Motivation — n
1. the act or an instance of motivating
2. desire to do; interest or drive
3. incentive or inducement
4. psychol the process that arouses, sustains and regulates human and animal behavior
An interesting concept for sure. Having desire and drive to accomplish something is a problem that I struggle with. I am a giant procrastinator. I can find almost anything to do (including come here and blog) in order to avoid doing the work that I really actually need to get done. Today however I have been very good. In fact I started my motivational get things done attitude last night. I came home after spending 90% of the weekend away from it and I cleaned part of the kitchen, started the kids laundry for school this week, put the kids to bed, read them a story, cleaned the living room. And this morning I finished the kitchen, cleaned the bathroom, switched out the laundry and I have edited some blog stuff.
Normally I am not motivated at all and I can say with perfect certainty that I have tons more to do today that I need to get started on. Most completely uninteresting to you. A shower is on the shorter list. It is just a matter of time this morning before my motivation is gone, and I am reduced to a lame pile of sleepy unhelpful mush. I keep hoping that I get through most of my to do’s before that happens.
Thinking of this word motivation makes me wonder what some of the things that motivate people are. I know that money is a huge motivator. It is one thing in most parts of the world that you honestly can’t live without. You need food and shelter and those things cost money. So then the need for money, motivates people to get a job, which you hopefully have a good education for, since without that you aren’t going to make very much money. There are also unselfish things people are motivated to do. Help others would be one of them. Motivation to please others, and/or God. It is a word that truly covers a lot of ground. Making me wonder how people can stay so motivated.
I am motivated by the same things as most people. I want to take care of my kids, so I am motivated to spend time with them, work a job that helps pay the bills, keep the house clean (this actually keeps the kids happier). Now I can’t say that I stay super motivated all of the time. I have a serious amount of trouble with staying motivated because life is this stupid series of strange daily repetition.
wake up kids
dress kids for school
drive kids to school
bring little ones home
do any business online for the day
bath little kids
dress self and kids
run errands (this could mean a plethora of things)
Pick kids up from school (if Mon or Tues sit in parking lot for 45 min while nephew tutors)
make kids do homework
make a snack
feed the kids
do some more online work
get kids bathed and dressed for bed
clean up dinner
read kids a story
spend an hour griping at the kids because they won’t go to sleep
briefly enjoy peace and quiet till the 2 year old randomly wakes up
finish some work and maybe watch something on netflix
go to sleep
lather, rinse, repeat
There is a great deal more in there of course. This is a short list since most days have some strange chaotic thing draining my time like a vampire. For instance, one of the kids will forget their lunch. This causes a whole unplanned trip to the school. Or it’s Wednesday and Bob actually wants the little ones early, and he of course can’t pick them up because driving is too hard. So I have to take them over there if I want to get anything done. Or my mom’s car won’t work, or my brother needs picked up, or a random assortment of other things. And this summer I am going to add a full time job to this so I can get some money saved for winter time so that I don’t have to work more than part time when the school year starts up again.
So I am trying to learn to be more motivated. I will certainly let you know how that goes. This is laundry week. All the clothes I want to wear are dirty, along with all of my lacy thong panties that I would prefer to be wearing. (not sure why I mentioned that but I am going to leave it in here anyway)
Be motivated this week blog readers. Do something even when you don’t want to. I know that when I get stuff I didn’t want to do done, it is nice to know that it is no longer plaguing me to be finished and sometimes I actually get to do something that I might actually like. Like writing a blog about my boring life exploits.
Money – Pink Floyd (Life’s main motivator)
Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and you’re okay
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team
Money get back
I’m alright Jack keep your hands off my stack.
Money it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the hi-fidelity first class travelling set
And I think I need a Lear jet
Money it’s a crime
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a raise it’s no surprise that they’re
giving none away