Whether you have to work, study, or even just get out of the bed in the morning, here are ten tips that will help you keep your motivation up even when you don’t feel like doing anything at all.
- Write distractions down for later. This is especially helpful if you’re working, studying, or doing something of that sort. I know that I’m constantly thinking about a bunch of different things at the same time, and writing down the things that are distracting me allows me to focus on the task at hand and come back to the distractions at a later time.
- Take regular breaks and reward yourself. Whether you use the Pomodoro technique (25 minutes of concentration, followed by a short break. After 4 rounds, give yourself a longer break.) or a different type of system, giving yourself breaks is a great way to avoid burnout. As for rewards, I love rewarding myself with a small piece of candy or even watching a YouTube video. A few minutes of relaxation or meditation is also a great way to spend your break.
- Keep your to-do list short. Long lists can be extremely overwhelming! It’s helpful to make a list of things you’d like to do in the next hour rather than in the next week. After completing your short list, make another, and so forth.
- Work on your most important projects first thing in the morning. Once afternoon rolls around, it’s likely that you’ve lost all motivation to complete whatever your largest project is for the day. Instead, get it out of the way early–you’ll thank yourself for it.
- Take a sincere interest in what you’re doing. Even if you’re doing something totally boring, find a way to look at it and find it intriguing. For example, I do a lot of freelance writing about topics that don’t pertain to me in the slightest (i.e. articles about motorcycles and car radios). To keep myself in the right mindset, I imagine that I’m actually interested in that topic and let myself really get into it. This technique definitely helps me get through the articles I initially dread writing.
- Get ready for the day. You’ll be surprised how much more productive you feel if you take a shower, put on some real clothes (not just sweats and a tee shirt) and slap on some makeup. You’ll feel much more ready to conquer the day, especially compared to how you would feel if you were still laying in bed in your pjs.
- Drink lots of water. It may sound like an odd motivational tip, but drinking water helps you concentrate and stay focused rather than feeling groggy and tired.
- Listen to music. Music makes a world of difference when it comes to staying motivated. Whether you’re cleaning the house, writing a blog post or article, or completing another task, putting on some music in the background makes motivation much easier to maintain.
- Create systems and processes to help get you through the day. Having a system or schedule makes it much easier to stay motivated, and studies prove that sticking to a habit for 21 days makes it permanent. Keep yourself motivated for 21 days and you’re all set!
- Know when to call it a day. At some point, your motivation is going to run out for the day. You’ll know when you hit that point, and you’ll know that you won’t be able to produce anything high-quality or give any task your all. Give yourself some much-needed relaxation time and get back to work the next day.
What’s your favorite motivation tip? Let me know in the comments below!