It’s time to get motivated and get after it! 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’re Not Feeling It
There may 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.
Really, it all comes down to 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 closer you will get to achieving 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. Our productivity and time management Super Course covers this 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 in mind, here are some ways for you to get motivated, get productive, and get after it, even when you’re just not feeling it.
This may seem counterintuitive, but if you’re wondering how to get motivated one of the best places to start is to… get rest.
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, or taking a break from the gym, or putting a brief pause on a project.
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
When it comes down to it, 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.
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.
See your motivation struggles in this same way.
If you have stuff to do, but you don’t want to do it, set a realistic deadline for yourself to get it done by. Often, just the act of drawing that line in the sand will give you the push you need to get up and get going.
Additionally, consider setting sub-deadlines.
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.
So put in your headphones, turn on some tunes (here is some of the best music for productivity), and get going!
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 deadlines.
The reward could be a snack you’ve been looking forward to, or a few minutes of a show you’ve been waiting to watch, it’s up to you.
By combining deadlines with rewards and rest, you’re creating a solid recipe that will lift you out of your motivational slump.
The Pomorodo Technique is a great strategy to help you balance work and reward.
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.
See it is a tool to help you get closer to where you want to go. By properly allocating and harnessing it, you will be able to increase your productivity, get more done, and better utilize your day.
PS: If you’re interested in this concept, our productivity and time management Super Course has lessons specifically dedicated to helping you track, analyze, and become more effective with your time.
There are numerous things constantly pulling at your attention – notifications, emails, calls, texts, etc etc etc.
Those distractions can easily rob you of your energy and leave you feeling tired and unmotivated.
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 of your email, and focus in on the task at hand. Your concentration will improve and with it, your motivation.
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 a little self care. Similar to rest, self care is all about taking care of yourself.
In order words, to do something for yourself that allows you to step back, unwind, and recharge.
That could be a spa day, a nourishing meal, hanging out with friends, or a moment of meditation.
By making time for self care you will be able to regain clarity and calm – which in turn will give you more energy, motivation, and determination to tackle whatever problems come your way.
Create a to-do list
One of the top 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. Some are more effective than others. In our course I explain how the ideal kind of list is a smart list that combines location, priority, and timing.
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. It’s a great way to:
- Stay organized – because I can see what needs to get done
- Stay focused – because I can work on one task at a time without distraction
- Stay motivated – because I know what needs to get done and am excited to do it
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.
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.
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.
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 experience both increased productivity and 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.