As you can see, I am really getting into the Christmas spirit! What can I say? I’m dreaming of a white (although it has already snowed since October) Christmas.
Anyways, back to topic. How does one obtain motivation? The motivation to get up each morning. The motivation to complete homework. The motivation to exercise. Motivation comes hand and hand with procrastination, something I know much too well. I have been known to do this about homework, especially AP chemistry problem sets of high school days past. But how does one gain motivation and is procrastination necessarily a bad thing? Let’s see what the wise brainies have to say on this….
“Never leave that til tomorrow which you can do today” ~Benjamin Franklin
“Never put off til tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well” ~Mark Twain
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today” ~Abraham Lincoln
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” ~Marthe Troly-Curtin
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him” ~Charles Dickens
“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there” ~Cormac McCarthy
Hmmmmm quite conflicted. On one hand, do it now! Have it be done and move on to other things, better things. By having completed your work, you won’t feel guilty about engaging in other exciting activities. On the other hand, life is too short to always be running around doing things you don’t really want to do. Why not pace yourself and enjoy the time you have?
I offer up a story. To lose that freshman fifteen (darn you delicious Colby food), I have been trying to exercise more. However, at college that involves walking across campus in the cold while nearly dying slipping on ice. Nu-uh. Not for me. I would always think, I have too much work to do or it’s snowing or it’s already dark and I don’t want to walk that far. But that wasn’t going to help me. Exercising for just a single hour increases my metabolism (making me healthier), releases endorphins (making me happier), and makes me less tired (making me more productive). In the end, very beneficial. If I just had the motivation to leave my dorm, I could have been feeling better and less stressed. I have never been the sporty exercise person, but when I got home for winter break, I had a lot of time on my hands. So I decided to utilize it and go on the elliptical. Although I have used it before, I have never lasted over a good 10 minutes before gasping for air. But thinking thoughtfully about the pros of exercise (and jamming out to some One Direction), I motivated myself to stay on for 45 minutes followed by core exercises and stretching.
So as you can see, you must motivate yourself to get things done.
“Time waits for no man”