This morning I was Listening to Zig zigler’s podcast. By the way Zig zigler is an american author, salesman and motivational speaker. He talks about many aspects in life and career and I must say that yeah by listening to his podcasts I am, (yeap) motivated.
Going back, so I was listening to his podcast entitled Make a new Ending and suddenly thought of this idea….
Okay, I’m a self confessed ningas kugon type of a person. I am good at beginning things, so excited, so enthusiastic at first but I quickly lose enthusiasm soon after. I hate this attitude my self and today, I am about to make a new ending..
Let’s take She Writes as an example, maybe a lot of you noticed that I always write that I have something in mind in which I want to begin or I have something to write, all sorts of all beginnings but as you can see as well there’s nothing I have completely accomplished. 🙂 Am I the only person whose experiencing this problem or You guys do have the same problem as mine? )
Well, okie so I guess this is it.. Putting an ending to this habit. I’ll really make it a point that sooner or later I’ll be putting an end with a new beginning on this.
and here’s what I got for myself and for those people who suffers the same problem as mine 🙂
W ether its a big project or small work, I think this article written by Hani Al-Qasem could help to finished what we had started 🙂
1. Break down the project into smaller pieces. The size and type of the project is irrelevant. To be more productive and remain motivated to finish off the project, you simply have to break it down into smaller, more manageable portions.
By breaking the project into smaller pieces, it will not seem so daunting. And what’s more, as you complete one step and before going to the next, you will have a sense of satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, which feels wonderful, psychologically.
This alone will motivate you to move onto to the next chunk or piece. But, before you move on to the next piece, be nice and give yourself a reward.
Go to the coffee machine and pour yourself a well-deserved cup and celebrate that achievement.
Once the celebration is over, go back and finish off another chunk. Notice the difference in your mood. You will be more productive than before and you will also feel more motivated to work, looking forward to receiving another reward.
2. Utilize the snowball effect to your advantage. What has the snowball effect got to do with motivation? In one word, momentum. Find the easiest and most enjoyable part of the project and start there.
This way you will finish off that portion of the task quickly and easily. It will give you the added buzz of accomplishment, and it will also increase the level of your self confidence and motivation.
What a huge sense of achievement. Even if that chunk was small or petty, the motivating sense of accomplishment is still there. It is to be recognised and, better yet, rewarded.
3. Avoid multitasking as best as you can. Perhaps you cannot avoid distractions, but at least make an effort to stay clear of multitasking.
Focus on what is at hand as best as you can.
The main benefit from this is that when you focus on the project that you are working on, not will you only be more productive, your motivation level will also increase as you will more than likely finish off the project sooner.
4. Take breaks. If at any point as you are working on a project you feel your motivation is slipping, perhaps because you still have a long way to go, or the remaining work is harder and more time-consuming, I suggest you finish off the chunk that you are working on and walk away from the task.
Get up and go for a chat, have lunch, call someone.
The objective here is to take your attention away from the project. This will ease away the frustration or annoyance that you may be feeling. And when you get back to the task, you will feel more relaxed, refreshed and motivated to continue.
5. No, seriously… take breaks. Yes, take another break. Where possible, figure a way for you to take a 3 – 5 minute break after every 40 – 45 minutes of continued work. Preferably get away from your desk or your work area.
Use your imagination here!
Research says that after 40 – 45 minutes of continuous work the brain tends to get tired or slow down. Perhaps that delay is not that noticeable, but it is there. In time, it will be obvious when you feel tired or drained, or you cannot focus as well.
Go for a stretch, a drink of water, a stroll.
Whatever way you can come up with to take a break will be highly beneficial. I am only talking about a short 3 – 5 minute break.
And, again, once you go back to the task, your brain will have had a rejuvenating break. You will feel well rested, refreshed and more motivated to continue.
And there, Probably it can help us to get out on the habit and start a new ending in our Daily Lives.