I enjoy writing this blog but still find it hard to motivate myself to do it, the problem being that I get home from work, some days I go shopping for bits I’ve inevitably forgotten to get with the weekly shop, other days I have a hot bath, other days I get home a bit late. By the time I’ve made and eaten dinner I find I’m just too tired or just can’t get into the right frame of mind to write anything.
Often by the time I’ve caught up on other sites I read I think that there wouldn’t be time to write anything. This is an excuse.
I have a read-it-later list in Firefox that would shame War and Peace. The sheer volume of information available to me seems too great and the feeling soon becomes “where do I start?”
It seems I’m not alone in this, Lifehacker recently asked its readers How Do You Stay Productive After Work and many of the commenters said much the same as me. (Update: they followed this up with more good advice here including doing some work as soon as you get home, to keep up the momentum). It can be frustrating when you have side projects that excite you but you just can’t find the energy to do them. Personally I’ve found that making sure I get enough rest so my work day doesn’t completely flatten me and pretty much shaming myself into not neglecting my projects works for me.
As for where to start – well there’s a lyric in Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver by Elbow that says “just pick a point and go”. That’ll do for me.