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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 - 30 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

ChoreWars. On Paper. For a non D&D person.

I want to use a game like Chore Wars to motivate my kid to take care of his chores. Except it has to be paper-and-pencil only. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Aug 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Has a FitBit helped you get off your lazy a-- ?

I need to jumpstart my fitness which is currently non-existent. Would a FitBit help me (& the SO) be less lazy and more motivated? Did you use a fitbit or similar device to help you get on a fitness track? Or did you use another method?
posted by kmr on Jul 18, 2014 - 28 answers

Don't Let Them Get to You - But better phrasing?

Trying to come up with inspirational sayings for boundary enforcement, something that can be embroidered or engraved. Some sort of physical embodiment of this saying will be created. The idea should be you can't save everyone, you need to not take on the pain of the world, everything is not on your shoulders, you can say no, et cetera. [more inside]
posted by RainyJay on Jul 10, 2014 - 26 answers

Research paralysis -- moving past: "what's the point?"

I'm writing what promises to be the last parts of my dissertation but am not handling the important and most basic questions well. How do I stay sane and somewhat productive in uncertain times? (longish details within) [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jul 7, 2014 - 6 answers

I would really appreciate some career and life advice

At the moment, I'm feeling at a loose end and really direction-less. I don't know what I want to do with my life and it's making me feel really depressed. I have no short or long term goals. I'm in the process of being referred for CBT and have taken up running to treat the depression. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Dealing with mental fatigue throughout the week

I usually start off the week with a lot of energy and ready to go. But by Wednesday, I feel mentally fatigued, lacking motivation, prone to procrastination, unable to focus creatively. The worst part is that I really need the energy to push through to Friday deadlines. Do you have any tips or advice to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jun 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Inside Baby and the Not-Bummer Summer

With ~10 weeks to go in my pregnancy, some health complications are keeping me and my husband close to home and eating bland food. Have kept us there for quite a while already, actually. How can we keep from going stir-crazy, especially at a time when I would love to be out and about? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Inspirational quotes on the subject of moving forward in life.

I am designing a poster for a personal project on the subject of "always moving forward" and "taking the next step" – do you have any quotes that you live by on that subject? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Motivation, Drive, Learning

Has anyone ever experienced a reduction in their motivation and drive? If so, what things have you done to try and change it? In the past, my motivation has been influenced by pain and fear, but that doesn't seem like the most useful way of staying motivated at least that is what my friends have told me. On the same topic, does anyone have any book recommendations or movies that have helped them get motivated again?
posted by nidora on Apr 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Boss me around, please!

My manager is very hands-off and this is not going to change. How can I get better at managing myself, when I would prefer an environment with more direction and feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body...

Should I put more effort into reading books? Is not reading books detrimental to my critical thinking skills? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Apr 17, 2014 - 21 answers

How can I pick myself up and keep going?

I've had a difficult time over the last while and I feel like I've completely run out of steam. How can I keep going and accomplish all I need to? I feel all my motivation is gone and frankly I just want to hibernate but obviously I can't. Have you ideas about how to keep putting one foot in front of the other? [more inside]
posted by outoftime on Apr 17, 2014 - 32 answers

It isn't dire so I guess I don't care...?

I lost close to 100lbs and have kept it off for years. I want to continue to lose the weight, but I don't have anything pushing me to do so. I'm not gaining, but I'm not losing either. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 14, 2014 - 24 answers

School is Depressing

Every semester my motivation follows the same pattern. I excel in courses for the first month or so of classes, then my motivation sharply drops off. What are some workarounds and strategies to give a more consistent performance? [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Apr 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking stories of personal transformation

I'm seeking stories of personal transformation. Those who overcame their depression and lack of focus to become a driven and motivated person. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me salvage the rest of my academic career and also my life

Does anyone have tips for how to get things done when you are feeling really depressed or generally terrible? I need to make myself catch up when I am dangerously behind in school. [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

bootstraps for hobbyists

My life is calm. I live in one place. My house is clean and decluttered. I have free time. And now I am bored... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Is this just summer-fall-winter-spring-summer-fall-winter-spring love?

Struggling with my boyfriend's apparent lack of effort in our relationship, but I'm not sure if it's worth trying to work though, because he won't discuss if he have a future together. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 12, 2014 - 39 answers

This can't continue

You aren't my doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, but maybe you have something to share that will help me get onto a path toward curing a relentless, life-altering ( in the worst possible way( issue with sleep. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 11, 2014 - 53 answers

3 motivational tools to help me rock 2014

I want an app, a visual reminder & a sound track. 2014 is going to be my best year yet, and I need some tools to make it work. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Motivation to exercise when there are no goals, or they are vague?

I have read in numerous places that exercise can sometimes help with mood and concentration. My only exercise goal is to help alleviate these possible issues, but I couldn't keep any motivation and stopped after only a few weeks. Specific considerations: [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Nov 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Life without a motor?

I've never had much motivation to do anything, or much ability to persevere, and this makes life a chore. I feel like I was born without a motor - like other people have some source of energy inside that drives them towards their goals, while I tend to just drift passively and hope the things I want come to me (they don't). Talk therapy hasn't helped much, and I'm not sure what to try next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2013 - 27 answers

How do I get myself to love running and physical activity?

I've been on a bit of a health kick lately--excercising, moving around, and trying to really improve the life I've been leading. I've also begun to run as well and even though I know it is good for him, I always balk, delay, or procrastinate when I know I should do it. After exercising I feel great. Awesome. Amazing. However, it is the initial thought of getting out there, that effort, that strain that prevents me from breaking inertia and actually getting out there. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Oct 1, 2013 - 34 answers

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