There’s no doubt; I have a lot on my plate. As I strive to build up four blogs, three YouTube channels, a Twitch stream, an eBook, and my novel, it can seem overwhelming. And a few years ago, it would have been too much to handle. But lately, the motivation has been strong and driving me forward.
And this says nothing about doing all the client work I do every day.
I know what you’re thinking…”dick.”
But before you hit the back button, let me start by saying, “I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad, here.” In fact, just the opposite.
It’s always my goal to inspire others to do more, to become more, to reach their goals. That’s mostly what drives me to do what I do on all of my websites.
How Do I Find Motivation to Keep Writing?
Don’t get me wrong, I have my down days. Who doesn’t? And I’ve had to eat a ton of garbage, both physically and mentally, to get where I am today.
It wasn’t a walk in the park.
In many ways, I’m still looking for motivation to keep pushing on. And there have been a few times in the last couple of years when I started to feel overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel.
But, I’m glad that I stuck with everything and still striving to do more.
So, how did I get myself to this point and where do I find the energy to put into all of my projects?
Get into the Habit of Writing Every Morning
One of the things that has made the biggest impact on me recently was the case study I did for this blog in 2020. I wanted to see if blogging every day for a month did anything for search results and traffic.
However, it did have a beneficial side effect. I created a habit of writing every day. Nowadays, I feel weird if I don’t start writing first thing in the morning.
I also find that writing first thing sets the tempo for the rest of the day. In fact, I’m often far more productive on days that I write for an hour or two before anything else.
So, if you’re having trouble with finding the motivation to write, try your own blogging case study.
Knowing this is Not Where I End
I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the end game of all my brands, recently. Where do I want the blogs and channels to go? What do I want in the end?
Now, a lot of people get into blogging simply to make money. And that’s fine. But for me, I am always looking for continuous development.
I guess part of this is simply trying to push myself so I can work towards overcoming my perceived limits. And if I don’t maintain motivation to keep moving forward, none of my end goals will come about.
Listening to My Fan Base
Those who watch my videos or read my blog posts are incredibly motivational for me. For one thing, I don’t want to let anyone down. I love helping others and do what I can to answer as many questions as possible.
This has had a bit of a nice side effect, as well. In my drive to answer someone’s question about using Kindle Direct Publishing, I’m actually getting inspired to publish my own work on Amazon.
At any rate, my viewers and readers hold me to account. And the larger that audience grows, the more of an impact it makes on my motivation to keep doing what I do.
Understanding My Ultradian Rhythm
I did a video recently about the ultradian rhythm. And for me, it’s an incredible process to keep me productive.
It’s kind of like your biorhythm in where you benefit from ups and downs in your energy levels throughout the day. By finding your groove, you can get more done.
For instance, push for a 90-minute stretch of working then take a 20-minute break. But, the breaks need to be void of anything that is mentally stimulating.
So, no phones, digital entertainment, social media, etc.
Anyway, I find that going with this flow helps me maintain focus throughout the day. And if I take a break within 60 minutes of working, it really throws off my rhythm for being productive.
Morning Exercise Routines
I push this quite often because it works exceptionally well for me. One of the things I love to do most first thing in the morning is getting my heart rate up.
That’s because cardio exercise does wonders for motivation and mental processing power. In fact, a lot of studies show how exercising can improve everything from moods to cognitive function.
It enhances brainpower!
Personally, I’m a fan of playing the Xbox Kinect and working up a sweat. Recently, I’ve been playing around with the Bodyblade. But it really doesn’t matter as long as you maintain a good workout routine.
Watching My Stats Climb
Something else that motivates me to keep moving forward is watching the stats of all my projects improve. But, that’s because I am a major dork when it comes to collecting data.
Whether it’s page views for the blogs or watch time on the videos, I love looking for ways to improve.
I still geek out about WriterSanctuary’s growth over the past couple of years. It’s double traffic each time, which gets me excited. Sure, I still don’t get 7,000 visits per month. But the constant growth is what empowers me.
And my goal of hitting one million words in 2021 is a fun game. The side effect of which is being far more productive than I have been in quite some time.
Tackling One Thing at a Time
The trick to juggling all of my projects is to stabilize the production of one thing at a time. This helps my levels of motivation as I don’t feel overwhelmed on a daily basis.
For example, I started with making sure WriterSanctuary.com has three blog posts per week. Then, I went on to make sure it has the same production value on YouTube.
Then, I moved on to PracticallyLivingGreen.com and hired a writer to make sure it gets posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Then I can focus on other content for the blog or other improvements.
Next, I’m working on stabilizing the workflow for ColoradoPlays.com…and so on.
So far, it’s been working out great. I don’t stress about the things I haven’t accomplished yet and focus more on what I need to do to align everything just right.
In the end, everything I do is incredibly fun for me. Every blog post I create, every video I upload, and every moment I am live with my audience, I enjoy each moment.
I guess that’s the trick to handling a lot of things in life, really. Because if you’re not having fun, you’re more likely to quit.
I even have fun managing my client’s team of writers. Sure, I get stressed out. But I still love my job and enjoy it immensely.
Where Does Your Motivation Come From?
Motivation can come from anywhere, really. It all depends on what you have in your life that inspires you to be more than you are. This could be children, a bigger home, a car, or even hitting 1,000 subscribers on YouTube.
It all centers on you and what you want out of the situation.
Because you’d have a better chance of being eaten alive by an alligator while on a plane flying to California in the middle of a blizzard during a full moon than having success just happen.
You’ve got to make it happen.