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Hey Mig, a big fan of your work, especially the HumblePied interviews. I have a question about motivation / getting things done.
Often, many accomplished pros (including designers) would say that the best way to improve is to "just do it." I'm curious as to...
Thanks for the nice note. I agree with the mentality of “just doing it,” for sure, there’s no replacement for experience. But…
In terms of how, which is a great question for everyone, I follow my motivation when I have it. Somedays, I’m not interested in doing work—or I just don’t have the energy. Other days, I can’t keep my hands off the keyboard. Here’s a couple of things I’ve noticed about myself when I work.
Work when others aren’t. The early mornings or late nights afford me distraction-free focus time. These are often my best, most productive times. Plus, it helps make me feel less guilty looking at Facebook at 12pm in the afternoon knowing I either did some good work early, or am ready for good work later in the night.
Work in unusual places. I like to work in other people’s offices, different cities, and coffee shops when I’m trying to explore new ideas. When my environment feels routine, I tend to feel stuck myself. One of my favorite aspects of working in a coffee shop is that I get the feeling of having coworkers, yet none of them know who I am, need to tap me on the shoulder to ask if I received that one email, etc.
Thanks Mig, those 2 points definitely vibe with me (I'm working at a coffee shop now...)
I like how you recognize when you have energy/motivation and when you don't.
Cliche as it sounds, I find the advice "sleep on it" and "take a walk" to be supremely helpful.
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