18 September 2019


Sometimes, there are things I want to do, yet I just don't have the motivation for it. So there's this huge effort to do it, and sometimes I drag and drag myself just in order to do it, and when I finally am there doing it, it does feel good that I have actually started doing it.

Take this project of mine to complete the 66 Lakes Trail. I've finished more than half of the 416-kilometre long trail by now. But whenever it's Sunday, sometimes I play tricks with my brain arguing for and against it, because it's not an activity that I can simply just decide spontaneously. If I want to do it, then I better get my gear ready and take a ride out there so that I can pick up the trail where I left off.

And sometimes, this whole preparation period is the part where I falter the most. I look at the weather forecast. Is it going to rain? Is it too hot? I do all these mental computations that perhaps is doing nothing but trying to convince myself that it's not a good idea to head out today. And yes, sometimes these mental computations do convince me from going out. It has happened a few times this year. But when they fail, and I finally find myself on the trail knocking off some more kilometres out of my trail backlog, then it does feel good.

I suppose being human is slightly complicated. There's so many mental obstacles sometimes that it's sometimes hard to just do things.


  1. I find it's best to: 1) not think about it too much (should I, shouldn't I) 2) make lists

    The list trick is silly, but I find myself completing everything I need to do when I just list it. Of course, it doesn't work for giant projects, but it's great for smaller ones or just to do step by step.

    1. Zhu,

      You're right, the list tactic definitely works. Because when you are able to take something off that list, then it feels good, and you want to get that feeling!