Productivity Hack #4: When Motivation Isn't Enough

In “The Daily Entrepreneur,” S. J. Scott writes, “You can’t always rely on desire alone…your efforts will fail the first time you’re busy or not feeling well. Instead, you need to take action—even when you’re not in the mood.”   Wanting to achieve a goal is good.   Having a clear purpose as to why you want to achieve this goal is better.   Creating a system that will ensure you achieve this goal is best.
 

Last week, I mentioned knowing your why is a key element to productivity success. Having a clear understanding of why you are aiming for any goal can help you stay focused and can motivate you on those “tough” days.

 

And you should know your why. But…

 

Self-motivation isn’t enough. You still need to take action.

 

In “The Daily Entrepreneur,” S. J. Scott writes, “You can’t always rely on desire alone…your efforts will fail the first time you’re busy or not feeling well. Instead, you need to take action—even when you’re not in the mood.”

 

  1. Wanting to achieve a goal is good.
  2. Having a clear purpose as to why you want to achieve this goal is better.
  3. Creating a system that will ensure you achieve this goal is best.

 

Did you know, roughly 20% of people admit to procrastinating (70% of students identify themselves as procrastinators). And a study in 2008 showed 40% of people have suffered financial loss due to procrastination. It might be tempting to brush off procrastination, but it’s a real problem.

 

I’ve struggled with my own procrastination demons. I also have good intentions, and usually, I really, really want to make it happen—but I’m human. Like S. J. Scott suggested, as soon as I get sick or something big comes up, all those good intentions fly out the window.

 

Self-motivation isn’t enough. You still need to take action. (<<< tweet that!)

 

Productivity Hack #4: Habits

 

But that doesn’t have to be the case—for me or for YOU. Why? One word: Habits. I have been obsessed with habits and habit stacks (or a series of habits—routine) for over a year now, and I have to admit: I still freaking love these things.

 

(I even wrote an entire post about habits and habit stacking, which you can read here >>>)

 

Why do habits help?

 

When something (inbox zero, writing 500 words, blogging, spending an hour on social media, self-care, or crafting any creative project) becomes a habit, you create/work on good days, bad days, sick days, vacation days, etc. Why? Because it’s a habit. It’s something you do Every. Day.

 

And just like you brush your teeth or wash your hair without having to think about it (because they’ve become habits), you can become someone who creates every day and someone who works towards their goals every day by implementing creative habits.

 

 

I just completed and launched my latest eCourse, Operation: Procrastination Shutdown. It took me three months to write, edit, design, beta test, and publish this course. There were days where it would have been easy for me to say, “Not today. I’m just too busy; I’m too tired. I’ll just work on this lesson tomorrow.”

 

But I have a good relationship with productivity. We’ve been working together for years, so I know my productivity and creation game-plans will be there for me whenever procrastination comes knocking—and believe me, procrastination shows up on my doorstep all the time.

 

 

And because I know how great it feels to create when I want, not when procrastination says I can, I want every other creative to take back their time (it’s precious—what has procrastination done to deserve your creative time?).

 

And that’s why I created this eCourse—to guide creatives through a process that will give them the tools they need to overcome procrastination, so they can get back to what really matters: their creativity. (Want to find out more about this course? Just click here >>>)

 

What has procrastination done to deserve your creative time? (click to tweet)

 

I want to hear from you! What goal are you currently working on? What can you do this week to achieve that goal?