Normally it happens that, you find yourself doing various tasks, either personal or work related, without really having much motivation to do them.
When you find yourself in this situation, You need to recharge your motivation. Here are ten different tactics to easily help boost your motivation.
1. Reevaluate Your Goal
Sometimes, lack of motivation to work on your goal can be a big signal that you aren’t pursuing the right goal. If you’re not really interested in the goal you have set, it can be challenging to make yourself work on it.
Take a minute to examine your goal and decide if it’s something truly important to you. If your goal isn’t vital to you, drop it. If it is important, but you still find your motivation flagging, consider tweaking your goal to better suit your life. Sometimes reevaluating is all you need to do to get back on track with your goals.
2. Remember Your “Why”
If you’ve determined that your goal is crucial to you, stop to ask yourself why that is so. Maybe you want to exercise regularly so you can keep up with your kids or perhaps you are saving up for a down payment on your dream home. Keeping your why in the forefront of your mind will help encourage you when your motivation wanes.
3. Take A Walk
Manage your energy levels to increase productivity. Sometimes we don’t have the privilege of working in tune with our natural energy levels and have found some way to improve our productivity when feeling unmotivated. Often, all it takes to boost my motivation is a little bit of movement. I’ve found that taking a quick, brisk walk really helps increase energy and productivity.
4. Change Perspective
When we face a challenging task, our brains are better able to find paths to success with our change in perspective. By merely looking at your goal in a different light, a broader range of details and therefore potential solutions become apparent.
If you’re having trouble reducing your spending, don’t focus on what you can’t buy. Instead, focus on what you will be able to do with the extra money. Instead of looking at all the work you have to complete a big project, focus only on the next step.
5. Change Scenery
When you found yourself feeling unmotivated to sit down at your messy desk at work where you are constantly distracted by noise, when your environment isn’t conducive to productivity, you’re much less inclined to be productive.
If your environment is less than ideal, see what you can do to improve it. Maybe it’s as simple as tidying up or moving from one work location to another. Or perhaps you need to switch up your routine. For instance, if you’re feeling unmotivated to go for a run, try mapping out a different path.
6. Set a Timer
One of the favourite tactics, when you feel unmotivated, is to set a timer. You will tell yourself that if you work out or clean for 15 minutes, you can stop afterwards if you’re still not in the mood.
It’s usually plenty of time to get in the groove. At work, you should use to Pomodoro Technique to force yourself to focus for chunks of time with the promise of a break on the horizon.
Just the act of setting a timer for 15 minutes will force you to focus on the task at hand. Even if you stop when the timer goes off, you have still accomplished much more than you would have if you hadn’t started at all.
7. Take a Break
Your lack of motivation could be a signal from your body that it’s time for you to take a break. If you are usually a very diligent worker who can get lost in a project for hours, it’s especially important to take a quick break to let your mind rest.
Even less disciplined workers (like myself) can benefit from a short break now and then. Taking a few minutes to read an article, watch a funny video or chat with a coworker can be all it takes to recharge your batteries and prepare for your second wind of productivity.
8. Make It Fun
If what you’re trying to do isn’t particularly something you look forward to, try to make it more interesting. If you’re not looking forward to a run, you might make a new playlist to listen to while you’re running. Similarly, since you really dislike cleaning, you will often listen to a podcast or an audiobook to make the process more enjoyable.
Whatever you’re trying to do there is likely some way to make it fun. Even paying off debt, which is arguably not much fun at all, can be made much more exciting by using little tricks to pay off debt.
9. Look For Motivation Role Models
When you can’t seem to get motivated, you should look to others who are killing it with their goals. You may watch a quick video about an athlete in training or read your favourite fitness blogs to get motivated to exercise. Even something as simple as reading a motivational quote can provide a little boost to your motivation.
Seeing other people who are working towards their goals, especially if it’s similar to our own, can increase your desire to do the work.
10. Pay Attention to Your Health
If you find yourself feeling tired and lacking motivation, don’t forget to check in with your health. Are you getting enough sleep? Eating nutritious foods to fuel your body? What about exercise?
If you are seemingly doing the “right” things and still coming up short in the motivation department, it might not hurt to check in with your doctor. A wide range of issues from food or environmental allergies, hormone dysfunction, or even stress can zap your energy. Taking care of our bodies now will pay dividends later.
Do you ever find yourself feeling unmotivated? What do you do to regain your focus and boost your motivation when that happens?