Recently, I feel as though I’ve fell into the trap of the motivation cycle.
I’m sure all of us are familiar with this idea, regardless of whether we were aware of it or not. Approximately a month ago, I felt quite unmotivated to complete any work for the YouTube channel or newsletter. I haven’t uploaded a video in almost 3-4 weeks, and I’ve missed a couple of these newsletters too.
I think that this struggle has largely boiled down to me running into the limitations of relying on motivation. When I set out to create YouTube videos consistently, I relied heavily on motivation - feelings of excitement and eagerness to help me sit down and film.
Overtime, these feelings reduced, and I was left with the feeling of not wanting to do things that I initially enjoyed. The motivation cycle begins when the feeling of burnout prompts us to make big changes, which spur on out motivation again. Even though we might feel remotivated, this motivation is often short-lived and fails to address the underlying problem.
Recently I’ve found that a sustainable solution to these problems is to constantly pace myself with important habits. Instead of relying on motivation to study, script videos be productive, I’ve set up habits that allow me to be productive everyday, without relying on motivation.
The switch from motivation to habits is an incredibly powerful one, and it also means that I have a reserve of motivation that I can call upon when needed.
At the moment, I’ve been building the habits of waking up at the same time, meditating and studying for at least 30 minutes. Even though these habits are relatively small, I find that they compound into large benefits over time.