If you were to ask me what I considered to be the hardest part about blogging, I would probably tell you that it’s the constant need for creativity.
Being a blogger doesn’t leave you a lot of room for uninspired days. From writing to brainstorming to photography, just about every aspect of blogging requires a heaping dose of creativity. And that’s perfectly fine…on most days. Usually, I’m able to get myself feeling excited and creative and energized enough to tackle whatever tasks I have in front of me.
However, not every day is one of those days. Sometimes I wake up feeling unmotivated, uninspired, and unwilling to get going on my work for the day. And on those days, creative thinking becomes the last thing I want to do.
But since I can’t totally abandon my responsibilities just because I don’t feel like following through with them, there are some measures I take in order to make the most of those days, and today I thought I would share them.
Just keep planning
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a pretty regimented person. I like to have things planned out before I do them. I like knowing that I’ll spend 9 a.m. working on blog post ideas and 10 a.m. taking a run and 11 a.m. getting some shopping done (a.k.a. time-blocking).
I could keep going, but I think you get the picture. I like when things have order.
By keeping up with that structure and order, I find that it’s easier to stay motivated even when I don’t feel motivated. It gives me an odd sense of relief to know exactly when I should be working on something. And it also makes it a whole lot easier to stay focused. When I have a plan, I don’t feel constant, unrelenting need to be doing 20 different things at once. It allows me to devote all of my time and energy into a single task, which becomes a life-saver on uninspired days.
My simply philosophy is this: When in doubt, plan.
Know your best times
Another thing I find really important to staying motivated is keeping in mind when I work best and use that to my advantage.
We all have specific points in the day when we feel our most invigorated. For me, that motivation usually comes about 10 minutes after I’ve had my first cup of morning coffee. It’s when my head is clearest, and I feel the best prepared to tackle the day.
Knowing this about myself, I try and make sure that I schedule my toughest tasks right at that time. That way I can make sure I get them done as best as possible.
Take (a plethora of) breaks
When I’m not feeling motivated, I like to take lots of breaks. Breaks are good for you. I don’t think I need to expound on that statement too much, but we all can use the reminder every now and then.
Take breaks. Give yourself the chance to unwind. Sometimes the best way to get yourself motivated is to relax and recharge.
That concludes this post! It’s a short one, I know. But I haven’t had a lot of blogging time this week, and I felt bad about missing last Sunday. Besides, a short post is better than no post, right? Either way, I’ll be back with something more substantial on Tuesday.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
How do you stay motivated?