Motivation Ebbs and Flows
Motivation ebbs and flows, and I’m beginning to think that must be normal.
Do you know what I intended to do last night? Work on a very cool project that’s (almost!) ready to announce, make more progress on my upcoming podcast, and cross about 12 other things off my list.
Do you know what I actually did yesterday after I got home from work? Spent 3 hours looking at air miles travel options, trying to figure out how we could go on a trip somewhere interesting for free. Then I spent another hour doing who-knows-what before finally starting on the soon-to-be-announced cool project.
Typical ebb and flow
That’s a typical, late in the week, “ebb” for me. I start out the week all fired up, and get a ton of stuff done on Monday, and then it peters out from there. By Friday I feel vaguely anxious at all that’s left undone. So I start to make up for it over the weekend, and am really into things and optimistic on Monday.
I’ve noticed something similar with my money, although thankfully the ebbs don’t happen all that often. For example, I’ll get very fired up about getting our mortgage paid off, we’ll send in money, and I’ll stare at the numbers like crazy, and then…I’ll kind of just let it go for a little while. We still make progress, but I get sidetracked or just lack motivation, and it doesn’t go as fast as I’d like. Rinse and repeat.
Overall, there’s progress, but looks more like climbing hills and valleys while gradually rising in elevation than a rocket shooting for the stars.
So does the ebb and flow need to be addressed?
Maybe it really is normal, and not even something to be addressed. But like all things related to life and money, the more you’re aware of what’s going on, the more effective you’re going to be at getting to where you want to be.
Maybe the key is to just take advantage of the natural cycle, and/or to get cheerleaders to help you get back on track when you show signs of veering off.
What do you think? I’m hoping this will be a participatory post, since I sure don’t have the answer :)