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Motivation…

It’s a word that I hear often on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s due to a lack of it, sometimes it’s due to an abundance of it. Sometimes you find yourself so motivated that you feel as though all you want to do is work, work and work. Whereas other days, you find yourself wanting to do nothing but sit in front of the TV with a bowl of popcorn (maybe even a bucket) and binge-watch the hottest series on Netflix – and let’s be honest, once you get yourself into that mood/zone/mind-set/ what ever you want to call it, it isn’t an easy feat to get yourself out of it.

But fear not. It is doable. And you shall do it.

I find that planning helps. Waking up each and every day, whether you’re at work or not and planning your day, setting it up to be one of much success. Lay it out step-by-step and check the things off once you’ve gotten them done. Not only does it help you to stay on track, but it also helps you to feel as though you’re actually being productive. Physically ticking it off the list is like a little pat on the back in between tasks, rather than just going from one to another. And trust me, there is no better feeling than completing your daily list and being left with a bit of spare time for yourself.

Heck, even write your fun/relaxation periods in there. Plan when you’re going to sit down and watch a bit of TV or read some of the book you’re reading or listen to some music. At least that way when you come to do those funner activities, you won’t feel as though you’re wasting time because they’re already accounted for. If you’re anything like me, then you probably beat yourself up for watching TV or playing videogames when you could be working and if you are, then trust me – this helps.

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But no matter what, balance is always key.

If you find that your motivation is dwindling and you can’t seem to – or don’t want to – do anything about it, then you might find it useful to take a day away from it all. Have a day off and just totally clear your mind. Dedicate a whole day to do all of the things that you love doing, but can’t afford to based on your usual schedule.

For example, every Sunday I take a day off from writing and my diet and simply relax. Maybe watch some TV, a film, play some Call of Duty, go to the cinema or just be genuinely lazy. Whatever you love doing but don’t usually have time to – dedicate this day to do just that.

That’s what motivation comes down to for me: balance. Balancing work with play. To be successful, typically, you must work more than you play – but that doesn’t mean that there can’t be a whole lot of fun thrown in there too.

So, find the balance between your work and your fun and you never know, you might just find yourself in the process.

Happy writing!