Firstly, I want to say writing this article at this moment feels a little bit "wrong," especially since I am now watching The Real Housewives of Orange County in the background as I type this. Let me say, that is NOT recommended, but I am so glad that Vicki learned that feng shui is not just for Asian people this season.
I also should say that self-motivation isn't easy. If you're hoping to make a career as a writer or blogger or anything from home, you're going to have to learn tips and tricks to keep yourself going. These are just some of the things that have helped me write my books, my blog and my thesises (thesi?).
DO set realistic goals for yourself, otherwise you'll end up annoyed and frustrated.
DO split things into chunks and be honest with yourself about how much you can accomplish in a certain about of time.
DO reward yourself. When I'm writing academic papers, I will allow myself to check Facebook or watch an episode of trashy TV after every 500 words, and 1000 words for a novel.
DO find a comfortable place to study. I never found studying in a library was helpful for me, but it may be for some people.
DO get out of the house sometimes, if you're able. At some point, you may be climbing up the walls if you don't.
DO minimize distractions by going to another room, going outside or wearing headphones.
DON'T set unrealistic goals for yourself. It may take some experimenting to figure out what you can do in a set amount of time.
DON'T sit down with a bunch of junk food as you study. Never a good idea. Take breaks for healthy snacks, but don't sit down with a bag of Doritos while you study and expect it to end well for yourself or your computer.
DON'T get so wrapped up in your blog, thesis or current project that you neglect everything else in your life. I know this can be tempting if you are passionate about what you are doing, but try to avoid this. A work-life balance is necessary.
I made a mix of some songs that I like to listen to when I'm writing or studying, so I hope you find some new artists or some old favorites.