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Many times I find ideas of good things working in my head. Those ideas are good and I want to work on them tomorrow, also. And sometimes, I feel interested in a project/work, doing it with pleasure. But when I wake up after night's sleep, I do not find myself interested (at least much decreased in interest) on the matter, work or project.

I don't know why this is happening. My question is, "How can I keep myself interested even after night's sleep?"

Please note that I sometimes try to sleep by remembering the to-dos for tomorrow. But it only disturbs my sleep.

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"I sometimes try to sleep by remembering the to-dos for the tomorrow": I don't understand what you mean by that. Do you fall asleep while thinking about your to dos? –  0x6d64 Jun 30 '12 at 11:18
    
No, but only try to keep my self interested by remembering tomorrow's work. But it is not most of the time –  Anwar Jun 30 '12 at 11:19

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I find it very helpful, in addition to the advice provided by Adam Tester, to keep a small running record of events. The way I like to do it is something of a mix between a simple event log and a journal, where I record both the actions I've taken and my attitude about them. I combine this with my running to-do list.

For example, let's say I'm working on a personal website. My to-do list might look like this:

1. (done) Register domain name 
2. (done) create index.html
3. create 'about me' page
4. add CSS to site

Meanwhile, I have a log that looks like this:

2012-07-01: Decided to make a personal website. Registered the domain "allaboutme.com"
2012-07-02: Created index.html for the website. It doesn't look very attractive right now, I need to add styles.

I keep up a simple log like this, and it makes it much easier to jump into the mindset I was in when I stopped working the day before. I can read the past few days' entries and have a very good refresher on what I thought was important, and either follow through with that or re-think the decision now that I've slept on it.

You can use any format you like for your to-do list and the log. Plain text files will work well enough for both, or pen and paper, or more involved tools. Personally, I use taskwarrior for my to-do and vimwiki for my log, which I love.

I know you are probably more concerned with the motivation piece than with the tools. That eagerness that grips you when you get a good idea can be very hard to recapture. To my knowledge, there's no magic solution to getting it back. The best you can do, I've found, is to leave yourself helpful reminders so that recalling the state becomes easier.

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I get this sometimes when working on programming projects, so I leave my computer on with everything still running, but turn off the monitors (and in my case the neons and keyboard), go to sleep, and when I wake up, everything is exactly where I wanted it to get going again.

I once read an article on 'wanting to work' and it stated that all you have to do is force yourself to work for 5 minutes, and promise to yourself that if you want to stop, you can. So just force yourself to start doing whatever it is for 5 minutes.

After that time, about 90% of the time I feel deep enough to actually continue working on whatever it is I was doing. Even if I really didn't want to 5 minutes ago.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks for the answer, Can you do some more explanation with an example –  Anwar Jul 2 '12 at 9:47

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