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How do I get excited about dating?

Given the times and lack of single men around me in real life, I set up a dating profile on two different sites, but shy away from actually responding to people. How do I get myself excited and motivated to communicate and go out with men even if they don't seem that appealing on paper or after a few brief texts? [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat on Oct 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Stickers!!!!!! (Squee)

Where (preferably online) can I buy the very best and most motivating stickers? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Oct 5, 2016 - 9 answers

How can I improve my university marks for honours and stay motivated?

I'm just finishing up my final third year of university and would like to follow the honours path instead of a third year pass degree. I'm mostly a B student (70-75 marks range). I only have a few marks in the 80s range. My question is: How can I motivate myself to get high marks and stay on top of my class readings? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Sep 9, 2016 - 4 answers

How to make/implement a free-floating routine?

Routines are vital in my day-to-day. However, if the morning doesn't start out right, the whole day gets derailed. How can I divorce my routines from time and make them more break resistant? Or, is it worthwhile in my case to trade morning sleep for later naps and preserve the time-linked morning routine? [more inside]
posted by Baethan on Sep 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Peace, happiness and motivation in 25* words or less

I have some useful mental scripts that help me deal with irregular brain chemistry and other maladies. Things like saying "surf the emotion", or "it's just a thought. It's not reality" and "is this behaviour / thinking pattern helpful?" or "if you feel crap, clean the bathroom. You'll still feel like crap, but at least the bathroom will be clean." Give me more. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Sep 3, 2016 - 71 answers

How do I work with/around my checked-out supervisor?

My supervisor is retiring in a month and seems to be checked out or perhaps just not worried about maintaining relationships. How do I maintain relationships and do good work in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Which stories, novels, or non-fiction always jump-start your writing?

Seeking examples or lists of writing that have inspired writers to write. Not "I read Orlando and wanted to be a writer," but novels, stories, or non-fiction that, when read, inspire one immediately to write, either on a one-time or a repeated basis. I write regularly; I'd like to have a shelf by my desk that I dip into more or less randomly before writing to prime the pump. While I love many books or stories, I rarely remember the ones that make me want to write.
posted by cupcakeninja on Jul 10, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I host a weight-loss competition?

I live on a very small island and have been trying to develop a few ideas that I have, this being one of them. Our CMO constantly bemoans the state of the health of the populace based on the spike in chronic lifestyle diseases. [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly on Apr 27, 2016 - 24 answers

Emotionally distancing myself from job while staying productive

Due to a myriad of reasons I’ve decided the job I’m currently in isn’t one I should stay in for the long term and I’ve begun applying for other jobs. However, the frustrations at the office still get to me. I’m trying to emotionally distance myself but still stay motivated and productive and do my best work (within reason given the circumstances). [more inside]
posted by TheGreatSloth on Apr 18, 2016 - 8 answers

What media are like caffeine for your hustle?

Two years ago I started working really hard. I was an underemployed dishwasher and broke and depressed and I decided I was done with all of that. Now I'm doubling down and getting ready for the LSAT. Being a good husband and advocate is a huge motivation for me, but I want to keep the pep in my step so I can keep kicking ass. What should I watch to keep my drive going? [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex on Apr 12, 2016 - 18 answers

You tell me yours; I'll tell you mine.

Are there places designed to be encouraging and motivating where I can post a daily journal and have people comment on it? [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Apr 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Atypical Depression/Dysthymia = unmotivated?

Have you been diagnosed with atypical depression or dysthymia? What is it like for you? What has helped? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Mar 23, 2016 - 18 answers

I feel like a marathon runner collapsing feet from the finish line.

I'm in the last semester of my Master's program, and cannot find the motivation to do anything. Help me help myself finish. [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Feb 19, 2016 - 13 answers

How does a comfort loving wimp toughen up? Winter exercise edition.

I want to exercise in winter but my body doesn't. Can you recommend motivation tactics and gear to make it easier? Also- what are valid reasons to skip exercise? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Jan 11, 2016 - 26 answers

My brain needs a hard reset

This is the weirdest, longest mental health setback I've had in years. I've been managing my ADHD, anxiety and depression 'like a pro' for quite some time until this past year. I've tried to overcome the setback using every approach in the book (so it would seem). It's not working. My hard-earned executive functioning skills have mostly disappeared. I think my brain needs a hard reset. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 16, 2015 - 16 answers

How do I save my weekend from my SLOTH?

Every Monday to Thursday, I imagine going home on Friday, getting a good nights' rest, and waking up on Saturday and Sunday to do fun new activities. After all, I'm 23, healthy, fit, love food, love trying new things and am an extrovert. Without a fail, every single weekend looks like this instead: me hanging out in my squalid apartment, eating eggs and pasta, watching the clock, not doing any chores, watching stupid shit on YouTube and hating myself profusely. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Dec 7, 2015 - 43 answers

Immediate rewards for a 5yo that are not candy or cheap plastic crap.

