Getting motivated to be productive
There are many ways to get motivated to be productive. Being more productive is good all around, but we live in a lazy world and it is so easy to not be productive, especially with so many distractions. Try some of the following:
1. Look at results of not being productive. A lot of times it is difficult to get motivated to be productive. We would rather sleep, eat, watch television, or do any number of other things rather than be productive, especially on a day off. So, one of the best ways to be motivated to be productive is to look at what will happen to your life if you are not productive. For example, let's say you have a lot of work to do, and you have three hours today to do it, and then the next day. If you waste your time during those three hours, then the next day you will be stressed out and have no free time. So, what if someone were to call you and invite you to the movies. Because you were not productive the day before you won't be able to go. By not being productive during some free time, or even during time devoted to work, you end up having less fun later. But, if you are productive, you feel good about things, and you get the huge benefit of having the ability to do things on the spur of the moment later.
2. Set time aside for playing and time aside for being productive. If you want to be productive, and you want to get motivated to be productive, you will want to set time aside just for playing and time just for being productive. This is a huge motivator because it means you know that when you have time to play that is what you get to do. When you are supposed to be productive you get to be productive. When you are supposed to be playing, you get to play. So, what this means that you do not have to feel that weight hanging over your head when you are playing and you have work to do. If you want to get motivated to be productive you have to have balance, productivity and fun.
3. Be productive with someone else. Things are always easier when you have a friend. Let's face it, it is always easier to have a good time with friends, and even easier to be responsible and productive when someone else is around or doing it with you. For example, if you need to clean your kitchen, and someone stops in, often times that is just the motivation you need to actually get it clean. So, if you need to be productive with work, hook up with a buddy, work together, then break together, eat lunch together, etc. If you want to get motivated to be productive with your home work, join a study group. Working as a group makes working at anything easier, at least for most.
If you can do the above three things you will get motivated to be productive. Just beware, being productive can be contagious. When you start realizing how much better you feel when you get more done, you will want to be productive all the time, and it can be difficult to relax. So, be sure to really pay attention to number two. You have to be productive, and have time for play. So, decide when you want to be productive, and decide when you want to play, and enjoy doing it.