Nothing is better than being truly motivated by an exciting project. But if you’re stuck, here are some things to try out that can give a temporary boost. The common theme among these is switching your perspective from thinking about your project as a huge endeavor and instead concentrating on the next practical step.
"Just one change"
You should really be working on your project, but it just seems too daunting today to get into it. Open one file in your project and try to improve just one line. Just make one tiny change. That change often leads to another and can get you going.
This can turn a mundane task into an interesting challenge. Should you need to gather some receipts or other documents to submit to your bookkeeper each month, turn the boring task into a challenge by keeping a high score list of how long it takes you each time. Last month you did it in 4 hours. Can you do it in less time? Try to beat your record.
Sometimes you are not in the mood for speed challenges and even a bit of progress today would be a victory. Maybe in reality you have the whole evening to work, but pretend it is not so. Try allocating just an hour. If you could choose, what would be the best thing to work on today between 10 - 11am. If you could clone yourself for an hour and make the clone do that task, what would you have it do? When the hour comes, you might actually find yourself doing the task you allocated, because after all you yourself decided that to be the most important thing you could be working on at that point in time.
Make a list of goals
Make a list of current goals or revisit an existing one. That, and the realization that your time on this planet is limited, might scare you into action.
Help one person
If you have received some feedback related to your project, go read some. Could you help this person, or better yet improve your project in some small way to make it less likely for the same trouble to happen in the future?
If nothing helps you get started in your current task, is there another task which seems more appealing? Thinking about all the things you need to do, can you find the motivation to do one of them? If none of these help to get you started, maybe your mind / body is trying to tell you something. It could be time to take a break.
You managed to get started, now how to keep going?
Jerry Seinfeld once described his method for making better jokes: work on it every day. His system is to have a wall calendar and mark an X on it for every day that he put effort into writing his jokes. After getting a chain of X marks in the calendar, you are motivated by not wanting to break the chain. GitHub also has this feature, every day you contribute to a repo, they mark that day in green.
If you already have some audience, try to get them to interact with you. If you start getting emails or tweets about your task, it becomes natural to put more effort into working on it. For example if you have a blog, at the end you could invite users to vote on new topics for you to write about. If you have a web app, you could add a live chat or feedback widget or prominently mention your email address to make it easy for people to reach out to you. If you receive a problem report this way, it feels wrong NOT to get to work immediately.
This is an app you can install on your computer that monitors which apps you are using. You can mark activities as productive or not productive. You can tell RescueTime that being in a text editor is productive, but being on Facebook is not. Based on this it knows how many productive hours you had and can send you a congratulation email when you reach your daily productivity goal and make you have an extra feel-good association with staying productive.
Make a dollar
If you have a side project that you are currently doing for free, try asking for payment. Not because you are greedy, but because getting paid is a strong signal from others that they find value in what you are doing and want you to work on that thing. You might find that having even one person paying for your stuff will greatly increase how motivated you get in trying to improve it. If you feel like “I can’t do that, I could let them down”. Well, that’s exactly the point, you’ll get a boost of motivation from it. And if you really do feel that you let them down, there are always refunds.
Write a ridiculously detailed battle plan for tomorrow
Before going to bed, think about what the perfect day would look like. Maybe you would get up, get your inbox to zero, write some code, do some copywriting or have a nice session of exercise or study. If you can picture the perfect day, you could try writing it down in detail, down to the hour (remember to leave plenty of room for rest and breaks, too). Now tomorrow it will be clear what constitutes a success for that day.
Leave a small task undone
To jump start your productivity the next day, leave a task open from today. Before calling it a night, leave just one line of code unfinished so you can jump in and finish that as the first natural task for getting into a productive mood tomorrow.
(Source: Bemmu Sepponen)
It is next to impossible for some people to wake up early morning for exercise, could be because they are too lazy to work out or due of medical conditions. At first it is hard for everyone to wake up early in the morning for exercising, however, with the right amount of motivation the difficulty factor eventually diminishes.
If you think you aren’t a morning person, knowing the benefits of morning exercise might turn you into one. Also, once you start getting up early every day, your body will get used to the routine and it will become easier to wake up. Moreover, when we sleep, our metabolism and the hormones are elevated which enables us to be energized, alert and ready to exercise in the morning.
Studies suggest that the mental ability of an individual is augmented for 4-10 hours subsequent to exercise, thus exercising in the morning is the best way to feel fresh and energized for the rest of the day. Countless studies favor morning exercise, and many of them have proven the fact that exercising in the early morning is the fastest way of losing weight.
The following steps will help you become a morning exerciser.
Step 1 - Move up your Bedtime Gradually
Morning exercise is only productive if you get proper amount sleep. Studies suggest that lack of sleep does not only contribute to fatigue and reduced energy levels, but it can also be a source of weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. First, you should decide what time you need to wake up and accordingly set your bedtime. Experts suggest 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Remember that you need to start slow, thus don’t jump to a fully fledged workout routine right away. You need to start sleeping 15 minutes earlier every day.
Step 2 - Set a Realistic Strategy
Getting up early for the gym may not seem like a very good option. Just thinking about the shoes, clothes, bag, make up which you may need for the gym, will make you sleepy and demotivate you. Simpler options would be to either get a workout DVD and exercise at home, or jog or walk around your neighborhood. The sole purpose is to motivate yourself so that you look forward to exercising every morning and put in real effort.
