I struggle daily with motivation, actually the lack of. It's a combination of my depression, control issues and lack of accountability to anyone but myself. But I think I have found a magic combination that works for me - 3 Things. This is a new realization so I'm counting it as one of my Change (Word of the Year) items, but I have been doing it for about a month.
Every night I make a list of 3 things that I want to accomplish the next day before I can do any "fun" stuff - like sewing, scrapbooking, or 'playing' with friends. It can be as simple as doing the dishes, a load of laundry and taking out the garbage when I'm having really bad days; or X # of hours of work-related chores, meeting a client and washing windows on a good day.
Today was pretty simple, because it's Sunday so my chores were doing laundry including the quilt I finished yesterday (pics coming on my first finish for 2011!), cleaning the kitchen and preparing for tonight's dinner with my kids, and gathering all the recyclables for garbage day. I was on a roll so I also washed the floor in the kitchen, made the bed (a miracle in this house!) before I would 'allow' myself to surf the net. Next up, more sewing!!