Motivation

My method to get enough exercise during #StayAlone and to have a physical balance to sitting at the desk is to go out regularly by myself, ride a bike or run a little. Although I occasionally decided and tried to run more again (I used to run quite a bit and had pretty good conditions), I always gave up quite quickly because I somehow lacked motivation and preferred to spend my time in other ways.

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When was the last time you watched a 90 minute movie without drifting off with the thoughts, pulling out the smartphone or doing something else in between than watching the movie? I often cannot even manage to watch a 30 minute video without being distracted. At least when I am alone, it is always very difficult for me to focus and not to be distracted during passive entertainment. When I watch a movie with my girlfriend, it usually works out quite well and I can much better focus on the movie or if so, the little distraction by her is enough.
Tomorrow is the first day of the new semester with two lectures, one in the forenoon, one in the evening. I am really very curious how this semester will be and if everything will work out as I have planned. Although the practical phase was only very short (only 6 weeks), it will still be a change from going to the office at the same time every day and not having to do anything after work, to going to university at different times every day, sometimes even in the evening, and then to do tasks and study at home.
When I wanted to create the file for todays blog post, my static blog system told me, there’s already a post with the same post slug. That wondered me and I thought it must be an error. But it wasn’t. I already wrote about “lack of motivation” more than a year ago. That just shows how much I struggle with motivation. At the moment I struggle a lot again. Currently I have to learn for exams.
Today I had no university. But that didn’t mean I had nothing to do. I had a lot to do. I had to learn so much for my exams next week! But today I also noticed how hard it is to ignore distractions. Distractions are everywhere. A few examples: I want to write a simple mail to someone at the company, but I find another mail… I want to do some online exercises but while typing the URL into the address bar, my eye catches something in the auto completion list… A notification appears on my phone and instead of turning it off, I keep using it and eventually end up watching YouTube videos instead of learning.
I was about writing a post complaining about failing with my new goals. But does complaining bring you any further in life? No! So I’m writing about my positive progress instead, because I did a morning run today and it feels sooo great… 😏 Today, I got up at 5 am. Yes, that’s really early compared to the times I got up over the last weeks, which was usually just 7:30, sometimes even 8:30.
There are things I don’t like to do, but I have to. Due to that there’s a lack of motivation sometimes, I just don’t want to do it, but I have no other option. The worst kind of things I don’t like to do are the things I’m stuck at. When I just have no idea how to solve them. And there are things I like to do, but lack motivation to.
Things aren’t going well currently. My procrastination is my top activity and the list with tasks to do is growing each day. My room is a mess and I’m using my phone more than I should. But what’s wrong? Why is my motivation kidding me? Why can’t I get myself to do something productive? Like writing an article or writing a few lines of code? But instead I somehow end up watching YouTube videos, scrolling through my Twitter feed and browsing the web.
I am an hobby Android developer and the developer of an app called Teleposter. It’s a simple and lightweight wrapper around the publishing platform Telegraph, which is created by Telegram and helps people publish articles the most simplest way. It’s even more simple than Medium. You don’t need to create any account or something like this. Just write and publish. It is pretty nice for Telegram Channel owners, who like to share some more information than possible in a simple Telegram message.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.