Step 3 - Plan to Fail
Yes, it doesn’t sound right but when it comes to adding consistency in your exercise routine, planning your failure is important. A lot of things are beyond our control, things happen in life and thus a backup plan should exist. For example if running outdoor is your morning workout strategy and one day you wake up and it’s raining. You need to have a contingency plan. You should be able to cope up with hurdles like weather changes or your partner cancelling on you.
Step 4 - Bribe Yourself
Despite of having a proper 8 hours of sleep, it can be difficult to get out for bed for a morning workout even before the sun wakes up. Bribing yourself is highly recommended. It may sound silly but it’s actually very effective. For example if your love Starbucks coffee, allow yourself this coffee only if you do the morning exercise. Or if you have an eye on a dress, only buy it if you accomplish the monthly morning workout target.
Step 5 - Share your Progress
Using social media to update friends and family about your workout plans and progress will help you stay motivated. Support from them will enable you to stay on track and achieve your fitness goals.
Step 6 - Pre and Post Workout Preparation
Getting up in the morning and preparing your bag, looking for clothes and shoes may take up time and thinking about doing all of this may make you lazy too. Therefore you should prepare everything and keep your clothes, socks, shoes, ipod, hair band or anything you need right besides your bed.
After the workout if you need to go to work directly, you can take care of the sweaty hair by using a dry shampoo in cold water. Moreover, if you know you are running late today you should wear a simple outfit. Means that you should wear a dress instead of a three piece suit.
Hungry for some little nuggets of wisdom? Need a few easily digestible rules to live by? Well, my friends, you have come to the right place. Because I’ve been some places and I’ve done some things, and I’ve learned a thing or two about a thing or two. So give me a few minutes of your time and I’ll give you 50 things every man should realize about himself, women, business and life in general.
1. If you always believe you’re the smartest guy in the room, you’ll never learn anything.
2. Figure out how you would be of value in a post-apocalyptic society.
3. Learn CPR, the Heimlich and basic first aid.
4. Sex is best when you treat it as a competition.
5. Save money. Rainy days can come out of nowhere.
6. Spend money. You can’t take it with you.
7. Hate to break it to you, but size DOES matter.
8. Be generous and open to criticism, especially in bed.
9. Your wife/girlfriend is not your mother.
10. A strong work ethic is a good substitute for being smart.
11. Handshake agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.
12. Don’t let your friends drift away, because they will if you let them.
13. Time is your most valuable commodity. Don’t waste too much of it.
14. If you’re not happy, stop what you’re doing and do something else. Right now.
15. Keep your bathroom clean and your bed made if you want a woman to use either.
16. Failure sucks, but it feels way better than not trying.
17. Always be confident. Never be cocky.
18. Remember people’s names.
19. Don’t be an asshole. Seriously. Just don’t.
20. Choose your role models carefully.
21. Keep your mind in shape. Do a crossword. Memorize a poem. Something like that.
22. If you can’t drive a stick, parallel park or jump-start a car, I’m sorry, but you can’t call yourself a man.
23. If you’re in couples’ therapy, it’s already over.
24. If making money is you’re only goal in life, you’ll never be happy because you’ll never have enough.
25. Having a toolbox and knowing how to use what’s inside of it is pretty damn important.
26. Know how to tell a good story. If you can’t capture people’s attention, you’re just some dude in the background.
27. When you get wasted, you’re not as funny as you think you are.
28. Do not give a single shit about what anybody thinks of you.
29. Quality trumps quantity every time.
30. Do at least 50 push-ups every day.
31. Gentlemen are a dying breed. Be one and you’ll stand out.
32. Don’t sleep with anyone you wouldn’t buy breakfast for the next day.
33. Don’t tell her you’re going to call her unless you really are. It’s chicken-shit.
34. A daily compliment goes a long way.
35. You can’t change the past. Let it go.
36. Prepare for the future but live in the present.
37. If this is the longest thing you’ve read all week, that’s sad. Crack a book once in a while, idiot.
38. If she’s has had more than three different dicks in her ass, she’s probably not marriage material.
39. Own up to mistakes, even if you’re not the one who made them. Nobody likes or respects the guy who refuses to accept any blame.
40. Learn how to change a tire and make sure to help anyone who can’t do it themselves.
41. No one gives a shit about your religion. Whether you’re a devout fundamentalist or a staunch atheist, keep it to yourself.
42. Reevaluate your goals every couple of years. What you want out of life changes constantly.
43. Stop holding grudges. It accomplishes nothing.
44. Control your impulses. But it’s okay to let a few get away from you.
45. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. A real man can control his emotions.
46. Burning bridges is one of the stupidest things you can do.
47. Trust your gut, even if it’s steered you wrong in the past.
48. Be honest in all your relationships. Liars suck.
49. If you know how to play guitar, it’s much easier to get laid.
50. Relax. Whatever it is, it’s not that big a deal.
Starting today (Fev’14), I’m going to publish more text and fewer images. My main goal is to share with everyone my tastes, beliefs and tricks.
Key topics to be addressed, in no particular order: