For a long time, I’ve been struggling with a lack of motivation to just go out and do things. It’s so easy for me to get distracted, lost in my own world, or lost in somebody else’s (I blame the Internet for this), that it’s just very hard for me to work up the energy, means, and motivation to get anything done at any given time.
That said, when I do manage to get these three prerequisites to accomplishment aligned with one another I enter that tell-tale state of hypomania and super-productivity that makes me do things like this at bizarre hours of the day. ;) In short, it’s a serendipitous moment that I don’t want to waste!
So I started looking for all the things that inspired me to do stuff, to create content, to be active and productive. Not surprisingly, one of the biggest motivators for this was to be around other like-minded people as much as possible. There was only one problem with this: I hated everybody around me! My schoolmates were largely shallow idiots and I never got to meet anybody new that I liked because I was too shy for random encounters.
Thankfully, I have recently discovered the absolutely, utterly and completely fantastic (not to mention enormous) explosion of online social networks designed to get like-minded people in touch with each other! How perfect for me! So, quite simply, I started joining as many of these things as I could find. I even took on leadership roles in a few local groups!
Suddenly I’ve got my hands full of things to do and a packed schedule where I meet literally dozens of new people each and every week. All that’s required of me is to show up. I don’t necessarily have to talk to everyone if I’m not feeling up to it, but getting out of the house and just being in the same place as other (hopefully intelligent) folks makes me so much more able to focus on the things I want to do.
Thankfully, it’s not that hard to keep up with it all because of the wonders of modern-day content aggregation (RSS, Atom, and the like), and email organization tools. (If you guys don’t know about these yet, you are seriously missing out.) That, along with some helpful productivity tips goes a long way towards making my life more manageable while constantly adding new people into my circle of acquiantances.