Feeling less than motivated all too often? I do. Well, perhaps not too often. But sometimes I just feel really unmotivated and wonder how I can stop myself from being so lazy.
As we are about to start the new year I went about seeking practical solutions that assisted in solving that universal motivation-problem?
Here are just a few of them. Try a handful.
1. Make a deal with yourself.
Good for overcoming procrastination and getting things done. You can make the deal small or large. You simple tell yourself something like: When I’m done with this chapter/these reports I can take a walk in the park and enjoy an ice-cream.
2. Act like it.
If you don’t feel motivated or enthusiastic then act like it. The strange thing is that within a few minutes you actually start to feel motivated, positive or enthusiastic for real.
3. Move the goalposts.
Set a large and specific goal. This will motivate you much more than small goals. A big goal has a big effect and can create a lot of motivation.
4. Do something small and create a flow.
Just clean your desk. Or pay your bills. Or wash the dishes. You just need to get started. When you have finished that small task you’ll feel more alert and ready to go do the next thing. You just to get started to get motivated. So if you really don’t feel like doing anything, start with something small and work your way out up.
5. Do the toughest task first.
This will ease a lot of your day-to-day worries and boost your self-confidence for the rest of the day.
6. Start slow.
Instead of jumping into something at full speed start slow.
When you do that your mind will not visualize the task as something hard that you have to do fast, fast, fast. If your mind sees such things guess what often happens? Yep, you don’t get started. Actually getting started, even if it’s at a slow pace, is a whole lot better than not getting started at all.
7. Compare yourself with yourself.
Not with others. Comparing what you have and your results to what other people have and have accomplished can really kill your motivation as it ups your self-doubts. There are always people ahead of you. Most likely quite a bit of people. And a few of them are miles ahead. So focus on you. On your results. And how you can and have improved them.
8. Remember your successes.
And let them flow through your mind instead of your failures. Write down your successes. Consider using a journal of some kind since it’s easy to forget your successes.
9. Remember to have fun.
Or create fun in a task. Then you’ll stay motivated to do and finish it.
10. Get out of your comfort zone.
Face your challenges to get a real boost of motivation. If you are holding yourself back take practical steps to minimize your fears. It can help you get started and take that first scary step outside your comfort zone.