My cup runneth over (and how I intend to not crumble under the weight of my schedule)
My cup is runnething over something chronic this week:
- Finish my tute for one of my school units
- Catch up on reading and tute work for the other unit
- Start on some print work for a mate
- Get some artwork done (I’m feeling stagnant)
- Football football football
- Games games games
And that’s not even all of it, just the headline acts. Thought I might take a break to re-center – revise (and share) some things I’ve learned about how stay motivated in spite of the stress.
Staying motivated is a task in itself when you’ve got heaps on. When it’s just a matter of needing more energy, maintaining a reasonably healthy diet, exercise and sleep pattern keeps my head above water.
I’ve also found that being well-behaved about this means nothing bad happens when cheating with energy drinks once in a while.
Extra energy doesn’t seem to help much if the lack of motivation is psychological – a genuine loss of interest in everything going on. It seems the most effective way to avoid the subsequent burnout and depression is to take breaks and maybe wallow in self-pity for a bit. Great excuse to chill out, go for massages, get a hair cut, have a bath – all the nicey-nice stuff where you can escape and switch off.
When you start a journey, you usually have an idea of what you want, even if you’re not conscious of it – it might be a tiny, but true, spark in the back of your thoughts. On the road, it’s easy to get distracted by things like how you feel, other stuff you could be doing, ooh shinies – you might even get excited by the possibilities of your journey and accidentally fixate away from your original goal.
So, after fatigue has been rested away, it’s useful to re-assess why you continue with your journey, and re-evaluate your priorities. The things we value can change a lot when we realise what sacrifices need to be made.
In my experience, connecting again with your ‘heart’s desire’ is usually enough to restore sanity. Projects that had lost meaning become meaningful again or get chucked in the bin.
Either way, lack of motivation stops being a problem.