Andy J. Miller answers my question on “how to focus”! Read below:
5 Ways To Get Motivated and Get Creative Work Done!
I’m starting to work through some of these great post ideas that you have all been submitting! This one caught my eye:
idea-obscura answered: how about “how to focus”? i feel like that’s the first step to any creative process but i have yet to expert in it.
Focus is tough, but for me, focus is a question of motivation.
I intentionally monitor my motivation because it makes or breaks my day.
Here are 5 ways to stay motivated:
1. Have a mantra about getting things done! (or steal one!)
Changing your thinking about getting things done really helps you stay motivated to ‘do’. It helps me to remember these types of things:
“One finished project is better than a thousand great ideas”
- Nathan Johnson, Composer of the Brick Soundtrack
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”
- Thomas Edison
Also visit,http://99u.com/ , a great place to find motivation!
2. Do nothing motivation neutral
I want to do things that are either storing up motivation and energy or using my motivation / energy productively. I try to avoid doing anything neutral.
If I am depleted of energy, instead of being unaware that I feel empty and being unproductive, i.e. youtube, facebook, ‘surfing’ etc. I try to take notice when I feel drained and start doing the things that motivate me. Then while I’m doing the downtime stuff that motivates me, I don’t feel guilty for wasted time either (see number 4.)
I try to take notice of when I am motivated too and take advantage of it as much as I can by doing things that take the most motivation (intense creative demands and demands I really don’t want to do).
3. Find what motivates you, repeat
When I started thinking this way, I kind of mentally flagged when I was feeling motivated. I have a huge mental list now, and when I am depleted I choose one based on time I have and how I feel. Examples of these: buy a coffee or nice drink, take a bath (embarrassing, but don’t worry it’s not my only sanitizing solution, I shower every morning!), get some time alone and read and think, spend some one on one time with the select few people who energize me, etc.
4. Don’t waste time with guilt!
I work for myself so guilt is a struggle! You always feel like you have to be working, and as a husband and father, I really shouldn’t be always working! If I get up later than I hoped for sometimes I’ll let guilt get the best of me, but what I have realized is, it’s actually completely counterproductive! When I get up too late I feel guilty for wasted time, then I waste my time by being unmotivated due to guilt. Nowadays I try to notice my guilt and actively seek to end that line of thought.
5. To Do lists (duh!)
This is a no brainer but my dad still has to remind me when I’m getting stressed. I spend a lot of lunches with him going through my troubles, and so many of them end with, “Well maybe you should just make a list…” It’s obvious but in the moment easy to forget. When everything you need to do is swirling in your brain it’s so much more overwhelming than when you get it out on paper. Nothing motivates me more than crossing things off that list which I have been dreading doing.
What keeps you motivated?