Feeling unmotivated or not in the mood to do something is a common experience, but it’s important to find ways to push through and get things done. Here are some strategies that may help:
- Break tasks down into smaller, more manageable steps: Sometimes, the mere thought of a big task can be overwhelming and cause us to procrastinate. Breaking the task down into smaller steps can make it feel less daunting and easier to start. CHECK OUT: ‘Getting Your Life Together’ Checklist
- Set a timer: Sometimes, we can get bogged down in a task because we feel like we need to do it for hours on end. Setting a timer for a shorter amount of time, say 20-30 minutes, can help us focus and make progress without feeling like we’re committing to a massive chunk of time.
- Create a sense of urgency: Setting a deadline for a task, or telling someone else about your plans, can create a sense of urgency and accountability that can help you stay motivated.
- Reward yourself: Promise yourself a small reward, like a snack or a break, once you complete a certain amount of work. This can help you stay motivated and provide a sense of satisfaction as you make progress.
- Change your environment: Sometimes, a change of scenery can do wonders for motivation. Try working in a different room, going to a coffee shop, or even just opening a window to let in some fresh air. CHECK OUT: Create a Small Calm Space to which You can Escape
- Just start: Sometimes, the hardest part is simply getting started. Try setting a low bar for yourself, like committing to just 5 minutes of work, and see where that takes you. Once you’ve started, it can be easier to keep going.
Remember that motivation can come and go, but it’s important to keep pushing forward and finding ways to get things done even when you don’t feel like it.