Three Ways To Hang Onto Your MotivationIt can be difficult enough sometimes to work up the drive to get things done.

Holding onto that motivation for extended periods of time – or to generate it when you have the time but not the energy to get down to work – is another, far more elusive matter entirely. Even if you’ve been looking forward to knuckling down the entire time you were busy, sometimes all that energy is mysteriously leeched out of you the moment you sit down to work.

Sometimes you can push through.

Sometimes you can’t.

Sometimes, for whatever, you just don’t.

And while it might seem like the more preferable idea at the time, you already know you’re going to regret it later. When you don’t have the option of putting it off any longer.

It’s then that you realise you really should’ve been – could’ve been – on top of things the whole time. You just … didn’t.

And while generating the motivation to start it can be a chore, putting some prompts in place to aid that is really quite simple.


Write a list of everything you want to do in a set period of time. Write a list of everything you want to do in your whole life. Break each thing on both lists down into smaller tasks and put those into lists where you can see them. See how small and easy each thing looks when you’ve separated it into its simplest components.

Cross off things as you do them. Watch your lists dwindle. See how swiftly you get through all those tiny things and how fast all the smaller things follow.

Keep the lists. Have them there always as a reminder of what you are capable of achieving when you really put your mind to it.


Sometimes a list isn’t enough. Lists get lost, they take up space, they get in the way.

You don’t have to publicise it. It could just be a handwritten diary if you prefer. But keeping some kind of record of the things that you achieve – and how great you feel about yourself when you do it – will be an eternal reminder of what you can do when you set your mind to and the positive impact that productivity can have on your life.

You can publish it if you want to. Maybe that will even help you. Having other people see it – if you want them to – can get some people on your side. Strangers on the internet, for all the awful reputation they often have, can be surprisingly supportive. They’ll encourage you, they’ll help to spur you on. Maybe you’ll even act as motivation for them to do the same.


If, after all that, you really can’t do what you need to do on your own, get someone else in on it with you. Get a work buddy to encourage you. Tell them the things that you want to do, tell them how much you get done in the time you set yourself. Have them yell encouragement at you, make them make you do what you need to.

Do the same thing back for them. Be better together.

Kirstie Summers,

Daily Zen.

Author Bio – Kirstie Summers is journalist whose day job takes her to all the most interesting places and events in South London. She also freelances for a number of sites and publications, from gaming and literature reviews to creative fiction. She lives in London and spends as much of her free time as possible making the most of being in such a diverse city. She keeps one day a week to herself to swim, relax and keep the stress of the world at bay.