How do you stay motivated or make yourself do something?
I'm a senior in high school, and applying for colleges and writing responses for PIQs has been a struggle. Everyday, I know I need to do them but I can't find myself to get up and actually do them. I try to have a positive outlook on them, but I still feel the dread and pressure of doing it. It makes me nervous to think that what I write now will completely change my life.
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Self motivation has always been a challenge for me. When I was in school, I liked due dates and deadlines. That forced me to schedule my studies and plan backwards so that I had time to finish everything. On my calendar I put the due dates, and I also put the days on which I would be working on a particular project. I always knew what to do and that if I didn't do it when scheduled, I would fall behind.
I still work that way. I like it when my clients give me due dates and deadlines. Those outside expectations motivate me. One of my publisher's said to me, "you are the only writer who ALWAYS meets her deadlines." I work hard for that kind of praise.
Sometimes the motivation and rewards have to be internal. So I create rewards for myself: time off, time to work on a hobby, tickets to an event, a piece of jewelry. And I make sure that I have achieved the goal I set, or completed the project I was working on before I reward myself.
Whether you are responding to internal motivation or external motivation, to keep yourself going requires discipline, self-determination, and love. Love? Love of yourself and what you accomplish, love of what you are doing, or love for the rewards you will give yourself.