Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Motivation

How is it Thursday already? I feel like this week is flying by...

So...I have a confession.

I sometimes have a tough time staying motivated when it comes to work.

I said it.

I work from home and while I'm really thankful for my job and I love my company, sometimes I have a difficult time staying focused. I'd like to say that this is all simply a result of working from home, but that's not true. I've always been somewhat of a procrastinator. All through high school and college, I did well...but I probably didn't do as well as I could have because I left a lot of assignments to the last minute. When I was working in an office, although I always got great feedback from my bosses, I had a tendency to get sidetracked and not always stay on task. In my current job where I'm working from home, I don't get off task chatting with coworkers (Lola isn't exactly talkative...) but I do have a tendency to not stay as motivated as I should.

And here's the thing. Whenever I procrastinate, I feel guilty. In my head, I realize that the things I'm doing like browsing Pinterest, blogs, Facebook, etc. aren't really important and should wait until later. But I still do it anyway. And then I feel bad about myself for not staying on task, and start to feel overwhelmed about getting behind with what I need to get done. And because I still want to meet my goals, I end up working late to try and make up for when I don't stay on task in the morning, which then eats into time that I could spend with Cam when he gets home from work or doing other things I enjoy. Because that's the thing about procrastinating. I don't feel like I'm relaxing when I'm browsing Pinterest at 10 am, yet it prevents me from having time at night to actually sit down and doing something for fun like watch a movie without feeling like I should also be catching up on work email. Rationally, I realize that if I just stayed focused during the time I'm supposed to be working then I could shut off my computer at the end of the day having accomplished what I needed to do. So why don't I just do that? Why do I have such a hard time keeping myself motivated?

I don't know.

Really, I don't. And it's frustrating. I've been trying to think about why I do the things I do, and I'm still not sure why I have such a hard time resisting distraction sometimes. Because here's the thing. When I do focus on work, I feel really good about myself and love being productive. And I do well. When I set my mind to something and stay on task, I have success. And I don't mean for this post to sound like I just goof off all day because I don't. I do work hard and get things accomplished. It's just sometimes I wish that I could stay a little bit more motivated during the day so I wouldn't feel the need to work late all the time.

Part of me thinks that it's like that psychological principle (which I know has a name, but I can't remember it!) when you don't study for a test and then if you don't do well you don't feel as bad because you didn't really try. But then if you do well, it's a pleasant surprise. It's a sort of self-sabotage where you essentially shoot yourself in the foot, and I know that I'm not the only one that who does it (at least I hope I'm not!). Sometimes I think that procrastination is a security blanket I keep around as a scapegoat to blame when I don't do as well as I'd like. But what if I were to stop procrastinating? And really just focus and try as hard as I possibly could? What if I still don't do as well as I want to?

But...what if I do...better? What if I surprise myself?

Food for thought.

So in the spirit of staying motivated, here are some awesome inspirational quotes...

...that I found on Pinterest...while procrastinating :)

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Yesss!

(The links to all these inspirational quotes can be found here)

So now I'd love to hear from you...do you ever struggle to stay motivated? (Please tell me I'm not the only one!) What are some strategies you use to overcome procrastination?

Here's hoping for a productive day peeps...the weekend is almost here! (And my parents get here tomorrow....woo!) Xoxo

5 comments:

  1. I getcha girl. My company has super flexible work from home rules so I work from home 1-2 days a week but find that I am not always that productive! My husband works from home full time and is so good about not getting distracted, I just don't get it!

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  2. Girl, I feel you. Sometimes I feel like people don't give me the motivation to do anything, and I often need some pushing. But if it's something I'm really passionate about, I rarely ever feel a lack of motivation.

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  3. i am the worlds worst procrastinator. my philosophy is that 'there is always tomorrow'. blah i need to get better at this! happy weekend <3

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