Derek Sivers

When you’re extremely un-motivated

I’ve been feeling extremely un-motivated lately. I don’t know why.

I look at things that excited me just a few months ago, and I think, “Why bother? What’s the point?” I don’t feel like doing anything.

What do you do when you don’t want to do anything?

Well, I also have a list of things that I should do, things that really need doing, but I never feel like it.

Boring things. Necessary things. Things I’ve been putting off for years, but really do need to get done. The reason I never do them is I’m always more excited about something else.

Ah, but I’m not excited about anything now, am I?

So now, when I’m not excited about anything else, is a perfect time to do them!

So I made a list of these necessary things, and have been getting them all done. It’s not fun, but I use some caffeine, and get through it. It actually feels pretty good.

Conventional wisdom tells us to do the important and difficult thing first, but doing this boring work has moved me from a state of doing nothing to doing something. I’m just starting to feel like doing something important again.

So next time you’re feeling extremely un-motivated, do those things you never want to do anyway.