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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>When you’re extremely unmotivated</h1>
<small>2016-08-02</small>
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	Like everyone, I get those times when I’m unmotivated to do anything.
	Brain dead.
	No energy.
	Everything feels like, “Why bother? What’s the point?”
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	But I’ve finally figured out what to do with those times.
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	Like everyone, I have a list of boring chores that need to be done but that I’ve been putting off for years.
	I never do them because I’m always more excited about something else.
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	During my last unmotivated funk, I realized that because nothing is exciting me, that means nothing is exciting me more than this boring necessary stuff.
	And since I don’t want to waste my inspired times on brainless work, <strong>this is a perfect time to do those dull tasks</strong>.
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	So I made a list of these necessary things.
	I grumbled and complained, but I used some caffeine and got through them.
	It actually felt pretty good.
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	Conventional wisdom tells us to do the important and difficult thing first.
	But doing this boring work moves me from a state of doing nothing to doing something.
	It makes me feel like doing something important again.
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	So the next time you’re feeling extremely unmotivated, do those things you never want to do anyway.
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