Motivation is Hard, But Starting is Harder

I’m a freelance writer now full time, but I’ve been having some problems lately. It is a problem that has plagued me since High School, and that’s motivation. Without the structure of a 9-5 job that I either went to or got fired, I’ve fallen into the trap of procrastination. It’s always “I’ll do this tomorrow!, I’ll be so motivated tomorrow! It’s going to be great.”

Some of my problem is that I love reading, so I spend my time doing that instead of writing, which is what I now get paid to do. When I can pull myself away from my favorite characters, I sit at my computer and then decide to take a nap.

But I’ve learned that motivation isn’t really my biggest problem, nay. My problem is actually getting started. Once I start something, I’m pretty good at getting things done. Oh, I still get distracted by YouTube or Twitter or Facebook or whatever, but I’ll go be distracted for a few minutes, then go back to what I should’ve been working on all along.

But starting for me has been hard, and I don’t really get it, or how I can change it. I guess it is all a matter of will power, but it is something that I’m going to have to work on now that my entire income stream requires that I motivate myself and not have someone there to do it for me.

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