Title says it: Help us identify ways to reward our 5yo for desired behavior that are easy for the parents to follow through on, have immediate payoff, and won't clutter up the floor too badly. We want mostly small rewards, with a few medium-to-large ones mixed in. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Oct 16, 2015 - 34 answers

How to help a 12 year old boy do better in school and life?

Seeing advice about concrete steps to get a bright kid with some social and motivation symptoms to do better (failing) in school. [more inside]
posted by gregglind on Oct 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Because rolling my eyes won't be motivational.

PhD student says he struggles to feel motivated since his wife's grandfather passed away two weeks ago. I'm supposed to motivate him. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Oct 4, 2015 - 42 answers

Depression and Anxiety as it prevents you from doing what you want

I hope some of you can speak to a specific area of depression that I see expressed in various examples but don't know exactly what to call it. I am hoping for tips on overcoming this specific aspect while I work on the larger problem. [more inside]
posted by tcv on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Weekend lethargy, grogginess, oversleeping, delayed onset motivation

I used to wake early or at a reasonable hour on Saturday and Sunday, fill my day enjoying all the things I love to do, and feel happy. Now I spend both days struggling to get up before 11am, and I put off doing anything (save, you know, languishing on the couch) until almost 5 or 6 pm, if at all. I don't enjoy living this way, feel unhappy, and would like to make whatever changes are necessary to get me back to a happy weekend state of mind. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Sep 12, 2015 - 15 answers

I miss feeling, in general

I feel extremely apathetic and flat. I'm being worked up for some endocrine issue. I know it makes sense to make a diagnosis before initiating treatment, but I don't know how much longer I can stand feeling so apathetic. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2015 - 8 answers

What's the life for me?

I've never been a career-person and have done many different things from college to now. Is it realistic to keep jumping? Is there an ideal job for me that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I deal with not having any sort of life plan?

I have no direction in life and I find it hard to do anything useful as a result, because it feels very pointless otherwise. Should I try to generate one ASAP or just go with the flow, and if it's the latter, how do I reconcile that? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on May 14, 2015 - 16 answers

My cat is an awful roommate

For a number of reasons, my partner and I have decided to live separately for the first time in our relationship. I've lived with a partner for the majority of my adult life, and I have no idea how to make living alone not suck OR how to do a grown-up relationship without living together. Snowflakes galore inside. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Apr 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Random, Intermittent Laziness when it comes to Self and Home Care

When I'm at work, at a party, going shopping, in a coffee shop - I am a ball of energy. As soon as I enter home, I become extremely lethargic to do even small tasks. If I have laundry, dishes, sweeping to do it will take me HOURS to pry myself from bed, the computer, etc. all because I feel an overwhelming lethargy, laziness to do this one task. Not doing these tasks means I live in dishevelled, messy, dirty conditions that make me unhappy. Truly unhappy. I know these tasks won't take that long. I live in a bachelor, for god's sakes! However, I find it extremely hard to get moving. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Apr 12, 2015 - 32 answers

It's like the engine inside me has died

Since quitting caffeine a few weeks ago, I've lost all motivation to do anything except lie in bed doing nothing all day. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Apr 10, 2015 - 31 answers

how to smoke less pot & avoid weed hangovers?

I love smoking pot but it's beginning to make me feel lethargic, and of course less productive. My schedule for the next few months is way too busy to accommodate the laziness brought on by the pot. Help me lessen my pot use to where it is more of a "treat" that I can enjoy on weekends or something. Also, help me find a replacement activity that can help me relax before bedtime. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Motivational Songs For Workouts And Work

Can anyone suggest some motivational songs that you can use for working out, running, and work? [more inside]
posted by maximus99 on Apr 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Professionalism and work ethic

How can I develop better work ethic and handle waiting periods at work? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Mar 22, 2015 - 6 answers

How do you change your style of motivation?

If you're someone who gets initially super excited about something and makes a lot of initial progress before getting bored or discouraged and quitting, how do you change that into a more constant level of motivation? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 6, 2015 - 9 answers

recommend your best fitness / weight loss related podcasts

I'm trying to keep my momentum going regarding new year resolutions and eating better/moving more in an effort to lose a significant chunk of weight. Recommend me your favourite podcasts on the topic, please. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Feb 9, 2015 - 2 answers

how I learned to stop worrying and love the gym

Have bitten the bullet and joined a new gym. Just going there to sign up and take a tour of the facilities was enough to make me feel inadequate. I didn't see a single person there who looked like me. I need help with silencing the negative self-talk, because I really do want to stick with it. Any advice for a frightened, fat gym noob? Success stories, words of inspiration? Or just what you wish you knew when you started out? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 27, 2015 - 51 answers

If Richard Simmons and Rob Wolff had a baby, does he have a podcast?

