I can’t depend solely on feeling like writing to do so. I believe having a set routine is more reliable than waiting for inspiration to strike. This way, it makes doing whatever it is you want, more second nature than something you have to wait until you ‘feel like it.’ I have found that for me, motivation and passion are fickle. It isn’t reliable. If it’s something that you are taking seriously and it’s something that you have a goal you’re working towards, you would need consistency to get there. Hence relying on motivation and inspiration is very dangerous. Instead, I would encourage you to rely more on the routine surrounding your work.
At the beginning of my writing journey, I was very motivated and loved having ideas for stories and getting them out, writing them down, or typing them up and seeing where it goes. Everything was so exciting and I was fuelled by inspiration. However, since a couple of weeks ago it’s become difficult for me to conjure up that level of passion or motivation to keep writing. I found that my routine of getting in bed after all my work is done, sitting up with my laptop, and going straight into a word document ready to work on my fiction or blog post has helped me stay consistent. I’ve also started learning Python and again it’s the routine of writing my 1000 words then switching over to Python lessons to read through or write some code that has gotten me through. The routine is what has kept me going.
What do you do before you start? Get into a routine so it becomes second nature, that even when you don’t feel like it, you find yourself there doing it. Find a routine that works for you. Some people have the routine of lighting a candle or playing some music or listening to a podcast or some motivational speeches for a set number of minutes before diving into the task ahead. All you need is something to get you going. My routine has helped me keep up with my writing even when I don’t feel like doing so. Sometimes to get in the mood of writing a scene I might play a song that resonated with me during the process of creating the story’s outline. Other times, I simply read what I wrote the day before to help me get into the story and to continue writing.
I would urge you to set up a routine that helps you get into that mindset. For example, if your goal is to work out more, then having a routine of either putting on your sportswear immediately you wake up or straight after coming back home from work (I guess in these times it would be more like after you shut down your work computer). That routine is what could help you make sure you meet your goal of working out. You will be more successful at meeting your goal if you are already dressed up and ready to start without giving your mind time to come up with excuses that would discourage you from doing it. I think that motivation is something no one should rely on to get to work on anything. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great feeling to write when I feel motivated and inspired but it’s not a feeling that will be present every time I need it to be.
You should be aware of what you do before you start working on whatever it is you want to and be more intentional to create and follow a routine that gets you there. This is what I believe would help get you over the hump when you just don’t feel like it. If you take an unintentional day off because you weren’t feeling inspired or motivated, that one day could easily morph into weeks or months off. Before you know it, all that progress you’ve made in the past just goes down the drain because you have stopped building on it. What’s going to save you from yourself, from the times when you just don’t feel like it, is your routine.
We are humans, and we cannot always feel like doing stuff, no matter how much we love what we’re doing. I love writing my blog and my fiction but I honestly don’t feel like doing it every day. My routine has gotten me through thus far and it’s what I am hoping will get me through in the future. I encourage you to do the same so that no matter how you feel in terms of motivation or inspiration, the routine is what’s going to keep you going as well.
Please let me know how things go If you try this, and if you already have a routine, feel free to share it with us in the comment section.
Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you’ll be back here again next week Wednesday. Have a great rest of the week!