Motivation isn’t something you can do once and take it as a given. It requires regular upkeep, like hygiene or nutrition. One easy way to boost your motivation is to set up motivational pictures around you. However, they have the problem of slowly losing their potency as you get used to them and eventually stop noticing them at all. Fortunately there’s a solution. All you have to do is find a bunch of inspirational photos online, put them in a folder on your computer, then set your wallpaper to rotate through them, going through one a day. Then every new day there will be a new motivational photo, keeping the inspiration fresh.
You can even set themes. For example, I have health, happiness, and compassion as themes. One week each day there will be a different photo relating to health, and the next it’ll be images that remind me of the suffering I am preventing. This reminds you about why you’re putting in all the effort you are, and it’s hard to get cheaper than free.
I'm an effective altruist who co-founded Charity Science Health and Charity Entrepreneurship.