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!
Do you feel overwhelmed with the number of tasks on your list each week?
Do you struggle to work out what the most important issue is in each area of your life?
On today’s TUB-Thump, I talk about finding five weekly go-to points so you can easily identify your big wins.
Whether it’s the academic, the social, the personal, the career, or anything else, you can target what’s important to you, each and every week.
Ready to dive in?
Here are the show notes for the 7-min episode:
01:10 – One academic win. The most important focus-point for each week. Sure, there’s plenty of work to be done, but this will ground you. Sometimes that’s all you need to stop procrastinating on the thing that’s actually so crucial to your academic week.
01:50 – One social woo. If you can’t fit any other fun in your schedule, make sure you have at least one event to look forward to.
02:40 – One personal upgrade. Around the home, to do with a hobby, improving a personal skill…When you specify a single area to make progress in, you commit to pushing further than the minimum expected of you. Go on, do it for yourself!
03:20 – One career boost. No matter how big or small, with 52 weeks in the year, that’s 52 different steps in the right direction. Reach out to someone, write a blog post, do some job research…it all helps. And it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time in the week.
04:20 – One wonderful wildcard. What is important for you? Add this one thing to the mix each week. Be creative, be methodic, be however you wish to be with this wildcard. As with the other schedule pointers, this helps to ground you in scheduling actions each week, and can also help you develop habits.
05:30 – This method also assists in avoiding overwhelm. Instead of a huge list of tasks, you have your five big wins for each week.
04:40 – Finding the why behind your why. The importance of asking “Why…?” several times.
05:50 – “If you don’t take action, there is no creation.”
06:30 – These feelings aren’t surprising. Overwhelm can be tackled, but only when you step back for a moment to work out the key issues. If you don’t identify the overarching themes, it’ll feel like everything is overwhelming. The reality is usually different.
08:10 – You can recover from most things, as James Clear says. What can you challenge yourself to do?
09:45 – Once you’ve found the big issue, it’s easier to act in the other situations. By removing them from the overwhelm, they no longer feel like such a big deal.
10:40 – It’s better to tackle things head-on than it is to let them swamp you.
And a P.S. – The joy of scheduling posts in advance for when you’re not around. The woe of realising that didn’t happen when it’s too late to do anything about it. Oh well! One day late is better than not at all. 🙂
There’s mixing up the order of your writing, knowing when to stop researching, finding texts that talk to you, and much more on today’s show.
Whether you’ve got weeks until the deadline, or it’s due in a few days, check out these tips and find something that suits you.
Here are the show notes for the 15-min episode:
Write in whatever order you like while you draft. (01:10)
Keep thinking about how you feel, from the moment you get the assignment to the point of finishing (and reading through). Has your opinion/argument changed? How has it changed? Have you reflected this? (02:30)
Know when to stop reading and researching. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed or you’re going over the same ground, it’s probably time move on. (04:10)
Find the clearest, most relevant references that make your point. (05:20)
There’s no need to be offended by help. There’s always more to learn. (05:35)
Discuss your drafts as you’re going along (07:40)
More on telling you to stop doing all-nighters! (08:20)
Think critically. Reason and references rule. (10:00)
Use/Find your own academic voice. And why the word ‘clever’ doesn’t mean much. (11:10)
Bullet-point planning. (12:10)
Check out what’s going on at your uni. (12:50)
Not all books and texts will talk to you. So don’t stop at one text and simply give up. (13:15)
Gaps in your knowledge aren’t weaknesses; they’re challenges. (14:30)