Get Motivated! How To Be Productive When You Don’t Want To

Get Motivated! How To Be Productive When You Don’t Want To

It’s time to get motivated and get after it! Now, I know that it’s often challenging to…

It’s time to get motivated and get after it! Now, I know that it’s often challenging to muster up motivation when you’re not feeling it, but there are ways to make it happen.

Sometimes looking at the mountain of work ahead of you can be daunting. You know where to go and how to get there, but the actual doing just seems like a lot effort.

I get it. I’ve been there.

There are definitely times where it’d be easier to stay in and watch movies instead of tackling my next project. But, that won’t get me to where I want to go.

And it won’t for you either.

The path towards achieving your goals is paved in steps of effort. Each step you take, no matter how small, will bring you closer to your aim. It takes patience though. And persistence. But with a little work, you can make huge strides in the right direction.


Get Motivated! How To Be Productive When You Don’t Want To

There will be times when you feel low energy or discouraged, but that’s all part of the process. Don’t let it slow you down.

You can (and will!) create your ideal life by putting forth consistent, meaningful effort. To do that though, you need to be smart about one thing in particular… your time.

Yes, your time.

The more effectively you use your time, the more effectively you will be able to complete the task at hand, and in turn the sooner you will achieve your goals.

Because by getting the right stuff done and by fully the 24 hours that you get each day, you can create an amazing life for yourself. One where you achieve your goals and become the person you want to be.

That’s something that my courses cover in great detail.

At the end of the day, even if you are feeling low on motivation, it all comes down to taking one step forward at a time – no matter how small. With that, here are some ways for you to get motivated, get productive, and get after it, even when you’re not feeling it.


Get ready for some awesome productivity motivation! Get motivated like never before by utilizing these productivity tips, tactics, and strategies.


Get motivated – Rest up

This may seem counterintuitive, but if you’re wondering how to get motivated one of the best places to start is by getting rest.

Why rest?

Because when you’re well rested you can better concentrate and be effective with your time. You go from groggy and unfocused to knowing what you need to get done and in what order.

Rest, in this case, is really anything that gives you a break from your regular grind. That could be:

  • Taking a nap
  • Putting a brief pause on a project
  • Or taking a break from the gym

So if you’re feeling tired, unmotivated, or lethargic, it may just be your body telling you to take it easy. To catch up on some rest so that you can tackle the next day with energy and effectiveness. It all comes down to managing that work life balance.

Plus, stepping away for a little while often allows you to return to the problem with a fresh, and usually better, perspective.


Commit to sleep

Speaking of rest, if you want to get motivated sleep needs to be at the top of your list.

For a long time I operated on insufficient sleep. I thought that I was an outlier – someone that could work without shut eye. But what I thought was productive time well-spent generally ended up in a mess of poor results.

It wasn’t until I finally started prioritizing sleep that I began to see the change I was after.

That’s a big deal!

Sleep is a necessity but we often think we can get by without it. Instead, make it a priority. Make time for it in your schedule just like you would anything else. Adjust your morning routine so that you give yourself more time for sleep the night before.

By the way, since we’re on the topic of morning routines, if you’re looking to make a change to yours, here are some morning routine ideas to try out.


Get motivated – Set deadlines

Whether you’re wondering how to get motivated at work or trying to get motivated to study, setting deadlines for yourself is the way to go.

Deadlines are powerful!

When you have a deadline you need to meet, people go out of their way to get it done in time. It’s basic Parkinson’s Law in action and your motivation struggles can work in the same way. Here’s how:

If you have work to do but don’t want to do it, set a realistic deadline for yourself to do it by.

Because often just the act of drawing that line in the sand will give you the push you need to get up and get going.

If you find that works well for you, you can also consider setting some sub-deadlines.

Meaning that if a project is too daunting to work on in one sitting, set smaller checkpoints that you can complete along the way. That way, you can see your progress and have built-in pause points as you go.


Reward yourself

You know what pairs nicely with meeting a deadline? A reward! It’s a great way to get motivated as you go through and complete your tasks.

In this case the reward could be a:

  • Snack you’ve been looking forward to
  • Few minutes of a show you’ve been waiting to watch
  • Or really anything that brings you joy

By combining deadlines with rewards and rest, you’re creating a recipe that will lift you out of your motivational slump.

With that in mind, the Pomorodo Technique is a great strategy to help you stay focused and balanced between work and reward.


Get motivated – Evaluate your time

Want some help to get motivated? Remember this: time is finite. You only have so much in a day and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Don’t waste it! Instead, evaluate it.

Find out where you spend your time and if it doesn’t align with your goals than make a change. Use time to your advantage.

Then once you understand how valuable your time is you can create a plan for it. A plan that allows you to work on the things that matter and ignore the things that don’t.

