I wasn’t motivated to record today’s episode of TUB-Thump.
Actually, that’s not quite true.
We all have moments when we don’t feel that spark of motivation to do the work in front of us. But it’s often possible to snap out of that with a change in outlook or a closer look at what’s in front of you.
And that’s why, even though I’m feeling ill (and having to look after other ill folks at the same time), I had more than enough motivation to record Episode 026 of the show.
It’s not the show I had planned, but there’s no harm in that. Sometimes you just feel motivated to do something slightly different…
Here are the show notes for the 11-min episode:
01:20 – Remember the why behind your why. You may want to be doing something else, but what are the background incentives and bigger reasons why you genuinely do want to get on with the work.
04:30 – Break down tasks. When the project feels overwhelming, you’ll feel less motivated. Set out the smaller jobs within the bigger project so you can see what’s really on the table. You can celebrate some quick wins and motivate yourself that way. You may even want to carry on and do more right away.
06:30 – Look beyond yourself and find excitement in the bigger picture. What things around you get you motivated? Tap into other things that make you tick. Find sparks so you don’t just wallow in the negativity, but instead find the positivity in everything around you.
Working through that motivation and putting the work in can be satisfying. I may be ill, but after I’d finished recording I was smiling, even though my voice was ready for a break!
The past week or so hasn’t been business as usual for me. Long story short, my computer went up in smoke and my schedule has looked rather different.
I recorded two episodes of TUB-Thump in catch-up mode (Episode 018 is coming up right after this one).
I had every intention of getting them published on Thursday, but fate had other plans for that too…
I have something called “two-step authentication” set up on some of my accounts, including my WordPress account. Yesterday, I just happened not to have my phone on me. As I logged in to WordPress to publish these, I wasn’t able to type in my extra code, which is texted to my phone!
Usually, you have some backup codes, but I didn’t have access to those either, because they were on the old, blown up computer.
Yes, I’ve backed up, but I didn’t have time to go through all the malarkey to find backup codes too.
So don’t mind me talking about the awesomeness of getting the show out on Thursday, when I’m another day late. These things happen. Bizarre events, but that’s how it played out.
The good news is, things are back up to speed now.
And because I was reminded of the need to back up and keep copies in case of disaster, that’s what this episode is all about.