Including Other Things People Say and Do to Motivate and Stay on Task
Have you ever been somewhere, where you wanted to be at first, and then you wanted to leave?
I usually want to be where I am, and my brother usually wants to be where he is going next. I have noticed that once I get somewhere, I have to give myself a schedule to leave or else I will just stay until everyone has left.
For him, he likes to set a timeline which allows him to stay long enough, and then he frequently leaves just a little bit before that time is up.
I think an accurate description for my brother and me is that I have stagnant inertia (or lack of inertia), so I like to stay where I am, and he has forward inertia, because he is always moving to the next thing.
Currently, I am grand-pup sitting.
I was sitting in my local Starbucks last week, where I have gotten to know several other people who also spend time in Starbucks.
My son, one of the puppy’s dads, was home sleeping, and so was Mosby, our puppy. He is just about 1.5, so he’s still got another 1.5 years of puppy-dom.
The person I was sitting next to had to leave to drive to a different town. I utilized that opportunity to leave as well, since I wanted to make sure I got home to the puppy at a decent time.
I said ‘I need to let the puppy out’. This was a true statement, and was what was helping motivate me to move from my current location of Starbucks.
My new friend was reminded of someone who used to say that as his ‘goodbye’ line. The person (he could not remember where his reference came from), used to say that everytime he was ready to leave.
It is probably the equivalent of saying ‘I have to go, I have a meeting’, which I said a lot in my previous role as Director at a social service agency.
The thing was, I almost always did have a meeting to attend. I supervised 13 staff, had meetings in four counties, and I have a tendency to chat.
Due to my own love of chatting, at work I try to limit my chatting times to right before I have to be somewhere.
This leads me to a couple of things to think about for today:
What things do you like to say when you need to transition from one location to another, and you don’t have a ‘work’ or ‘obligation’ reason to do that?
What helps motivate you to go somewhere when you would rather stay where you are?
If you are someone who has trouble motivating yourself to start doing something, what self-talk, action, or reward do you give yourself to help yourself get it done?
If you are someone who is more likely to stay where you are, what words, phrases, or incentives do you use to help yourself get to that next place?
If you always want to move on the next thing, what timelines do you give yourself to stay where you are before moving on?
Now for today’s goal: Set yourself a goal to do something, whether it is a work obligation, a fun obligation, or just something for you, and try to make that happen.
Now set a goal for when you want that to happen-how about today, tomorrow, or at least this week?
Have a great day! Hope your motivational efforts are effective and help you complete a task or two today.