Motivation for school doesnâ€™t come easily, especially in January, which is why I have given up entirely on trying to motivate myself. Â In short, I have lost all motivation to ever be motivated. Â That being said, I still need to get things done, so I have to find some way of doing them. Â Usually, with things like writing essays or washing dishes at the end of a long day, motivation will come in brief spurts just as things reach a breaking point. Â The problem, though, is that Â I end up having to do more things in a shorter amount of time, and also I really hate losing sleep over essays I donâ€™t care about.
In the past, Iâ€™ve tried to find motivation by withholding things from myself, but I always end up finding some other, much more boring, form of entertainment. In the end, Iâ€™m still unproductive Â for several hours. Â Other times, Iâ€™ll sit somewhere thatâ€™s really cold, and tell myself that I canâ€™t leave until Iâ€™ve finished my work. But, that doesnâ€™t work either. Â I just end up being too cold to do anything properly.
What does work, Iâ€™ve found, is not doing work at home. Â When I try to work at home, it gives Â me a false sense of security that everything will be okay. Â In my room, Iâ€™m relatively alone, and therefore no one is around to judge me for playing crappy games on my computer or for marathoning TV shows. Â Sitting in a public place where there are a lot of people around somehow makes it a lot easier to get work done, simply because I feel like Iâ€™m being watched (even if Iâ€™m not). Â Sure, this tactic sounds slightly paranoid and kind of weird, but it works, darn it.
That being said, sometimes words donâ€™t come very easily, and itâ€™s still difficult to actually get any work done. Â Thatâ€™s when you make stuff up, to be honest. Â Kind of like what Iâ€™m doing right now. Â Even if your idea is terrible, itâ€™s still worth it to write it down and flesh it out, because while the idea may be worn out and tired, at least youâ€™ll have done something, and itâ€™ll be out of your way. Â If you have time, you can always go back and fix it. Â Whatâ€™s important is getting through that initial push to start something, and after that, it becomes a lot easier for words to flow onto the page.