2017 #1: Lacking Motivation

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Blog entry by Jace McDaniel posted 04-04-2017 09:50 AM 942 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Lately i have been finding myself just coming out in the shop and just sitting, thinking about getting to work on certain things that need to be done but cant find the drive here lately to get up and do it! I guess everyone has their moments, but its like mentally i wanna be headstrong getting work done but my physical self just isn’t taking charge! Maybe i just need a break for a couple days and see if that helps, or should i just push through it and hope that fire i had comes back?? Decisions decisions…...

-- M1 Woodworks

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View Redoak49's profile


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#1 posted 04-04-2017 11:00 AM

Find a small project and get it done. Or, make something small. Do not think about it.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 11:01 AM

You should go back and read your first blog post that some guy wrote. It might give you some insight.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 12:22 PM

Take a break. I don’t know your situation specifically (i.e. your income depends upon it), but if this is just a hobby then it should be fun.
Personally, I don’t see an issue taking a few days away from the shop, even a week or two if things get busy. Soon enough I’m itching to get back in, either for a specific project or just in general.
And I’d second RedOak’s idea: a small project can be a source of satisfaction and achievement, and can build up our motivation to try something bigger next time. It’s always good to have a list of “smalls and quicks” to tackle when the current project is bogging us down.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#4 posted 04-04-2017 12:59 PM

I kind of get the same way when a project drags out for too long or I loose some interest. When that happens, I like to take a little time and make something fun or do some reorganizing or maintenance or something just for a break.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 04-04-2017 01:30 PM

I’ve had similar periods, in the past, until I remembered that this is a hobby. Once I could get my mind wrapped around that, I haven’t lacked for enthusiasm to be in the shop.

I wish you luck on finding the fun in your shop again.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 04-04-2017 01:31 PM

I agree with Foundsheep. Unless this is your livelihood it has got to be enjoyable to you. Something that you look forward to doing not that you HAVE to do. Sometimes we have to step back and remove ourself from what ails us. Maybe a few days, or weeks, away from the shop will help. Do not let guilt of your $$$ investment make you feel like you must be using the shop at all times. It is there to assist with stress relief. Hope you find your way.

-- BAcoach, Tennessee

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 04-04-2017 02:22 PM

Entirely depends on your situation. If you’re a hobbiest, then walk away.

Because it’s a business for me, there are days I have to fight through. Sometimes I can switch projects and that helps.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 04-04-2017 03:18 PM

I just wish I could get back to my shop to work on my projects that need done. But…I just had rotator cuff surgery last Thrusday, and will be out of commision for about 4-5 months..But I have learned to do one thing since then…...type with one finger…!!!! So…being on LJs is not a total loss….

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#9 posted 04-04-2017 04:32 PM

I’m with Foundsheep but a little different. Have a beer or three, go fishing, hop on your Harley for the weekend. Every now and then ya need a change. From time to time I get an overwhelming sense of dread that something bad is going to happen. Like when the Brass was watching you real close. I go somewhere, do something else and in little time it goes away. Hang in there, this to shall pass.

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#10 posted 04-04-2017 04:38 PM

I guess that happens to all of us. To me it is just a hobby. Sometimes I go to my shop and just sit and look at the wood or a project I am working on and think I just don’t want to do this. I’ll walk away. But I have found the longer I walk away the harder it is to get back in the groove and it’s fun again. This usually happens after a set back, project not going right, too many projects going on or too many for other people where I can’t work on stuff I want to work on. Take a break, not too long then have back at it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

View visualj's profile


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#11 posted 04-04-2017 06:33 PM

Kind of getting over that myself.

I think this last week was the worst, but the weather on Saturday was too good to be in a bad mood. I went out to the shop to burn the winter scraps as long as the wind was down. I ended up cleaning the shop. Pretty thoroughly I might add. I even moved things and swept under them…

Once I was done with that, I decided I needed a small cabinet/holder for my saw blades. So I built that.

Amazing how much fun it was with a nice clean shop. And I was back out there yesterday after work.

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#12 posted 04-04-2017 06:45 PM

A new tool or piece of lumber always helps me break out of a shop funk. Jus sayin.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 04-04-2017 06:51 PM

No fun! I listen to GaryVee on YouTube when I need a bump

-- Josh FB @jfluidframe

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#14 posted 04-04-2017 06:57 PM

It’s all in your head. Just go out to the shop and start cutting a piece of wood and before you know it, it will be the end of the day and you will have accomplished something and you will feel revived.

Sometimes I will feel the same and will put off starting something.
But when I do start I always think, what was the big deal, I enjoy this, I don’t know why I put it off.

Sometimes it’s the project, sometimes it’s depression over money/and or the pay for a project. Sometimes it’s the fact that I don’t think it’s going to look good when it’s done but every time, once I’m into it it always works out.

I guess the moral is that we have to fight off the demons and just go out and start doing it.

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#15 posted 04-05-2017 05:25 AM

I think we all go through that, at least I do!
My main issue with starting a new project is that I realize once I start I have to clean up!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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