A lot of things can make you feel unmotivated. But this emotional state I’m feeling mostly because of being stuck for a long time.
Added on the situation our world is facing, and our country has been under so many restrictions. Sigh. It’s not a very motivating environment to be in at the moment. You can check out the data in COVIDNOW by the Malaysian government. It’s not a good number for us Malaysian and it’s still a long time before we can freely travel.
When the world is normal and no Covid-19, I can have a changing environment like working at Starbucks, hotels (whenever I follow my husband outstation), and my sister house in another state. Since I’m a freelancer and I don’t have my own office, I’m looking forward to a change of scenery.
Needless to say, I’m feeling uninspired for months and here is what I do to make changes and feeling motivated in the current situation. I hope to share with you guys and also a reminder for myself later if I slip back to the cycle.
Organise daily life
The first thing is to evaluate our daily routine. Make a to-do list. That includes house chores and a working list, then prioritise. A manageable daily routine will keep us productive.
So, let’s get organised people.
Maintain a routine and stick to a schedule
Having a routine will make us feel more prepared for the day. It also helps reduces stress because the situation is more controllable and predictable, thus benefit our mental and physical health.
To better help in preparing our routine and schedule, use a calendar. Sometimes the old way is better. Apps are great, but they will drive you crazy with the ping and snooze. Either way, both a great for productivity.
Control the possible
Don’t worry about things you can’t control or change. Some things are within our control, and some are not. Evaluate things that we can have control over such as our efforts and attitude. Don’t allow ourselves to become so emotionally entangled which can paralyze our progress. We’ll be much more effective when we put our energy into things that we can control.
Create positive vibes and avoid negativity
Staying positive will give us positive motivation, and we’ll be more productive. While negativity will limit our potential, and it’s not good for our mental health. I’ve read somewhere that stress is contagious. Thus we need to avoid negative vibes.