In my post about what I do as a product designer, I mention a bunch of things I do on a daily basis. In thinking about that, I realized something that I try to do often to help “get me going” on things.
Often, when I’m not sure where to start, or have a mountain of daunting tasks piling up, I begin by asking someone else if they need help with anything.
To me it’s probably the single best motivational/productivity tip I can think of. Sure it’s slightly counter intuitive, as you’re potentially taking on work, but the rewards are mighty. I find that after I spend some time helping someone else get started (or finished) I’m refreshed and ready to get going on my own stuff.
Try it. It works every time.