01:20 – Planning writers versus generative writers.
01:55 – Make a plan and then write a first draft or write a first draft and make a plan off the back of it?
02:30 – One of these ways of working is likely to work better for you than the other. But it’s always worth trying the other way of working to see what you can learn about your process.
I’ve talked about that before. Hear more on Episode 023 of TUB-Thump, How to Change Your Perspective and Why That Change is Good.
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!
Episode 025 of TUB-Thump is a head’s up to a great tip from Brian Johnson.
If you’ve not heard of Brian, he’s on a mission to help people change the world through optimal living, which is “integrating ancient wisdom + modern science + common sense + virtue + mastery + fun”.
The tip I refer to is one that I’ve never considered in quite this way. Perhaps it’ll resonate with you too.
“Any time that I’m feeling less than optimal, this is what I come back to. What one thing do I need to start doing, and what one thing do I need to stop doing to take it to the next level?” – Brian Johnson