I’ve been wondering a bit lately about motivation- particularly, why this blog is languishing, and why I don’t read nearly as much as I did before uni- cumulatively, including my assigned readings- now that I’m doing my masters. It’s not as though I’m doing this degree to open doors or provide opportunities- though I’m certain it will do both. I’m doing it for my own edification, to challenge my thinking and push me in ways I had longed for. Yet now, I resist the work. I don’t always do the readings. Strangely, I’ve not been as compelled even to read *my* blogs (meaning Klein and Yglesias) or watch Stewart/Colbert. Why is this? Why do we lose motivation when a want becomes a must?
And how to I reconcile the fact I want to write for my job with the fact I quickly lose interest in writing when it is my job? Is it something I can overcome??