What drives you to do work?
My theme for today is do-super-a-lot-of-work day!
My working model for self-motivation is to immerse myself in a particular type of environment. Not too intense like the study rooms or the libraries in campus (what a horrifying thought), not too distracting (McDonald’s has just too much food) and not prison-like (my hostel room).
It must be a place with a superb ambient, accessible food and drinks (I need a sugar and caffeine-rush), and most importantly, it must have a power source and Internet-access. Add a great music playlist, or a drama/movie playing in the background, and that’s perfection.
(Yes, similar to people and myself, I demand a lot from my laptop. It has to have at least 2 browsers open with dozens of tabs, a video or music playing in the background, several Microsoft Office documents open, and of course, Facebook, GTalk, MSN, and Skype).
Back to the perfect site for work: What does that mean? It’s a trip to Starbucks today!
And, only one specific Starbucks does it for me. Have I told you how much I love Wheelock Place’s Starbucks?
It’s time to force myself to sit down, reply emails, read tonnes of articles on water rights (and rights to water… blah, legal stuff), write a movie review, reply more emails, and if I have some time, read on virtue ethics.
My friends and family constantly asked me on why do I do this to myself? Why take on so much to do? Why not just relax?
Well, one thing is that last December, I learned the surest way to get unmotivated is to be lazy. I had so much free time that I was getting stressed out because I had so much time!
Okay, I do agree that it is pure luxury to have a lazy day. Sometimes, I stay indoors all day, and slouch around (think Bruno Mars’ ‘The Lazy Song’). But, to do it every single day, it is a slow but sure way to get an extremely dull life.
So, I love work. Doing work and being proactive always give me the dopamine rush needed to boost my internal happiness. And, I need it in buckets these days to endure plenty of insufferable somethings.