Finding motivation for side projects

It can be hard to find the motivation to work on your side projects after a long day of work. You’re tired, you don’t feel like you are going to be able to do a great job, you’re doubting yourself.

In these situations it is important to focus on the process more than the outcome. If you enjoy the process, if it is “what you do”, it won’t be hard to do it everyday. Your side project is no longer just work - it is work, hobby, passion, habit, etc.. The outcome doesn’t matter anymore - you are improving, honing your craft, becoming a better person. You have a growth mentality.

It is also important to realize that this sort of self improvement and side projects doesn’t come for free - you need to decide what you will not do in order to do these things. But the earlier in life you invest in them, the more benefits you’ll collect - knowledge, skill and professional success all compound.

Next time that you feel too tired and demotivated, think if what you’re doing is something you’re really passionate about doing, if it is what you want to spend your limited life time doing. Maybe you're just in love with the outcome you imagined, but are not actually willing to put in the work, cause something else is more important.