Get Shit Done When You Don't Give A Shit
Ever walk into work, look at your personal cubical/office/hobbit hole and think "I simply can.not. do this another day without going absolutely and totally ape shit up in here?"
You're not alone.
It's an attitude disorder called Completely Over It And It Shows. While it's not the best attitude for professional purposes, it is at least a good opportunity to take a bad situation and turn it into a learning one!
Cue helpful internet companions!
Melyssa Griffin would suggest that you organize that hot mess of yours by decluttering your work space, spicing up your creative visual space, and clearing your mind via a physical clean slate.
Nick Haubner over at LeapTribe notes that the best way to become more focused is to focus on less. Sounds easy. Maybe this should have been step one...
My personal favorite comes from A Life of Productivity when they gave me you full permission to do an absolute crap job at what you're working on. You're the only one who will ever see it, you'll get the sense of relief that comes from completing something, and you also give yourself the chance to absolutely laugh at how stupid you are capable of being (which we all need from time to time).
James Clear has a great lengthy piece on staying focused on the long game.
But if you look at the people who are consistently achieving their goals, you start to realize that it’s not the events or the results that make them different. It’s their commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event.
By allowing yourself a moment to refocus, collect your thoughts, and retrain your brain to focus on the bigger picture, you're more likely to stay motivated. Granted, this is not something you can achieve during your lunch break. Instead, this is a daily practice that ensures success for the long run.
There's also nothing wrong with changing up your habits. If you find that what once worked like a charm two years ago no longer yields the same results, reevaluate and readjust accordingly. That's the gift of this personal journey that you're on: you're in control of it!