Stopping any project in the middle can be pretty detrimental to your end goal but it happens to the best of us. We get busy, the kids get sick, work is crazy, the list could go on for miles, but what really matters is getting back on the horse and getting started again.
I recently lost all motivation to complete my current wardrobe project. The end seemed to be miles away and I just couldn’t muster the willingness to get it done. However, I know myself well enough to know that that feeling wouldn’t last forever. Maybe I was overly tired or stressed out from work, who knows? But the best thing I could do for myself is listen to my body and take care of myself. Low and Behold, I ended up getting extremely sick soon after I lost all motivation, clearly my body was telling me something. I took some time off work to heal, I took an amazing vacation, turned the big 3-0 and came back feeling refreshed and better than ever.
Once my motivation was back I was ready to jump right back into the swing of things. I evaluated my existing progress and made sure I was still on the right track then picked up right where I had left off.
I think that people (women mostly) tend to beat themselves up for things like this. Do I wish I had been working on the project the last few months? Yes of course! But being upset with myself for “being lazy” isn’t going to fix anything.
However, if you feel your motivation start to wane there are a few things you can do it keep it from disappearing forever. I like to focus on one tiny aspect of a project at a time, this works really well for me to keep me focused and to prevent myself from getting overwhelmed. However, sometimes this can backfire. And I think that’s a little of what happened this time. Right now I’m working on my wardrobe, particularly the painting a finishing stage which is agonizingly slow. It became really easy for me to focus on every minute detail and the dread of painting MDF rather than how close I really am to the end. Had I taken a moment to thing about the fact that once I was done painting, I would basically be done I probably would have gotten around to painting sooner. Seriously, I knocked out priming and painting in one single weekend! Now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’ve got motivation to spare! Sometimes physical work is just a mental game.
Be kind to yourself and take a break and when you’re ready, put your big girl pants on and keep going!
I hope this helps,