Sometimes. Well, at least once a year. Possibly twice. Something very unpleasant occurs. You wake up in the morning and suddenly realize that you are too lazy to get out of bed. You are too lazy to cook or to hang out with your friends. You do not even want to visit your favorite workplace.
And the only thing you do with relish is sitting in front of the TV, eating something yummy all day long. You’re slowly turning into someone with a muffin top but with no socks on. Because socks simply don’t matter anymore.
Being unmotivated is a nasty feeling.
You feel stuck, and regardless of what you do throughout the day, everything just blurs into sheer dullness. Don’t allow this feeling control you and your life. You can break out of it by doing at least one of these simple things that will help you regain motivation and get back on the track.
Take a Break
This is the first and the most obvious thing to do. There are no universal tips like “get enough sleep”, “visit the exhibition” or “take a walk in the park”, because everyone has their own method.
Any work that takes place over a long period of time, requires a break. Motivation can fade if a person works all the time and, accordingly, gets tired with no chance to rest properly.
Cut Yourself Off from Social Media
Social media are a perfect time-killer, but they don’t help much in regaining motivation. In fact, they are productivity’s worst enemy. Just think about all those minutes wasted on checking the notifications or browsing your friend’s feed.
Mind your own business since that is the only thing that matters, really. Turn off your social news feed, specify the time during which you can check the notifications and make your day productive.
Sometimes the reason for losing motivation can lie in the burden of responsibility for the outcome. The fear of making a bad decision may apply to both insignificant and vital things, like, “Should I write this paper by myself or should I ask someone to help me write my paper?” These small household decisions tend to pile up, and as a result, you may lose your nerve and start making absolutely irrational decisions at all.
But sometimes you just have to take action, no matter what is to come, or how stressful the thing feels. Let go. Overthinking and overanalyzing will only make things worse, especially when you’ve already made some kind of a decision.
Make a To-Do List
Sometimes the motivation is simply lost in the background because of a huge number of tasks in the agenda. In such a situation it is necessary to put the tasks in order and determine the relevance of each of them.
That’s why you need to always compile a to-do list that covers the 3 main assignments are necessary to do. This will help you begin, and give you a clear picture of which of the tasks are of paramount importance.
Track your time
Modern studies have shown that productivity can be improved if a certain time-tracker is activated. You can specify the estimated time of each of the tasks on your list, so you can know for sure how much time each task will require. This will reduce anxiousness and allow you to work more efficiently.
If the motivation has disappeared, and there is still a lot of work ahead, surely there would be something easy for starters. It can be anything that doesn’t take much effort and can be performed quite quickly.
Completing a task is always encouraging, making a person feel that they are ready to pursue. Particularly, finishing the work that has long waited to be fulfilled, raises the spirit. This gives a deep feeling of content and makes one want to do more.
Add fun to what you are doing
It does not matter if you want to earn money to buy a car or to lose weight. The more pleasant a thing you are doing feels, the bigger the desire to continue doing it.
Don’t like jogging? Dance! Don’t want to write an article? Change a topic. The way you do things can directly impact your motivation.
Visualize Your Dream
It will require, above all, a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Picture what you will look like when you lose extra pounds or earn money for this fancy dress.
Print out your goal, formulated in a few clear words (for example, “Write about the latest news 15 minutes daily”) or a picture of the desired result and fasten next to the desktop or on the refrigerator.
You can also make a screensaver with your goal on your desktop computer. A constant reminder will keep your focused and enthusiastic about the result. Through visualization, you will motivate yourself even more.
Let’s admit, it can take years to earn a certain sum in business, or months to lose weight… Reward yourself to stay enthusiastic about your goals. Set up the “checkpoints” to see your progress and celebrate these small victories. This is how you can tick your unmotivated brain into working harder.