Getting Out of Bed 1950sHere’s an interesting tidbit of information you may or may not be jealous of: I don’t just work from home; I work from “bed”.

That’s right, BED. A king-sized bed. With puffy pillows, a cozy duvet, a cup o’ tea, and my laptop. It really doesn’t get any better than that, unless of course you work from bed by the seashore, in which case I am jealous of you.

I don’t work from bed every day, and I never wear my pajamas (‘cause that would be silly. I wear a pencil skirt, of course). But on days when I’m feeling uninspired or unmotivated, I simply remove myself from my leopard print, Virgin-Mary-obsessed office, and set up shop in my bed.

This works. I don’t know why it works. But I think it has something to do with the difference between motivation and inspiration.

Like all of you, there are times when I feel unmotivated. This morning was a good example. I spent the morning trying to think of blog post ideas and by noon felt bored, uninspired, and exhausted.

“I need to get motivated!” I thought to myself as I jumped up and down, trying to get the energy flowing. But the jumping up and down didn’t work. I knew I would have to resort to Plan B. I knew I would have to work from bed.

I realize that this makes no logical sense whatsoever and may not even be the best advice for the average unmotivated person. But here’s why it makes sense to me…

Sitting in my bed puts me in a relaxed state of mind. When I’m relaxed, I find it easier to tune into INSPIRATION. And when I’m inspired, I have no need to “get motivated” because the ideas I receive in this state are impossible not to act upon.

Allow me to explain. Acting on an inspired idea is a lot like having to pee. When you have to pee, you don’t have to motivate yourself to go to the bathroom. You don’t think about it, fret about it, analyze it, or delay it. You feel the impulse, and you go take a leak.

Inspired action is the same kind of impulse. Nature calls; you answer. No motivation is required.

The trick is to do whatever you have to do to get yourself into that inspired state of mind. For me that sometimes comes from lying in bed. For someone else it could involve taking a walk, cooking food, playing with their kids, or flying a kite.

The magic of relaxation is something we all take for granted. But who knows, perhaps “working from bed” will become the next big thing.

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5 thoughts on “How to Get Motivated

  1. marina

    I kind of stay away from my bedroom during the day since if I go there, the bed looks soo comfy that I want to take a nap, since I so love naps. :) So instead I say an intention of what I want to accomplish. If I have to write a report or blog post, I set a writer’s intention and it works out very well. Also showers put me in a relaxed state. I get lots of ideas out of nowhere when I am there.

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  2. Fraussie Grouet

    Yes, I agree about inspiration. If it’s there, you don’t need any motivation. But bed wouldn’t be much help. I usually just do something else (like a translation – I get paid for that) or something mundane like hanging out the washing and it suddenly kicks in when I’m least expecting it. Today’s post is on washing …

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  3. Aaron

    @marina that’s interesting about naps. I find that a 20-min nap is often just what I need to get my energy back into a productive state when I’m feeling frazzled or tired. Sometimes the lack of motivation and/or inspiration, for me, has a lot to do with just being tired, or needing a break to reset my energy. The state of mind I put myself in to take a nap, and the methods I use, are a lot like meditation, so it is refreshing and inspiring on many levels. :)

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