Picture this: you have a dozen projects to compete, and absolutely no motivation to do them. You know that once you get started you will get on a roll, and you will most likely finish more projects than you intended to start. But for some reason, you still can’t get up off the couch.
Why is this? *Sigh* I wish I knew. My mom calls it “overcoming inertia.” I know that there are scientific explanations for overcoming inertia, but I’m not able to put them into the proper words, so I won’t try (feel free to look it up… and then please tell me the answer!) Basically, getting started is the hard part. Once I get started, I tend to keep going and going. Something like struggling to pedal a bike to the top of a hill, then coast down the other side, gaining momentum.
My biggest problem is when it comes to housework. I love the feeling of a clean and organized environment – it helps me relax and think clearly. But whenever I know that there is housework to complete, the desire to sit on the couch becomes strangely overwhelming.
And yet, oddly enough, when I manage to pry myself from the couch and do some little task – say, gathering up all the trash in my little apartment (doesn’t take long), I suddenly find myself feeling a sense of accomplishment – see, I finished something! Yay me!
This motivation fills me with a small flicker of excitement, and a sense of “ooh, I wonder what else I can do? I like this feeling of accomplishment, let’s do some more!”
I know it sounds silly, but simply put, success builds upon success.
With that in mind, I think I shall try to be more productive tomorrow. We’ll see how this goes.
P.S. – Anyone wanna guess how long it took me to finally finish writing this article? Figures… I can’t overcome what little inertia is required to post on a blog! 🙂
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