The good news is that I was very productive - managed to do final polishing of plans/sequences for 2 non-fiction books, which I then emailed to the publisher. Client will be happy and I'm definitely chuffed to have completed this task this year.
So how did I managed to keep the old-friend brain switched on long enough to get the work done?
1. Lots of sleep - Last week my brain was mostly useless due to pain,
2. Starting small - I know productivity experts encourage us to start with the difficult tasks first, but if I had to do that, there was no way I was every going to get started. So I had to start with things I could do (blogging, writing a game review for a client) and built from there.
4. Butt glue - To get anything done, I did have to stay glued to my chair, even though I wanted to leave my office and go elsewhere ( destination didn't matter). And while there are a lot of things I can do while sitting in front of my computer in my office, once all the programmes are shut down and I can only allow myself to use Word and Adobe PDF, options become very limited ( aka, no Facebook, surfing on the net, twitter, Linked and all that happy social media stuff). So then, I could either review the sequences for the books I'm doing next year for the client while double-checking with my research documents. It seems to have worked:-)
I'm sure you all have strategies you use to push yourself to work when you're demotivated, so please share?