If you’re reading this and are having an unmotivated off day as well:
Write your road map with me.
I was inspired by Yunzhe Zhou and Jessica Nicasio’s articles on building a personal roadmap when writing this, as well as Zach Arend’s work on living with intention. Benjamin P. Hardy, too. Thank you. ❤
Step 1: Figure Out The Problem
Reflect and write down the top 3 reasons why you feel a lack of motivation.
I find myself unmotivated for three reasons:
- Fear of failure (being judged, incompetence, imperfectionism…)
- Habit of laziness
- Forgetting my end goal
Step 2: Write Down and Reflect on How the Problem Negatively Affects You
Write down and reflect on how the problem negatively affects you:
- Failure –> I’m paralyzed. I get lost in my thoughts instead of trying to fix the mistake. I just think about thinking.
- Habit of laziness –> I don’t get work done, I’m rushed at the end of the day. I end up procrastinating, sleeping, randomly driving around the neighborhood/exploring stores with no intention of buying anything.
- Forgetting my end goal –> I go back to numbers 1 and 2.
Step 3: Brainstorm Solutions. Start From the Bottom.
3. Remind yourself of your evolving goals
Remember that end goals don’t exist. If you’ve met your end goal, it means you’ve stopped growing.
If you haven’t already, figure out what you want the theme — your personal brand — for your life to be. What idea is going to get you up at 4:00 A.M. every morning?
2. Challenge Your Bad Habits. Fight Until You Win.
- Build in an incentive for the end of the day AND for the end of the week that is meaningful to you.
- Write down the things you must accomplish today. Draw a checkbox next to each task.
- Set a timer for each task to create a sense of urgency. You only have today. Tomorrow you’re moving on.
- Sketch out the week in a journal or monthly planner.
- At the end of the day, check off everything that you have accomplished and repeat steps 1–5.
1. Fear of Failure? Nonexistent.
- If you remind yourself of your evolving goals, failure is not an option.
- If you are consistent with your habits and get things done, you will find success every single day.
The Ordinary Love Story’s Roadmap
Why I get up at 4:00 A.M. every morning:
I am a writer — crafted by God’s hands — documenting the love story of His people. Built on love: I create resources for teachers and wanderers, supporting small business, community, and travel.
* If you don’t remind yourself of your “end goal”, you’re going to dread the next part of the process. →
What I MUST accomplish today:
- Create my lessons for the next two days (4 hours).
- Complete paperwork to submit to colleagues (1 hour).
- Shut off technology: read a book for 30 minutes (30 minutes).
- Write down the specific tasks I must accomplish tomorrow in my journal (15 minutes).
- Read scripture and meditate on God.
- Go to sleep by 10:30 P.M.
This Week’s Sketch:
After the 7:00–4:00 teaching schedule:
Incentive of the Day: Have extra time to read more.
Incentive of the Week: Visit the zoo to be with nature and animals.
*A rough sketch of the week which can be as specific or general as you want it to be.
Plan your adventure to success. Roadmap with me. I would love to hear your story about how you are reaching your dreams!
My roadmap is going to look different from yours. But that’s okay. We’ll figure everything out along the way.
The Ordinary Love Story