The Power of Momentum
Have you seen the movie Unstoppable? It’s a movie about a huge train gone wild with no one controlling it.
That train had massive momentum and it was very hard to stop.
It is of course also very hard to move such a big mass into movement from static state.
That’s because when an object is static, it is also affected by static friction – compared to the object in movement which is only affected by kinetic friction.
Why the heck am I talking about physics and friction on a blog about internet marketing? 😉
Because when it comes to productivity, things are almost the same in physics and working from home.
It’s about momentum.
When you move an object, it will have a momentum. That means it will continue going for a while even when there is no force to push or pull it.
When the object is not moving, it takes more force to get it moving than it takes to keep it going at certain speed.
It’s exactly the same with your work and productivity. It’s hard to start working from nothing.
It takes much more effort to start working than to continue working.
It’s also quite easy to continue working even though you’re not really exerting too much force to keep working. In fact, the momentum of work often takes you longer than you planned.
You might even have a late dinner because you got pulled into work.
Much of this happens below your awareness that’s why I am writing this post so that you’re more aware of the power of momentum.
The momentum does not affect you only in the same day – for example a couple of hours.
No, the momentum can last for months or longer once you get into it. If you plan your work for every day and start working on your business at 9 AM and do that for 3 hours – and repeat that for a week, you’ll find it much easier to continue this rhythm the next week.
The momentum will give you the energy to work as there will be no need to overcome the “static friction”.
So how can you consciously use this information?
1. Realize that it’s harder to start doing anything than it is to keep doing it.
That’s why you need to push yourself a little just to start. Starting this blog post was much harder than it was to keep writing it and finishing it.
2. Know that when you have the momentum, it’s best to use it for more and better productivity.
Don’t use breaks too often in your daily work period and don’t take too long vacations when you have large projects to complete. It’s going to be very hard to get started again and since you’ll have to overcome the “static friction” again.
So I think it’s best that as soon as I publish this post, I keep the momentum and start working on something else…