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??

2 Responses

  1. I was just thinking the same thing last week!
    Myself, i narrow it down to what im watching. I watch a lot of comedy and those dramas i dont need to think about, so my mind is turning sluggish. And…
    Some days i want to get back into things im interested in, but i cant do it. Then i questioned whether i was prepared to continue to spend a large amount of time online to ‘feel more informed’. And, honestly, i dont think i can. Its too much time in my place. Its demotivating to me.

    But I hope you feel more motivated in your readings. I say take a weekend to do something irrelevant to everything youre doing now. It seems like youve just been going full throttle and youre getting worn out.

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