Someone please get me to motivation station.

I get into these slumps every now and again where I lose complete motivation to do anything. I’ll cook dinner and then I won’t eat it because I’ve stopped being hungry. I’ll tell myself to write for half an hour and then instead I watch Archer for two hours… And then all of things that I need to do, like laundry, dishes, blogging, vlogging, and editing my book, pile up and I become so overwhelmed that I just end up saying “screw it” and I just sit on the couch and do nothing because I can’t for the life of me figure out which thing to do first. And then this spirals even further because I’ll realize that instead of doing something, I’ve done absolutely zero things, and that makes me mad at myself, so then I just sit there and distract myself by watching more Archer just to keep myself from yelling at my brain.

I am just now coming out of a 2-day slump of that very nature, and I’ve gotta say that the coming-out-of-it part feels awesome, but the getting-there part sucks, and then I’m forced to ask myself what it is that gets me there in the first place. Have I taken on too much or is the lighting in my apartment, while environmentally conscious, just so dim that it makes me sleepy and sluggish? Should I just start making another pot of coffee when I get home from work so that my energy stays up high enough to do all of the things that I want to do? Or should I start going to bed earlier so that I can wake up earlier so that I can do more things in the morning before work so that when I come home I don’t have to feel bad about being a sluggy slob?

Basically what I really need is a plan. I need a motivation plan to do all of the things that I want to do because I’m not really willing to give any of them up… So if any of you out there have really good systems for juggling all of your responsibilities, please let me know in the comments section below. And if any of you are also going through a slump right now, also let me know in the comments because it’s nice to know we’re not alone, and who knows? Maybe we can help each other.

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13 Responses to Someone please get me to motivation station.

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I don’t have much useful advice other than just bucking up and tackling the worst thing first. That way, even if I don’t get anything else done, I’ve at least conquered that!

  2. Kay Nyman says:

    That entire first paragraph is so exactly my life sometimes. Now, when that happens I tend to force myself to do at least ONE thing. For me, it’s usually art, so I force myself to draw or work on just one piece, and even if it comes out total shit, I can at least tell myself I did SOMETHING instead of blowing away the day on Netflix. Though sometimes, a slump day is absolutely necessary!

  3. trillie says:

    Yup. What the person above me said. I am totally like what you wrote – analysis paralysis is my middle name*. The best way to break out of that is to just pick one thing. What is the smallest thing you feel up to doing at this time, while forgetting about the rest? Usually motivation flows from action, not the other way around!

    *disclaimer: not actually middle name. How cool would that be, though?

    • Emelie says:

      1. I don’t know what your actual middle name is, but you should probably look into getting it legally changed.
      2. This is good advice. I shall try and put it into practice the next time this hits me. I just worry that I won’t be able to pick that one thing, you know? That always seems to be the issue… but you’re right! One thing is easier than ALL THE THINGS.
      3. Thank you.

  4. Mom says:

    Make a list. Prioritize the list. Start at the top. Complete task #1. It’s when you cross #1 out and mark it done, that the motivation comes. Thought I taught you this a long time ago.

  5. Aussa Lorens says:

    Meeeeh you just described my whole last week. Usually I am all “do the things, conquer the things, research, build, climb!” But last week I would come home every night, take my bra off, and watch OITNB on Netflix. I felt emotionally drained and devoid of any desire to work towards anything. Maybe we just need to slump sometimes before we return with new motivation. Let’s blame it on our menstrual cycles.

    • Emelie says:

      Oh my gosh, that is exactly what I’ve been doing! Home, bra off, OITNB. Maybe you’re right. There’s gotta be something in the air…

  6. Ugh. I totally feel this! If you figure out some magical motivation potion, I hope you’ll post the recipe here…

  7. Shawna says:

    Maybe you really *are* motivated but two straight days of Archer is your required rebooting period. Or, you can switch around the words to that stupid saying all of my friends remind me of whenever I’m depressed so it sounds like, “If a person was never sad (insert ‘lazy’) then they would never know how great it feels to be happy (insert ‘not watching Archer’).

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