At this time in January, it is not unusual to hear people say it has been difficult to persevere with the goals they set at the start of the year. Not that the goals are no longer of value, but that we may experience some resistance to change and have difficulty setting boundaries to protect the
Do you find that it is difficult to get started with your work? Does it feel like hard work, or are you unsure what you have to do to complete the task? We tend to feel demotivated when we are unclear about what we have to do and cannot see a clear path to make progress.
Are you noticing that you do not feel motivated to sit down and start or continue with a task, even though you know that delaying it will make it even harder? The problem is that we cannot force ourselves to feel motivated. Instead, we can create the conditions to enable us to engage with our work. What
When we have many tasks to do in a short space of time, it can add pressure, and we may find it challenging to complete them well by the deadline. When we are under pressure, and with limited time, we may find it more difficult to prioritise which ones we need to do first. It is common
We have all the intention of getting a task done, and yet, we delay getting started or interrupt the work to do something else. Our behaviour may baffle us - we want to do good work. Why do we do the opposite of what we want to do? It may be because we are not sure
Bring your mind to a situation that you find stressful and identify how you're thinking about it. Do you notice negative thoughts? Are you wondering whether you can get your work done?As you notice these thoughts change your point of view. Instead of focusing on the problem as something that you cannot manage, think about it
Do you feel that you want to get your work done, but wonder whether your efforts will produce the results you want? It is common to have these questions when having several tasks to complete, particularly when deadlines are tight. Take a moment to consider why you do what you do, - get up early to go to work, do the shopping, watch a TV programme, or read an article online. You probably will notice that you have a variety of reasons underlying your decision to engage with any activity. So, how do we decide what to do with our time, where we put our attention and spend our energy? What is motivation? “Human beings have an active will toward health, an impulse toward growth – the actualisation of human potentials.” (A. H. Maslow)