In A World Where You Are Constantly "On", Let's Learn How To Stay Motivated
Staying motivated for your learners, staff, and parents is exhaustingly difficult during the pandemic. I read a great blog post about a simple way to stay motivated.
Traditionally, the way we view motivation looks something like this:
Emotional Inspiration → Motivation → Desirable Action
We wait to be inspired, that will motivate us, and then the desired action will result. I don't know about you, but I am just about at the bottom of my reserves for emotional inspiration. At times, just staying ahead of the next thing coming down the road is all I can muster.
Fortunately, there is another (more positive) way to view motivation. Instead of viewing motivation in a linear way like the example above, we can view it as interacting parts.
In this way, action, inspiration, and motivation work in an interconnected way. The author suggests two ways to use this formula to stay motivated,
1. Start with Action...Do Something! It is easier to just start working on your project, paper, lesson plans, or whatever you are doing than to wait to be inspired. I use this method all of the time. When I write this newsletter, I start by telling myself I am only going to begin the new newsletter by placing a new quote in the template. Invariably what happens is the act of doing something builds momentum for me to do even more. In most cases, I find myself two hours later with a completed newsletter. If I would have waited for "inspiration", I would still be watching the football game! Try this technique this week. When you are feeling particularly unmotivated, just do something!
2. Develop a Ritual. A great example is the 15 minutes of time I suggested you take every day in last week's newsletter. Once you have the discipline to create that time for a few weeks, it will become a ritual that allows you to think, plan, and reflect.
Do not be too concerned about what other people's rituals are...their ritual works for them. Experiment with what works for you. For example, some writers have a goal of writing so many words a day (when I was writing my book, my goal was 1,000 words), other writers write for a set number of hours a day. The ritual only works if it works for you!
So, learner-centered leader, pick something that has been on your "to-do" list for too long and DO SOMETHING toward getting it done this week. Please email me at email@example.com to let me know what you have done! I respond to every single email.