My “Over-Motivation” And It’s Cost

Daily writing prompt
What motivates you?

I have found that my motivation and inspiration often comes from unexpected sources. Even the most random experience or encounter can ignite a spark within me. Whether it’s a conversation with a stranger, an article that I’ve read, a piece of artwork, or a piece of music, I am always open to the possibility of finding inspiration in the unexpected. Being receptive to random experiences lead me to unexpected bursts of creativity and motivation. Often, these moments of inspiration may seem insignificant or disconnected from my goals, but they spark a new way of thinking that can lead to brand new ideas.

Once I am motivated, I tend to accomplish a lot in a short period. With the right mindset, I do a good job of managing my time, prioritizing tasks, and seeing results. Once motivated, I’m able to focus my energy and attention towards achieving my goals, and this often results in me being able to get a lot accomplished in a relatively short amount of time.

Unfortunately, I tend to commit myself wholeheartedly to a project, often to the point of over-exertion. This, of course, frequently leads to burnout and exhaustion. Then I can’t seem to get anything done. I now recognize that these are the times when I need to step back and allow myself to rest and recharge. When I take the time to meditate and relax it helps me to refocus, but it takes time before I am mentally able to find that renewed motivation. I try to make a conscious effort to prioritize self-care, but overdoing it when I get excited about a project just seems to be a part of who I am. Can anyone else relate??

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  1. I can definitely relate to overexertion and burnout. I love reviewing books and have done so since 2016 for a site called NetGalley. It’s voluntary and the ebooks are free but they are archived by publishers, meaning you have a set time to review. I have so many books that I often search for them elsewhere (Scribd or audible) if the deadline is reached. Some publishers do blog tours where you sign up to post on a certain date and I have had burnout more than once, but love my books. I have discovered so many new authors and followed the careers of ones I like. But it’s tiring and frustrating at times.

    I am in danger of overexertion in general daily because of my disabilities of Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus and isual impairments. Moving or being positioned exhausts me, and overexertion causes unwanted headaches, nausea, dizziness and more tremors, seizures and involuntary movements. I have had blackouts too. I need help with everything in my daily life.

    I use dictation software for internet use and love writing competitions. I did NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo years ago but stopped as they are fun but time consuming and I was unwell during some from overexertion. I have done shorter competitions and found the same happen.

    I start off the day OK depending on how I have slept but get tired easily.

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