How do you keep yourself motivated?

Shakil Ahmed
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Motivation or willpower is not an infinite resource. It's much like a muscle that can get tired. How do you recharge yourself in those situations?

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Listen.BuildTeams.Execute.
Yes I feel this pain all the time. My drive goes up and down.
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Mutrics Glasses
@rahulbansal Come on! There are many things you are involved in.
Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@rahulbansal Previously I was not so mindful about it. Now, I understand that the lack of motivation is temporary and I will be back on track in no time.
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Mutrics Glasses
Keep engaged with some positive things and people, you will get motivation from the feedback from them!
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@mutrics_official Being in a community helps. I'm spending my free time on indie hackers :D
Impact driven social entrepreneur.
Just get feedback from the people you are doing your work for. Take their smile, take the shared passion, and listen. Take it as compliment that they share, work, critic your ideas. That is where I get my motivation from, every day. And believe me, I already got a lot of days behind me :-) but more to come. It is not the understanding that shapes us; it is experience. Go for it!
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@gordianoverschmidt Thanks for sharing. I will definitely keep it in mind.
Marketing Enthusiast
I usually listen to motivational playlists on Spotify when I'm down
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@parisa_mosadegh It works for me too!
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Project Management Specialist
Coffee/tea, music, craic (banter), exercise/stretching - typically in that order.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@arseniyw for me it's Coffee, movie/podcast
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Senior Software Developer
I face this issue a lot. I still have no solution that works for me. I guess maintaining momentum helps here.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@harshilsharma63 I face this issue by acknowledging it's one of the experiences I will have as a human being. Sometimes listening to motivational audio, podcasts help. If nothing works, I just take a break :D
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Open for opportunities
I allow myself some rest - tell myself that I'll do absolutely nothing work-related today so that I have energy tomorrow. Sometimes the other way round - I'll work hard right now and will get the results needed so that I can read something not work-related in the evening. I recharge during the weekends and when I am active physically. So when I know there's yoga, dance class of vocal class I'll have to miss if I don't do something, it helps me get things done.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@tanya_volkova I take my entrepreneurial journey as a play, even then it gets overwhelming at times. When I feel less motivated than usual, I will just try to complete the logistical tasks that do not require much attention.
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Founder, Developer at Crucial Human
As a bootstrapped founder, I look at my dwindling bank account as motivation. I also look at my family and remember that I'm doing this for them. For some reason, negativity is a great motivator for me personally.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@eddieaich some people do better under pressure, you are one of them.
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Techie + Serial Entrepreneur
@eddieaich ain't that the truth :-D
Product Hacker
I find the best solution is to remove yourself from what you normally do. Escaping to exercise, meet up with someone, or do something creative are my outlets. I have recently taken to meditation and highly recommend it. All of these outlets give you a sense of grounding and have a recharging effect. When complete, I find myself ready to press forward.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@justalever I'll start meditating again.. been away from it for too long
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Serial Entrepreneur
Looking at stripe dashboard keeps me motivated.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
Building Clapup.me
What I do to motivate myself every day? every day when I wake up, I will devote around 30 minutes to think about my goals. I will start thinking about who will be I and where I will be if I achieved my goals. I will compare myself to some real-world personalities which I can be if I achieved my goals. This fuels me every day. It really worked for me but I dont know if it will work for you. Excuse for my bad english.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@sreekanth850 this is really a good way to stay focused. Thank you for sharing
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Community & Operations @ Product Hunt ⚑️
I've been doing the thing where I have 1 main goal for each day. Makes things more manageable. And often I find that one goal turns into three goals, and they all get accomplished. I also am into reminding myself what I'm grateful for every morning. Even just one thing.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@jacqvon Defining a main goal is an interesting idea!
Founder of Solvers
Customer validation :)
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@kirkdonohoe I can understand :)
digital marketer at Approveit
As for me, the key was to understand that being not on top of your productivity is okay. Let yourself be lazy is an important part of being productive. I just allow myself a day of easy ongoing zen work and it usually energizes me enough to start complicated tasks the next day. Of course, loving what you do is massively important, but that's a given.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@katyaveremeichik I agree on it totally! understanding that feeling a lack of motivation is temporary is a key part of dealing with it.
Entrepreneur and video strategist
I have done a lot of research on this via my passion project www.magic-middle.com where I interview CEO's and sports coaches. There are many right answers, but my favorite is managing MOMENTUM. It goes up and down but there is always a little nugget of progress, you just need to call attention to it. For example, today we hit a snag with a key part of our product, but that also brought some clarity to the root cause of the issue we had been seeing for a week now. It was frustrating and felt like progress was not being made. With the team all on a video call, I brought a calming attitude and focused on re-iterating what I was hearing to make sense of a complex situation. Then I found another aspect of our company that made huge progress right at this same time. That was not only motivating, it brought energy and momentum to the frustrating thing we were working on.
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Techie + Serial Entrepreneur
@fritzly yeah, so this is a key point, for sure! The reality is that progress really happens when companies are learning. Positive feedback, by sales say. is the most obvious way we know that. However, the negatives are just as important. Since we learn a lot by something not working. As the quote says "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways it that won't work". Those non-solutions are also part of the solution space we must look through to find the solution that work and people accept.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@fritzly Magic in the middle looks interesting!
Entrepreneur and video strategist
@shakilahmed Thanks! It was a very fun project at a key transition period from startup #1 (brandlive.com) to startup #2 (zipcan.com).
Marketing magician
Running has helped! Whenever i find that I cannot solve a problem or I lose steam, I try to get a run in and that helps bring me back.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@justgiuls reminds me of Nietzsche's quote β€œAll truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”. In your case it's running :)
Marketing magician
@shakilahmed wise words! I'm in need of a run today :)
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Keep things on paper. Write down short-term goals for yourself, think about it everyday, slowly progress in the direction you want to everyday more and more. Don't worry about achieving something quickly and rushed, but do worry about progress everyday even if it comes slow. Having short term goals can be better in the sense of coming together and creating a bigger, long term goal in the end. Work on yourself everyday until you get where you want to be.
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@jason_purplerosesupply I write my goals on paper, literally. It feels more tangible. You are right in saying that having a manageable chunk of goal helps with the consistency.
digital marketer at Approveit
@jason_purplerosesupply yeah that actually was of much help for me. Taking a pen and writing goals down on paper triggers something in the brain, and it's super satisfying to cross things you've completed out:)
Being with my family recharges me
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@rajool very true for most of us :)
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hi its me
i am always in pain and i keep thinking of sad thoughts and also i am emotional abused
Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@angelina_rosas_lina_ I'm sorry to hear this. I hope someone with expertise in counselling can help
Product Designer
Write down my goals on paper and focus on them.πŸ“ƒπŸŽ― Before you sleep, visualize yourself achieving my goals.😴🌌 Start your day by doing the thing that is most important to me.πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» Listen to motivational stories on Ted talks and other popular shows.πŸ§‘πŸ»β€πŸ’ΌπŸŽΌ
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Programmer, Entrepreneur.
@sanaz_bidad quite a checklist!
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