It was a gorgeous Sunday morning, one of the few really spring-like days we'd had during April. I'd spent the last two weeks bundling up against gray, cold skies and dodging rain drops. Now there was so much I wanted to do...walk to the library across the street and find a great book. Go over to the pond and feed the ducks. Shop for new spring clothes. Even do spring cleaning with all the windows open and the warm breeze carrying the scent of cleaner away. Any or all of those ideas would have been appealing.
Instead, I plodded over to my computer, powered it up, and started working on two writing projects that were coming due.
Why did I do that? What motivated me? To answer that question, it helps to know that there are two basic types of motivation: external and internal.