Hard to Stay Motivated

It’s Hard to Stay Motivated When Things Go Wrong

Last Updated on by Michael Brockbank

When managing your blog, there’s a lot of things in the backend you need to keep an eye on. Otherwise, your sites could suffer some immediate issues. But when things go horribly wrong, it can easily make it harder to stay motivated to write.

Well, for me anyway.

I had something else planned for today’s blog post, but am having a hard time getting back into the positive mindset from earlier.

Probably because the site is still having issues that are currently outside of my control. And it’s incredibly frustrating to know that I really can’t do anything to solve the issue on my end.

Outside of deleting some websites, that is. All I can really do is try to mitigate the problems and try to get the sites back up and running at full potential.

It’s this process that winds up sucking the life out of me, though. Then, I start feeling like I’m not good enough, and then I start sinking even further into depression and anxiety.

It really sucks to have to deal with impostor syndrome as often as I do.


Can I Stay Motivated When the Buildings Crash Around Me?

I suppose part of what’s driving me crazy is that I’m trying to do this 30 Days of Blogging experiment. I am almost a week in and then my server decides to tap itself out.

Everything was working fine up until this morning, and I haven’t made any adjustments that would affect the server…at all.

And because I’m stressed about continuing this experiment, any prolonged downtime amplifies my frustration ten-fold. Not to mention that I’m putting in full effort to maintain this damn keto diet today.

So, I’m extra lovable.

Here it is, a quarter after 4pm, and I have yet to start on any of the three blog posts. Well, outside of this one, anyway. This means that I’ve wasted most of my day waiting for the issue to get fixed.

Because I am running low on time, it’s very difficult to stay motivated and keep up the pace that I’ve been grinding out for the last six days.

I guess you’ve probably figured out by now that this is pretty much a vent post. I’m hoping by addressing my issues as I write, I can relax a bit and regain focus.

What can I do to regain my composure even though all of my websites are reduced to a crawl thanks to CPU usage?

Take a Few Minutes and Go for a Walk

One method that helps me relax often is by going outside for a walk. In fact, I often come up with my best ideas while walking around. And, I often use walking as a way to drive troubleshooting.

Any kind of physical activity is always a good idea when you’re frustrated or angry. And today, both of these boxes are checked for me.

Unfortunately, walks don’t always work perfectly. While I’ll still feel a bit better, the lack of motivation is still persistent.

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Work in the Garden a Bit

I love working in the garden. Currently, I’m trying to grow pumpkins for Halloween, as I do every year. Tending to their care helps me get my mind off of things and improves my own morale.

One of the reasons why gardening is such a beneficial activity is because it’s something you can control in a world where it seems like you have none.

Of course, you don’t have absolute control over the growth of plants. But, the amount of care and effort you put in vastly improves your chances of being successful.

Spend Some Time Planning Out Future Content

Taking some time and planning out future content is actually kind of fun for me. It gives me a chance to play around a bit with research tools, pour over data, and come up with various strategies.

Yep, I’m one of those types of people who relishes analyzing data. In many ways, it’s kind of like a game for me. Especially when planning out revamps of old content.

I’ve always been a number cruncher in some regard. I have spreadsheets for just about everything.

Play Some Video Games

I often use videos games, such as Minecraft and Subnautica, to help me relax. Like the garden, it’s something I have complete control over and can take my mind off of the frustrations of life.

In many cases, gaming has helped me stay motivated even on the most terrible of days.

And sometimes it really doesn’t take much more than 10 minutes or so to get me relaxed. For me, gaming is exceptionally therapeutic.

Go to the Gym for a Bit

Something else I could do is head to the gym for a bit. Working out is often prescribed by therapists as a way to mitigate stress and handle depression. I also have a way to gamify it as well, so it’s fun and rewarding.

This goes along the lines of walking. It’s all about elevating your heart rate and getting those endorphins pumping. This is the hormone that helps alleviate stress and depression.

Music Soothes the Savage Beast

Something else that usually helps me refocus to stay motivated is music. A really good playlist can work wonders, especially when you really need a “pick me up.”

As if it were guided by fate, a friend of mine posted a new song cover she created on YouTube, so, I’m going to give that a listen. She often helps me feel better.

At any rate, never underestimate the power of music and how it can make a profound difference in your day.

It’s Often Hard to Stay Motivated Even for a Professional

Even professionals such as myself can find it difficult to stay the course when things fall apart. But, how you persevere is what makes the difference between success and failure.

Even as I type this, I’m already feeling a lot better about the situation. Sure, I’m upset that I still have website issues that probably won’t be addressed until Tuesday, because today is Sunday and tomorrow’s a holiday.

But, there’s really nothing I can do to solve the problems on my end at the moment. Instead of stressing out, I’ll just have to live with it for now.

And if the problems make it impossible to maintain the 30-day blogging challenge, I’ll just have to figure out something else in the meantime. It’s not like I can’t try it again at a later date.

My point is that temporary problems are exactly that…temporary. The more you stress about things you cannot change, the worse you’re going to feel.

You just gotta find a method that helps you stay motivated even when things take a turn for the worse.

Crossing My Fingers Problems Get Resolved Soon

I really do hope that I can get the problems solved soon. I’ve been messaging everyone I can and made a few adjustments of my own, but it’s still an ongoing problem.

Unfortunately, this means people won’t be able to load up the blogs without it taking a long time.

Still, I need to stay motivated and keep doing what I can to crank out some content. Because eventually, the problems will be fixed. I’d have for the last six days to be wasted because of server issues.

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