Let's be honest, we are naturally not motivated all the time. It can be really frustrating when a spell of 'zero motivation' occurs right when you had planned to do something. But just because you are not motivated in that moment doesn't mean you can't help yourself feel motivated.
Today I share with you some tips that you can action when motivation is low but you are wanting to be productive and get shiz done!
Tip 1 - Remind Yourself of Your Why
Give yourself a reminder as to what you are working towards. Why are you going for a run? Why are you studying your course? Why are you doing the housework? Whatever the task is that you are not motivated to do, remind yourself why you are doing said task in the first place.
Once you reestablish your why and remind yourself what you are working towards, this will help you build motivation.
Tip 2 - Just Do It
Sometimes, no matter how unmotivated we may feel, we know deep down that if we just get on and do it, we will feel a whole lot better!
Tip 3 - Get Some Exercise
Sometimes motivation is low because we may feel groggy or our minds are just not active as of yet. One way to help this is by getting some exercise to help clear your mind and get your endorphins (your feel good hormones) going. Whether you go for a walk around the block or go for a 10 mile run or bike ride, getting up and doing some exercise will help make you feel more motivated and ready for the day.
Tip 4 - Realise What Is Stopping You
You may be feeling unmotivated because you are stuck in a rut therefore do some exercises to help unstick you from your rut. For example: you could journal how you are feeling right now, analyse why you are feeling a certain way and perhaps brainstorm different outcomes of getting out of the rut you are in.
Getting your thoughts and feelings out on paper can help clear your mind and look at things with a new, more motivating perspective.
Tip 5 - Work For At Least 20 Minutes
It takes us 20 minutes to get fully invested into something so sit down at your desk or start doing a task for 20 minutes and see how you get on. 9 times out of 10 you are likely to have got into your work flow and are now engrossed into what you are doing.
Another tip is working for 45 minutes and then pausing for 15 minutes. This can be a good motivator as your brain knows it will get a guaranteed break after 45 minutes which will help make the brain work harder.
Tip 6 - Write a To Do List
You may not be feeling motivated because you are overwhelmed keeping all your tasks and to-dos in your mind instead of on paper. Therefore, write yourself a to-do list of everything that is on your mind and categories what you will be doing imminently and what can be done another day.
Then once you have completed each task you can satisfyingly tick off each task from your list until everything is complete
Tip 7 - Act As If You Feel Motivated
By tricking your brain into thinking you are motivated will in turn help you actually feel motivated. Your brain is super powerful and it will do everything it can to protect you but you know for your own good that whatever it is you are gearing yourself up to do, it is something you want to do and not have to do so trick your mind into feeling motivated so you can get the task done.
Tip 8 - Reward Yourself
Who doesn't love a bit of positive reinforcement? If you are really struggling with motivation, set yourself a reward such as a cup of tea and a slice of cake or having a catch up with a friend after working for 3 hours. This will help your brain work towards your time goal and will help it feel motivated so you can indulge in your reward.
Ultimately, motivation is not something we all experience every day. It is discipline that helps us get tasks and goals completed so ensure you are disciplining yourself and the motivation will follow when you are working more towards your goal.
Leave a comment below and let me know one way which helps motivate you to get shiz done!