Finding motivation is a tricky thing. I struggle with it all the time and i’m sure I am not alone on that one. Whether it’s meeting deadlines for school, college or university or for working on a song or project, it’s sometimes hard to get going and get it done. This post is going to be about some tips and tricks I find useful to get motivated. This can be music related but also just general life related.
– Have A Goal – This is the most important thing for me when it comes to being motivated. Know where you’re going. If I was writing a song, I will have a goal of making it sound like a certain artist or using a chord I have never used before. Also, I use goals for target setting i.e I tell myself, ‘by the end of today have … done’. Get it? Easy!
– Stick To A Plan – This is slightly like the last point, but have a plan set out for yourself. It’s so much easier when you have your day written down. For example, on the days I am not in lectures, I wake up early, go to the gym, then work on whatever needs it with regular breaks until dinner and then relax after I have eaten. I don’t always stick to that plan because I might have other plans. Nevertheless, I get a lot more done when I know what i’m doing. Also, get things prepared… If you want to go to the gym in the morning, pack your gym bag and get out your kit the night before. You will be amazed at how much more likely you you are to do something when you’re prepared.
– Enjoy It – This is probably the easiest way to stay motivated. Just enjoy what you do. Have you ever heard the phrase: ‘If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life’? It’s a lot like that. I love to write music, so when i’m writing time seems to fly past. However, sometimes the work you’re struggling to stay motivated to do you will not enjoy. Such as homework, or essays. Some of you may love it, but others… not so much. You need to find a way to make yourself enjoy it, look at the project in a different way. Have a goal or two, like I talked about. If you’re writing an essay, try and use the word ‘facetious’ 6 times (or something like that).
If that doesn’t work…
– Reward Yourself – So, I am a coffee addict. My favourite thing is sitting and working in a coffee shop. So if I am struggling to stay motivated, I tell myself that after the piece of work is done I can go for a coffee. Or give yourself a piece of chocolate after every page you write. All of this sort of relies on self-control… Don’t write four words and think ‘thats nearly a page’ and take the chocolate. You will have a much harder time like this and the work will feel like it drags on forever.
– Feed Off Others – To me, the absolute best form of motivation is being inspired by others. Just sitting near people who are working hard or are writing songs gives me an adrenaline boost. Thats why I get lots done in coffee shops, I suppose. Research other people doing the same thing as you. Get together with your friends who have the same piece of work that you do. Just surrounding yourself with like-minded, hard-working people could give you the boost you need.
– Have A Tidy Workspace – I think this is a kind-of overlooked part of being motivated. At university, I work at a desk that is in my bedroom. Therefore my bedroom is always kept perfectly tidy because I cannot work in a messy environment. I don’t know whether it’s because I get distracted by the mess or something, but all I know is you should try to clean your room or space (if it needs it) and see if that helps, I think it will.
– Be Proud Of Your Work – If you are not proud of the work you are producing, who will be? I find that having a piece of work rushed to meet a deadline or because I want to ‘get it out of the way’ puts me in a sort-of negative mindset. That sucks. As far as motivation goes, producing a piece of work to the best of your ability will push you to do more of it. It sure does for me anyway. Especially when you give it to other people and they like it. Theres not a lot more that makes me want to get up and write more music than people saying they like my music.
These are a few tips that help me out when I’m struggling to get motivated. What do you find helps you get motivated? Let me know!