What are some interesting health-related audiobooks and podcasts I can listen to that will help keep me motivated to develop a healthier lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Jan 19, 2015 - 6 answers

How to motivate myself to KEEP my house clean once clean?

Ever since I was little, I have gotten a rush of pleasure from cleaning REALLY messy rooms... but keeping a clean room at a livable level of cleanliness bores me to tears. I seem to need the urgency of "This is a Disaster Zone!" to imbue routine tasks with higher meaning. I no longer want to hop from Cleaning Emergency to Cleaning Emergency. Are there tricks or routines that could appeal to my need for a little bit of adrenaline in order to make it a habit to keep things clean? Cue Mission Impossible theme song... [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Dec 29, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I make myself do things?

I've always been really bad at motivating myself to do necessary tasks. However, this has finally gotten to a point when it's actually hurting both my personal / work life. What's the best way to solve this problem? Simply telling myself: "you have to get this done before you can do X" never actually works. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Dec 12, 2014 - 16 answers

What are some great mantras to help keep up momentum while decluttering?

What mantras, mottos, catchphrases, rules of thumb, boot-camp-style commands, etc. have worked best for you to keep up momentum during a major decluttering project? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Dec 4, 2014 - 38 answers

Resetting Yourself

What do others do to reset themselves and to bring focus and attention on the goals and objectives that they have in their lives? I do meditate, but I feel like I am all over the place and not very centered or focused on much of anything. I just feel very scattered and am not finding anything that really brings me back to a place where I know why I am doing what I am doing. Any suggestions from anyone?
posted by nidora on Nov 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Is this a motivation issue or what?

I think I'm dealing with some motivational paralysis, but it's a little complicated. Any ideas MeFi? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Simple and practical steps to regain a sense of wonder and possibility

I was reflecting last week on how I felt last time I fell in love. Aside from a motherload of the strong feelings for the other person, I remember a strong sense of wonder and possibility. I'd like to feel this way again - but without the need to fall in love with someone. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary on Oct 22, 2014 - 16 answers

How do you measure a software engineer's productivity?

I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Oct 20, 2014 - 32 answers

getting a youth athlete "In The Zone"

How do you best motivate and encourage a youth athlete? How do you help focus a youth Athlete to get "in the zone" for an important try-out? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Oct 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Overcoming the motivation plateau

I've noticed this routine in so many acts of life, whether it be a new job, relationship, exercise routine, etc. At first there is excitement, new ideas, strong motivation. Then normality sets in and everything just seems to plateau out. Less excitement, boredom, loss of motivation. You keep going through the motions, doing the minimum, or perhaps you just quit. What can/do you do in this situation? How can you get your motivation and enthusiasm back for those less-than-new parts of your life?
posted by aarondesk on Oct 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Meds manage illness; side effect: motivation = zero

I have recently been put on a medication to manage chronic hives. It has one problematic side effect: my couch essentially becomes a black hole that adheres my ass to it with its gravitational pull. Once I get moving on a task the momentum sees me through, but getting to that point is like having to push a stalled car with a jammed emergency break slightly uphill before you can get it rolling downhill. How do I find ways to get myself moving? More detail and examples inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 18 answers

Short motivational videos specifically about accomplishing hard things

I'm looking for motivational / inspirational videos on YouTube that are:
  • short (< 3 minutes)
  • feature fairly well-known speakers -- politicians, athletes, or actors in movies
  • deal specifically with accomplishing great things and overcoming adversity / chipping away over time to do so.
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posted by rouftop on Sep 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Would walking get in the way of a workout?

A friend of mine started walking about an hour a day earlier this year, and now, 6 months later, says he has lost the enthusiasm to start his other anaerobic workouts. [more inside]
posted by circular on Sep 3, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I break down and tackle huge projects?

How on earth do adults organize huge projects? And allot time to them? And then actually get them done? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Dressing for the badass exerciser you want to be

I’ve noticed that wearing workout clothing/gear that makes me feel good, tough, and strong, can actually give me a little extra mental confidence to make me better, tougher, and stronger in my workouts. What kinds of workout clothing and accessories make you feel badass? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 27, 2014 - 19 answers

Gamify my exercise experience! Difficulty level: stationary bike

So I have achilles tendinopathy as well as problems with my knees and feet which means (long story short) I need non-weight-bearing exercise. I have a recumbent stationary bike which is great for developing strength in knees, is easy on the poor achilles and is generally a good idea. Problem: I loathe doing it because it bores me senseless. Solution, I hope, is to gamify it. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Aug 27, 2014 - 21 answers

Keep Going, Please

What restores your confidence after a significant setback? I need to remind myself why pursuing your passion is worth it when it can be so unpredictable. I'll take anything from deep, meaningful advice to funny motivators. [more inside]
posted by sapien on Aug 11, 2014 - 14 answers

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