Do you ever look at your “to-do” list and wonder how you are going to get it all done? Are you having more and more workdays wasted because you lack the motivation to get anything done?
Many people have a hard time finding motivation, especially if they have to tackle tasks that they don’t particularly enjoy. But you can stockpile your motivation to keep you going so you can get through your to-do list faster than ever!
Getting (and Staying) Motivated
The problem with motivation is that you are either motivated or not; there isn’t much of a middle ground. All hope is not lost, even if you feel like motivation is something that has long since been missing in your life.
The first thing you need to do to get motivated is to find someone who has the motivational qualities you desire for yourself. It could be a family member, friend, colleague, or someone special in your life. Model yourself after this individual and consider chatting with them about their passion and motivation. When you talk to this person, tell him or her that you’d love to learn their motivation secrets. You may find that having this conversation with your role model will help to inspire you into action. We all can use some personal support, so step outside of your comfort zone and give this a try!
Relaxation can also help you get moving, as strange as it may seem! Many people find that creativity and inspiration go out the window when they are stressed out or under immense pressure. This is also true if you are lacking sleep or are working long hours without a break.
Take a mental vacation if you find that high amounts of stress are zapping you of your motivation. Go shopping for a couple of hours, read a book, go for a nature walk, or call a friend. Taking a break may seem like the wrong thing to do, but your motivation will likely come back when the pressure is gone.
When you are lacking motivation, you may find that you may simply need to clean house! This may involve cleaning your desk or completely clearing your mind of negative thoughts. Some people thrive in chaos, but most of us work better when our minds and our spaces are free of clutter. Relax for a few hours, clean off your desk, and come back to the task at hand. You just might find your motivation there, waiting for you!
Motivational affirmations are another great way to get motivated when you need it the most. A positive statement such as, “I am my own intrinsic motivator,” or, “I use my energy to live my life to the fullest” just might be the spark that you need to find inspiration.
These statements will reprogram your mind in a positive way. Doing so will help you find motivation in times of self-doubt or procrastination. Give it a good old-fashioned try; you just might be surprised by the results!