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Millennial Executive: Do “Nothing” to Motivate Yourself


In case you missed it, our Vice President of Online Strategies has her own blog called “The Millennial Executive.” Since the SOM blog (Samantha on Monday) started on this site, we don’t want our readers to miss out on her newest article!

The article is published over on The Millennial Executive and has been partially reproduced here with permission from the editor.

Below, Samantha is telling you how find motivation in doing absolutely nothing:

How to Find Motivation in Doing Nothing

Once upon a time, I tried this dating app. Yep, I just admitted that, moving on. So this one time, I was talking to this dude about nothing important and we got on the topic of work. I made some offhanded comment like “Oh, yeah, we will see if I am motivated enough to work tonight.” To this, the dude responded, “So what do you do to motivate yourself? How do you find motivation?” I then sat down dumbfounded, I didn’t have an answer.

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No, really, I have nothing. My mind is blank and I have zero idea how someone is supposed to do that. But, fear not, I asked a random sampling of people that exact question:

I think how much I love school and if I’m a f*ck UP I’ll be sad and alone at home” – College Student
Depends on context. Single task or bigger picture?” – Some Guy with a (Supposed) Plan
Uhhh what’s been motivating me lately is looking at my budget sheet for the wedding / looking at my mortgage bill” – Guy About to Get Married…
I just have it” – A Workaholic
Self-Criticism; knowing I can be better for those I love.” – Random Past Fling
To be as stable as possible for my future husky” – Future Husky Owner (I guess?)

While I waited for their replies, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to Google it. As I read on hoping to find the secret ingredients that I seem to be missing, I noticed one annoying similarity among all the articles—apparently motivation stems from “inside.” As seen above, everyone has a different way to motivate themselves, but one thing is consistent: It is unique for each individual.

With that said, I would love to give you the five tips to getting and staying motivated but it just doesn’t seem right. I mean, sure, I can gather the results from these articles and pick my Top 5 and pretend they are the secret sauce to accomplish your goals but, naw, that just isn’t going to solve your problem.

motivation through nothingness

Instead, I am going to suggest something entirely different—take the day off. Yep, you read that correctly, do the opposite of every single suggestion you have ever heard on motivation by just taking a break. Take a day to stand still and chill (rhyme so intended). Take a minute to breathe. Take a second to realize that life is pretty freaking awesome.

Sounds like a great plan, right? Well it sounds great because it is great. However, there is one catch, you have to leave your house and go outside. This is not a day to sit behind a computer or to stare at a TV screen. This day is a day to realize the sun is out and the world is beautiful.

Ok, there may be one more catch—while you are sitting out and enjoying the outdoors, jot down some notes. Whatever comes to mind, whatever you are thinking, whatever is floating around in your head, jot that s**t down. At the end of the day, you will have some random notes that mean nothing to no one but you and feeling a heck of a lot more relaxed.

But, wait, how does this help with motivation?

You can find the whole article by clicking here.


You can also view more of Sam’s articles on our Business News Page!

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