I’ve been working on C# programming in my spare time for a number of months now and although the satisfaction of seeing my code come to life on the screen is amazing, I’ve realised that it is way too easy to fall off the wagon and just not bother to continue working on a project. So easy, in fact, that I guarantee 100% of you have completely forgotten a project that you said you would ‘definitely’ work on until completion. Whether it be to lose those 4 pounds to working through a lengthy Business Analysis, there are a number of methods that I use and have found that not only have helped me but have helped others.
- 1. Do Something Small.
This is a harder task when at work where you have little to do other than actually work but when working on side projects such as writing, drawing, editing, or reading, doing this for even five minutes can strike up a chain of events that lead you to feel comfortable working for ten minutes, or even fifteen; it’s unlikely that setting yourself 3 hours a day to work on a particular topic is actually going to make you sit there for the 3 hours allotted, that’s not how our brains work, and it can take up to an hour for anyone’s mind to hunger for something a little more appetizing than Page 474 of Crime and Punishment.
- 2. Nothing is the Perfect Incentive.
This may sound a little counter-intuitive but personally, it has worked for me very well. Sitting at a desk and looking at a screen is easy, sitting and desk and looking at a screen with nothing interesting on becomes very old very quickly. When I want to dedicate time towards something I don’t particularly want to do, I sit at my desk and just stare at the screen, now this could be based solely on my incredibly problematic approach to inactivity in which I have to be doing at least something at every point in the day, but relatively quickly I realise I might as well do the thing I set out to do, as doing nothing in its place is even more tedious than doing something tedious.
- 3. Stable and Flexible Moments.
It is impossible to plan every day down to the hour, all of our lives and the lives of the people around us can be erratic, however, it is good to plan some fundamental principles for our daily goals. Waking up and going to bed at certain times is essential, aiming to write a passionate blog or read a chapter of your book are usually more emotional moments, where you feel like doing it, you can’t plan passion, the same as you can’t plan if you are actually going to be interesting in reading your book at this certain time, although the first rule can come in handy in relation to these aspects. You should keep large chunks of your day open to flexibility whilst maintaining aspects of stability, it shows to potential employers that you are able to cope with changing circumstances, and it also shows that you aren’t so relaxed that you don’t plan on completing anything.