How To Stay Motivated When Life Is Less Than Motivating



Posting frequency has been a bit erratic here lately (obvs). With the folding of the New York Sun, I lost my main source of income, causing me to rethink my goals and my ideal work situation. In addition, as I wait on several checks, I’m terrified of the money running out before I can pay all of my bills. Though such instability can be a common occurrence for the freelancer, the situation has left me feeling depressed and unfocused.

I still can’t deny, however, that it’s a definite treat to be able to spend so much time writing from home. So how do I keep myself motivated?

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Coffee Break: Tricks for Self-Motivation

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At the moment, my friend Christina is struggling with doing up her grad school apps, and preparing for the GREs. The biggest problem? Motivation.

I think we can all understand that (or am I the only one with a penchant for procrastination?).

The thing she’s doing that I find absolutely brilliant is that she’s using FutureMe as a self-motivating tool, sending herself messages that list what she hopes she’s accomplished by then.

I use Ta-da List to list what I need to get done, but it doesn’t periodically nudge me, which is probably something I’d benefit from. If you need a nudge, check out the links after the jump, and then let us now how you keep yourself motivated, whether you reward yourself with a cup of coffee (or six) or celebrate your accomplishments with a night on the town.

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