It’s for that reason that I created my free, 5-day productivity plan bootcamp.

The bootcamp is a free email series where each day, over the span of 5 days, I email you with a new daily lesson aimed at helping you:

  • Recognize what tasks you should (or should not) be working on
  • Understand what your priorities are
  • And create a plan for your time so that each day is more productive than the last

If productivity is something you struggle with, I highly encourage you to sign up for this free bootcamp. You can do so right here:



There are numerous things constantly pulling at your attention – notifications, emails, calls, texts, you name it.

Those distractions can easily rob you of your energy and leave you feeling tired and unmotivated. So prevent fatigue by taking an unplugged break.

This is one of the best ways to get motivated because it forces you to focus and get things done. It requires you to stop distracting yourself with flashing screens, buckle down, and work on what’s important.

So put your phone on airplane mode, close out your email, and focus in on the task at hand. Learn how to stay focused and your concentration will improve alongside your motivation.

Bonus: If you feel up to it, you can also try employing some of these time management tips and/or developing your time management skills.


Get motivated – Make time for self care

One of my favorite ways to get motivated, especially when I’m in a bit of a slump, is to practice self care. Similar to rest, self care is all about taking care of yourself.

In order words, doing something for yourself that allows you to step back, unwind, and recharge.

That could be a:

  • Spa day
  • Nourishing meal
  • Hang out with friends
  • Or moment of meditation

By making time for self care you will be able to regain clarity and calm. In turn giving you more energy, motivation, and determination to tackle whatever problems come your way.

If you want to have a productive day, you need to make sure that you’re taken care of first.


Create a to-do list

One of the best productivity hacks and ways to get motivated is through the creation of a to-do list.

There are a lot of different ways to create lists though. Some are more effective than others. But at the end of the day, the best list is the one that gets you moving.  Any list is better than no list.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, writing everything down is a great way to clear your head, think things through, and create steps to move forward.

I am constantly making new lists. Doing so helps me:

  1. Get organized
  2. Increase focus
  3. And jumpstart my motivation

So as you create your own list, be sure to evaluate your time. Keep the things that are necessary and remove the ones that don’t serve a purpose.

Try starting with your hardest tasks first and then allow the confidence you feel from completing those challenging tasks to push you forward throughout the rest of the list.

List making is at the heart of my 5-day productivity plan bootcamp that I mentioned earlier. If you want to sign up for it but don’t want to scroll back up, you can sign up right here. Highly recommended. Totally free.


Get motivated – Listen to something inspiring

One great way to get motivated is to listen to something inspirational.

Whether it’s a podcast, motivational talk show, audiobook, or inspirational TED Talk, listening to something inspiring will help provide the jolt you need to get up and get after it.

Podcasts are always the go-to for myself. They normally aren’t too long in duration and give me the motivation I need to get back to it.

Remember, it’s all about creating a system that works for you.

Or if you’re more in the mood for some music, I recommend my post on the best music for productivity.


Don’t sweat the small stuff

One flaw that many of us share is caring too much about what others think. Personally, it wasn’t until I removed that negativity that I was then able to make strides forward and start tackling my goals in a big way.

So try it out for yourself.

Recognize that the advice and opinions from others can be helpful, but the only voice that should dictate what you do is your own.

  • Are people saying you can’t run that marathon?
  • Or start that business?
  • Or have it all?

Prove them wrong.

Don’t let others prevent you from achieving your goals. That negativity will only result in decreased motivation and fulfillment.

Instead, get motivated and get after it! Embrace the challenge and watch as your energy, productivity, and motivation increase like never before.

And sure, you’ll hit some roadblocks along the way. You’ll probably run into an obstacle or 2. And when that happens, you can check out my post on overcoming adversity.


Get motivated moving forward

See the strategies above like different recipes. By mixing and matching the various ingredients and directions, you can create a tailored motivation strategy for yourself.

Try them out together and individually. Find the best recipe that works for you. In doing so, you will both increase productivity and overall motivation.

You may hit a wall from time to time, but that’s natural. When that happens, try out some new recipes, get motivated once again, and get back to creating your ideal life.

With your motivation now regained, you may be curious as to where to head next. Well, if you don’t have any goals set for yourself, you should set some! Check out my post on how to set goals.

If you have some goals but want to be more effective with your time each day, check out my post on how to be productive.

Or if you want to boost your time management efforts, check out my post on how to manage time.

Finally, if you want to take your motivation game a step further, you can sign up for my free, 5 day productivity plan bootcamp.

It’s a free series where I email you 1 new lesson each day for 5 days.

Each lesson builds on top of the previous lesson and from it you can expect to walk away with a plan that helps you be more productive each day. It’s completely free and you can sign up right here:




1 Reference – Just A Girl And Her Blog

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