Brain Went on Summer Vacation

A week before vacation, my brain and body decided they were already there. I struggled to motivate myself on my WIP, and my exercising regime became sporadic.


I enjoyed the week I was off of work, but it’s now a full week after returning from vacation, and I’m still not back in my groove.

Perhaps it’s the summer doldrums. Our months-with-snow are usually longer than our months-without-snow. My daytime gig as a desk jockey is usually quieter in the summer months before we gear up for budgeting. Right after budgeting, we face a new fiscal year, and things get even more hectic.

So, yeah, summer is a good time to relax, take a deep breath, and get ready to face the challenges.

So, after three weeks, why am I not facing those challenges?

Maybe I’ve hit a snag with my current WIP.

The piece I’ve been working on for over a year is at the point that I actually have to send my baby out into the world and face the cruel rejections coming. I truly dread this.

Maybe I’ve been pushing hard for a while and I need a break. A longer break. Burn out is very real.

Maybe I don’t really know what motivates me, so I struggle to stay motivated.

I’ve adjusted my word count requirements to reasonable levels, but there’s more to it. I just don’t know what that more is.

As far as exercising goes, I suppose this is the epic uphill battle you face when you hate exercising. When it’s always a chore rather than something you look forward to doing. Not sure how to fix that, either.

Time to do some thinking. To analyze what’s going through my brain and why my motivation has evaporated into procrastination. Science may help with this, or it may just be I have to figure things out for myself.

Maybe inspiration will come and get me.




What do you do to rekindle motivation, especially if it’s something you know you need to do rather than want to do? Any tips or tricks you use to escape the procrastination beast?


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4 thoughts on “Brain Went on Summer Vacation

  1. I sometimes take a break from my current writing and work on other, different writing projects.
    It keeps me in practice whilst I wait for the motivation to come back. If I’m writing other things, it usually does within a month or so.
    Other times, I re-read what I already have to try and fall in love with the project again. It usually works, as I start to edit and develop new ideas.
    If neither of those work, I sit down and force myself to work on it. The first half hour is always a struggle, but after that I get back into it!

  2. There really are times when you simply need to /stop/ and recharge. But. There are also times when your subconscious is trying to tell you something, and if you don’t listen, procrastination may turn into full blown writer’s block. Is there some part of your WiP that doesn’t work? Have you kind of detoured around it rather than fixing the problem itself?
    I’m only guessing at what may be the problem for you but I know it’s definitely been an ongoing problem for me. I’m starting to learn to listen, but it’s still an uphill battle.
    Whatever the cause, I hope you get it sorted soon. Good luck!

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