Today is one of those days where I am not motivated. I only ticked off about half of the to-do list I had for today, and want things to be done… I just don’t want to actually do them today. That’s a shame: once I got out of the doctor’s office, the rest of the day was a blank canvas, just waiting to be covered.
So, in no particular order: a listing from my own bag of tricks–excluding caffeine–to prop up motivation when I’m apathetic.
1) Nap. Seriously: why would one have to suffer through the ‘downsides’ to being a writer and not enjoy one of the benefits? If I lean back in my chair and close my eyes, I’m rarely out for more than a few minutes.
2) Music. I already use my laptop to write, and when I’m going the internet connection isn’t working very hard, so I put it to work by going to Pandora. If you’ve never heard of it, and have any sort of interest in music, you’ll have to try it out. By varying the style of music I listen to, I can vary the tone of what I’m writing. Careful, though: too much music and the benefit is blunted. And if the music is too good your brain is engaged in listening and not writing!
3) Exercise. To get from the Main Street entrance of my building to my office, I have to climb a couple dozen stairs. Running out to the post office and back is a workout.
4) Back-burner projects. While diverting to a project that’s sat in the vault a while doesn’t get your primary objectives complete, at least you’re writing on something.
What little tricks do some of you use? Or am I the only one who gets motivationally challenged?