Sometimes I struggle with motivation. I expect we all do. For example, I have been asking myself why I had to go and commit to posting every single day on this blog!
It can be hard to sit down and decide what to write about, every single day.
But that is why it is useful. It increases discipline. If I manage, that is…
I need to improve my writing discipline, if I am going to manage 90 thousand words of a thesis, not to mention the several novel beginnings I would like to finish one day.
Achievable goals help, especially if they stretch you a little, but not too much. No stretch and there is no progress, too much and you might snap!
I like word count goals, but they are less helpful when editing and no use at all when doing tasks like today’s, which was counting how much of the graffiti in stavechurches is any good.
I completed the task though. There are about 60 drawings in stavechurches good enough that they were most likely made by professionals. But a lot more that look amateur, from the competent through the reindeer-sheep to the might-have-been-made-by-a-3-year-old.
Tomorrow I need to write up the results and put them in a proper table.
But where was I? Motivation.
Sometimes I just have to force myself to do a thing even when I can hardly remember why I thought it was a good idea. I have to trust that I did have a good reason when I chose to do it! Although it is useful to re-evaluate sometimes just to make sure you still do actually want to do the thing.
Apparently it can help to write down on a post it note why you wanted it in the first place, so you are always in touch with your motivation.
I haven’t tried that yet.
Accountability is another one. That’s why the blog is so good as a writing commitment – I don’t want to let down my readers! Or at least, I don’t want cyber-egg on my face!
Some advice even goes so far as to say there should be a forfeit for failure. I’m not so sure about that, but I could try it I suppose.
I suppose the thought of failing my upgrade is sufficient of a forfeit to make me work on the thesis!
But I thought it might be fun for my readers to suggest forfeits for failure for me. I have some goals that I can keep updating and if I miss one I have to pick one of the forfeits and do it and blog about it.
I reserve the right to refuse horrible forfeits and if there aren’t any I can face, to get my cat to suggest one I can live with!
We’ll just start with the blogging goal for now, until I see what sort of forfeits are being suggested.
I have another goal, to cook once a fortnight. Tim does most of the cooking and he’d be very glad of the break without having to pay for takeout. So maybe that should be a forfeitable goal too.
How are you with motivation? Do you think forfeits are a good idea or a disaster waiting to happen? Go ahead, suggest a forfeit!