You may have heard the term “momentum” before, but what exactly does it mean and how can it make you more productive in your studies, work and life? Here’s more.
What is it?
Cambridge Dictionary defines momentum as "the force that keeps an object moving or keeps an event developing after it has started". Momentum in terms of productivity is the force that pushes you to keep going once you’ve started something.
Why it’s the key
Have you ever noticed how starting on a project is the most difficult part? Once you take the first step, it gets easier. If you feel lazy, uninspired or too overwhelmed by something, remember that momentum will help you along the way- you just have to take that first step.
How to recognise it
Before using momentum, it’s important to recognise what it feels like. Think of a challenging project, exam or even exercise you’ve done in the past. As it gets more difficult, you begin losing your strength a little bit. Just as you’re about to give up, you feel momentum pushing you to continue. Momentum can also be that burst of excitement and energy you feel once you’re getting into the “flow” of whatever it is you’re doing.
How to use it
You can use momentum to help you get anything done; whether it’s a long-term goal or short-term project. Using momentum to make you more productive works in the following way:
Step 1: Understand how momentum works (you’re already done with this step- well done!).
Step 2: Accept that momentum can only help you once you get started, so the right time to begin is now.
Step 3: Begin working on your project. Trust that momentum will give you the strength to problem-solve and figure it out along the way.
Step 4: Don’t fear failure. If you fail, don’t take it as a reason to stop. Keep going, and as your momentum builds up, so will your strength.
Benefits of momentum
Here are just a few benefits of understanding and using momentum
Higher confidence in yourself - It’s super empowering to discover this hidden power - once you learn it, you realise that you don’t need anyone or anything outside of you to keep you strong and motivated.
Improved skills and abilities - You’d be surprised how good you can get at something if you just work on it for long enough.
**Enjoyment **- Your tasks will feel less like chores, and more like exciting challenges you’re taking on.
What momentum isn’t
You should still pause your work in order to reflect, or adjust to something that works better. Momentum doesn’t mean you should continue down a path that’s clearly not working for you. It means not giving up, and putting work in all the time, even if it’s just a little bit every day.
Now that you understand the power of momentum, it’s time to start using it in your life. If you need some more advice on your personal productivity, get in touch with us on AskCellCgirl for a private chat.