Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 4 - 21 Day Challenge. What motivates you?

Monday morning is not the most inspirational of days.  Don't get me wrong.  I love my job and the people I work with.  And to all measures I have a fantastic life.  But the fact of the matter is Monday mornings just suck.  When I think about why I think it's because I lack balance in my life between work and play.  Something I'm trying to work on.  That's why Monday just seems to come too soon.  I just want one more day to do other things.  Not that those things are particularly important or exciting - I just want more free time.

Anyway this blog post is not going to be about work life balance.  I don't feel qualified to write about that.... perhaps one day.  What I want to talk about is motivation.  How do you motivate yourself to move.  To get out of bed on Monday.  To do a task you don't want to do - but know that it needs to be done.  What techniques do you pull out when the challenge in front of your is a mountain - and you know you have to climb it.


I've got some great motivational tricks - and some that are not so great.  Procrastination, sugar, champagne are not things I recommend if you need to push through a task.  Although the last one has the potential to make it easier.  For me I find that I usually have one inspirational album or tune I can go to when the going gets tough, so to speak.  At the moment it's Gotye's album, Making Mirrors, and in particular track 6 - I feel Better. It's just makes me smile.  So guess what?  That's what I'm listening to right now.  I think I'll have it on repeat until I'm feeling recharged and ready for Monday.

What motivates you?  Any tips I can try this week, and next Monday morning?

PS:  Today's pic was taken at the top of Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka.  We'd climbed it during the night to watch the sunrise.  My motivation? The promise of this view.