You've gotten a good night's sleep, done your morning ritual and had a good breakfast. You now have a fresh cup of coffee and your "To-Do" list, but just don't feel any motivation to do any of it.
Yeah, I've been there (more times than I care to count).
So, what do we do? We "want" to make progress, but just are mentally unmotivated. Could you just be feeling in a rut? If you are, then read this previous post?
Otherwise let's do Day Eight's Challenge:
Grab some Motivation!
Here are 7 ways to grab some motivation and accomplish some things on our to-do list and our goals:
1. Banish Negative Thoughts
Yeah, this could mean a number of things - your own self-criticism, from others, the news, social media, your fears talking, and so on.
Turn off the News and social media, turn off your phone, turn up your favorite music, read some positive quotes and tackle the hardest task first.
2. Change the Scenery
Always working at the same desk, in the same surroundings? Take it elsewhere! Take your laptop outside, the local coffee shop - somewhere different. If you can't do it at work then do something elsewhere. Eat lunch outside, adjust a routine differently.
3. Re-evaluate Your Goals
Like I mentioned in my "Stuck in a Rut" post, are you setting realistic goals?
Goals that fit you and not what others expect of you, are they realistic to attain, and maybe set smaller goals to reach instead of getting intimidated by the large one.
So re-evaluate your goals and be honest with yourself BUT at the same time don't stay in your comfort zone either.
4. Stop Multi-Tasking
I know many people say they are efficient multi-taskers. *scoff*
This is just a quick one way street to burn-out.
Instead, block off time for similar tasks. If you're at a desk working - concentrate on desk work! Don't stop in the middle to run off to do a load of laundry or something. This breaks concentration and your productivity slows down. You'll feel less stressed as you're not feeling "pulled in all directions" to accomplish everything.
5. Write it Down
Remember I said to write your goals down, did you do this? Then post it where you'll be reminded of them often. Write down WHY too. We get so routine we forget why we wanted to - work 2 jobs, lose weight, earn a degree - whatever your goal is.
6. Focus on Your Progress
Too many times we focus on the end game and forget the steps we've accomplished so far. That's why I mentioned to break down the goals into smaller steps and celebrate those.
For example, one may be trying to get into shape and lose weight but lose motivation after only 5 pounds, or they feel the progress is too slow. Just stawwp! Progress IS progress! So you're walking only 1 block a day? So what! You've gone further than those still on the damn couch!
Celebrate the small steps.
I think for many people, especially me, that we find it easy to do things for others but are slacking when we want to do things for ourselves.
Someone wants us to finish a project by such date - we're eager to do it and get it done. We want to learn a new hobby - naw later....later.
Maybe we could use an accountability partner? Tell someone what your goals are and have them tell you theirs and then hold each other accountable as well as be their "cheerleader". That's a great motivator - trying not to disappoint someone else.
So, how about it? Write down a goal you want to do this month in the comments and at the end of May I'll ask how y'all did?
Productivity Quote of the Day
"You did not wake up today to be Mediocre"