I usually have to have quite a structured week as I have lots going on. Monday is for planning. Tuesday for Racing Mentor work. Wednesdays for editorial work and meetings, and so on.
But when the first lockdown started, I was struggling to get into the right mindset to do things on set days. My paid workload had reduced so that gave me the chance to work on things like creating a new site for my content agency.
This gave me so many small things to do that I was struggling to build it into my normal routine. My motivation tanked and I had about a week of just feeling down and overwhelmed.
Then a friend mentioned to me how she was following her flow during that time. She was doing the work she wanted to do rather than following a set routine or structure.
I thought I’d give it a go and it was a game-changer.
During those couple of quiet months, there was still structure to my week because the paid work had to come first and I couldn’t ignore a deadline, but for everything else, I was just seeing where my time took me.
Here’s what I’ve managed to do in during the first lockdown just by letting my interests and motivations take me where they want:
- Wrote more than 10,000 words of my sci-fi novel
- Completed two websites – Layout, design, and copy
- Added 2,000 words to the recently-neglected imposter syndrome book
- Created a handful of digital drawings using my new drawing tablet
- Continued experimenting with the Racing Mentor Instagram
- Read three novels
- Hosted a Racing Mentor webinar
- Put plans in place for a Racing Mentor website redesign
So if you’re struggling with motivation, especially on your own projects, try just following your flow. Do the things you want to do rather than following a set structure — this works really well if you don’t have any firm deadlines.