I've been reading through "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield and one of the concepts he discusses in the books is "resistance".
What is "resistance"?
Resistance is the voice in your head that tells you that you can't.
The voice that tells you that you're too tired.
The voice that tells you that you will "do it later".
The voice that is always digging away within that sabotages our progress and our mental state that we need to be in so that we can be productive.
This simple concept, for whatever, reason has helped me tremendously over the past few weeks.
I'm still recovering from a sinus infection that started 3 months ago (plus chronic rhinitis) which dramatically impacts my energy levels.
After reading about resistance, I took this very simple concept and was able to use this as motivation in moments where I was tired, lacking focus, or both.
I tell myself, "this is just resistance talking. Get your ass to work"
Has it worked 100% of the time? Nope. However, it has allowed me to make more progress and be better than I was before.
This is just a silly human trick that I implemented that works for me. My hope is that it inspires you to find a trigger for yourself that helps you go the extra mile when you need to.