• How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 3 of 3]

    If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, reading those first may help give some more context before reading  Part 3. Or you can read this first, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can always refer back to the first two parts of this mini “motivation series.” Part 1 stressed that motivation is not necessarily a feeling. To accomplish something, you can’t solely rely on how motivated you feel. Otherwise, chances are, your “momentum” will not last forever and you’ll easily want to quit. Part 2 stressed that on the other hand, sometimes it’s necessary to be a little more forgiving when someone doesn’t feel…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 2 of 3]

    In Part 1 I talked about the first “extreme” way of looking at the issue of lack of motivation. Extreme #1 is all the way on one side of the spectrum, basically saying that if you’re not motivated, suck it up and forget about your feelings. It’s not about the feeling of motivation. It’s about straight up self discipline. Just do it. So what does Part 2 look like? Now let’s go to the complete opposite side of the spectrum and discuss a much more “forgiving” way of looking at it. Extreme #2: Mental Health On the one hand, sure, self discipline is absolutely necessary to accomplish pretty much anything in…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 1 of 3]

    A couple nights ago one of my best friends sent me a text suggesting/asking that I write something about how to feel motivated when you’re down and low energy – the title of this post. “My current life problem,” she added. My response to her: “I’m definitely not an expert at that one.” Yup, not an expert at all, so I can’t solve your problems. However, I do have some perspective and can share what I’ve learned through my own experience and what I’ve observed of others. There are three parts to what I’ll be sharing, which are three different ways to look at this issue of motivation – two…

  • Productivity

    I’ve been considering what the best approach is to living a life full of productivity. Interestingly enough, I’ve learned that being productive doesn’t necessarily mean pushing yourself to your limit all the time. In fact, my hypothesis is that being productive is actually very easy, if we know how to do it, EVEN if we were born “lazy.” Before I proceed, I want to first say that I’m not promoting a life of getting by with short cuts – but I would say that there are “short cuts,” that is, more efficient ways, to accomplishing various tasks in life. To me, efficiency means less time used and less energy expended,…