Think of the end result to stay motivated

by Martin Reed on 24 September 2007 in Snippets

Think ahead to stay motivated

Developing an online community is tough. Really tough. You need to constantly work hard at creating content and promoting your site. After working for weeks without a break and only seeing a handful of new visitors, you may struggle to remain motivated.

The feel good factor

Your body rewards you for getting things done. Remember the last time you got that job done that had been on your ‘to do’ list for longer than you can remember? How did you feel? You felt great, right? That’s the feel good factor at work!

Every time I write a new blog post and click the ‘Publish’ button, I feel great. Perhaps this is partly relief that I have managed to get around to actually writing an article, but I think it is simply my brain rewarding me for getting the job done.

Recall and look forward to the feel good factor

Every time I need to get a blog post written, I remember how good it felt the last time I clicked that ‘Publish’ button. Remembering the sense of accomplishment motivates me to start writing. Every time my ‘to do’ list gets a little too long, I sit and work for hours to get it cleared. The sense of achievement I feel afterwards is more than worth the effort.

Don’t always see the results of your work in black and white. Just because you are working for hours a day but only seeing a few extra visitors to your site, think about the other rewards and benefits – your site is becoming more valuable every single time you add content, every single time you make an improvement and every single time you clear an item from your ‘to do’ list. What’s more, you should be feeling great each time this occurs.

Next time you are struggling to get motivated, think of the feel good factor and use it to ensure you start working. When the job is done, enjoy the feeling of a job well done and look forward to more of the same in the future!

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Fun gadgets September 24, 2007 at 6:22 pm

You’re absolutely right. I feel good when I get stuff done, but recently, I’ve been VERY bad about procrastinating on some projects for several weeks, and it’s actually starting to feel BAD. It’s on my mind all the time even though I continue to blow stuff off. So, you can feel great for getting stuff done, or put it off too long and you might feel awful – it goes both ways.

Natasha ( September 25, 2007 at 2:07 pm

I’ve just started a new blog, and at the moment the temptation is to publish post after post. However, I know that I’m not going to have time to post so frequently in the future, so I’m trying to save some backup posts for that time. I think this’ll work as a long-term strategy, but it’s hard to resist that immediate gratification of pressing the publish button after finishing each one!

Anyway, thanks for your post Martin… I always enjoy reading this blog.

Smiley September 25, 2007 at 5:05 pm

It’s hard to stay motivated, especially when you’re not saying as big results as you had hoped. I started getting a bit lazy the other day, I haven’t finished the helpdesk yet. I must give myself a kick up the bum and get it done.

It feels really good once you do something right; especially when you do it for that very first time. I’ve installed some really advanced hacks on my phpBB, and the ‘feel good factor’ was……. WOW !!

It’s amazing. Plus I came home from the curry house last night to a rather pleasant e-mail from a visitor, reading it really made me feel warm inside. It’s great when people appreciate the small things that you do, he was telling me how impressed he is about my view on chat-pervs and dealing with them (he said he was a mod at chat-avenue).

That really helped me motivate myself today, sat in my room again chatting to visitors, old and new, keeping them in.

The room is what drags me down sometimes. Sitting in there all night to keep it going, with just a dozen regulars and one or two new visitors every hour or so.

But.. a lot of new chat sites would kill for a dozen regular chatters, and one or two new visitors every hour!

Hirsutism September 26, 2007 at 5:56 am

You are right. It is always better to think about the end result and keep going. I make a to-do everyday first thing in the morning. And gives me immense satisfaction the day I have ticked everything that was there on my to-do list.
Thinking about the end result surely keeps you motivated to work through the boring part of your work.

Costa Rica Real Estate Jack September 26, 2007 at 8:13 am

So true. And so much related with the words of Stephen R. Covey from his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Begin with the end in mind. I think the present state and everything that we do determine the result of our future.

Martin Reed - Blog Author September 26, 2007 at 6:01 pm

Fun gadgets – You’re right; it definitely does go both ways. Oh, and as for procrastination – come join the club!

Natasha – Thanks for your kind comments. It can be so easy to post like crazy when starting a new blog. I had no problems posting every single day for the first few months. After a while though, this was just unsustainable and I now aim for a minimum of three new articles each week.

Smiley – Having regular members is just the foundation you need. You have to have something to build on in order to be successful. Those regular users are your lifeblood – keep them happy and your site will be a success.

As for the emails from happy visitors – they’re great aren’t they? They really help to motivate you and help you realise the fact that your hard work is not all in vain.

Hirsutism – Having a to-do list is a fantastic idea, and one I strongly recommend. Just as long as you can bring yourself to actually clearing it, rather than merely adding to it, that is!

Jack – I will have to take a look at that book, it looks like Mr Covey has been stealing my ideas ;)