About every six months, I find a new interest I start to pursue, but before too much time passes my interest fades away. Within the past 5 years, I have started and given up several hobbies that I enjoy, but find myself getting overwhelmed when I try and jump back in. The constant inability to focus on one interest for an extended period has left me with several questions: Is this normal? Am I going crazy? Maybe I have ADD. While the latter two are certainly possibilities, I believe the answer to the question of normalcy to be yes, this is normal and something I’m sure everyone has experienced at one time or another. Then, my next question is why am I switching around hobbies that I love doing so much so often? I’ve come to realize that I lose my focus for something due to a lack of motivation. If you’re now thinking, this sounds a lot like me, keep reading, because I have found some motivational tips that have worked for me.
Plan Ahead and Finish Completely
As someone who tends to lose focus so easily, I have found it helps me to plan something ahead of time to prevent this from happening. I will decide what I am going to do and how much time I will spend on it before I start the project. I also need to commit to finishing what I started, which helps me stay focused and interested in what I am doing. Maybe this could help you too.
Make It Interesting
If you’re lacking motivation for something, odds are you are growing bored with what you are doing. To change this, find new ways to make it interesting. For example, challenge yourself and see how many days in a row you can go doing what you need to be motivated. Then reward yourself with an incentive every time you complete a challenge or break your record. Challenge yourself and set goals that you follow through with to avoid losing your motivation.
Make It Fun
Get your friends involved with what you are doing and have them offer up ways to help you. See if they are interested in what you are doing. If they have an interest, you have found another thing to do with your friends. Everything is better with friends, and having their support will help you to stay focused until you complete a goal. In addition, their encouragement after every goal you meet will help you to want to keep up the good work, helping you to stay motivated.
Try these three tips for staying motivated, and I bet you will see a difference. Do not forget to acknowledge your accomplishments too, which will help. I have lost motivation and gained it back more times than I can count, but this time is different. I reached out and asked some of my friends for help and their support and encouragement has been overwhelming, making me want to keep writing more articles. Getting paid when my articles are accepted for publication is also a huge incentive. So remember that it doesn’t take much to stay motivated if you have fun, make it interesting, and remember to plan ahead and finish what you start. Good luck!