Do you know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and feel like just laying in bed all day doing absolutely nothing? That was me this morning. With zero motivation up my sleeve, I was keen to spend the day being a potato. Then I thought about the ‘To Do’ list I wrote the night before… What will happen if I don’t respond to the emails my clients have sent 10 minutes ago while I was dozing off? Who will pack and ship off my orders from my business? Who will write this very blog post you are reading? With all these questions running through my mind, I had no choice but to get up and become a motivated potato to check off my ‘To Do’ list.
Here are 15 ways on how to get motivated when you’re not feeling it.
Tips on How to Get Motivated
1. Find a mantra
When times are tough and you want to hide in a hole, your mantra will save you. A mantra is a repeated word, phrase or sound that aids your concentration and keeps you calm and collected. If you’re looking for some mantra inspiration, here are my favourite mantras to get me motivated:
- ‘I will be rewarded if I complete this task’
- ‘I can and I will do this’
- ‘Have big dreams. You will grow into them’
- ‘I am stronger than my excuses’
- ‘Pour your heart into it’
2. Reflect on your past accomplishments
Sometimes when you lack motivation, you just feel like you are doing nothing with your life. Don’t let it get the better of you. Instead focus on your past accomplishments. What have you achieved in the past that you are super duper proud of? It could be your assignment grade or you got offered your dream job or something simple like you initiated a friendly conversation with a stranger for the first time (and you are super shy). Any moment(s) in your life that you are proud of, reflect upon them when you lack motivation. You are bound to feel much happier and motivated to seize the day.
3. Plan your goals
When your motivation is down the drain, it is helpful to sit down and plan your goals. Goal setting is a motivational exercise. It gets you to visualise what you want to achieve in the short and long term so you put yourself in the right mindset to go hustle.
4. Practice gratitude
Despite being trendy in the social media world, gratitude is a great daily exercise to practice. By thinking about what you are grateful for, you begin to realise that life isn’t as bad as you make it. You can practice gratitude in one (or two or all three) of these methods:
- Vocal.Look in the mirror and say out loud what you are grateful for today.
- Write. Keep a gratitude journal to document the things you are grateful for each day.
- Mind. Sit in a quiet spot and think about what you are grateful for today.
5. Bribe yourself
Just like a toddler gets bribed with candy if they are behaving, sometimes we need to get bribed in order to complete a task. My favourite bribe of all is ‘I can only watch the latest episode of ‘X’ if I complete my task(s). If you bribe yourself with something that you love or cannot resist, your level of motivation will go straight through the roof. Truth.
6. Actively search for inspiration
Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to find it. My favourite place to find inspiration is Pinterest. You can search anything from recipes to cute animals to awesome DIY’s. Pinterest is a never-ending world of ideas and you should definitely join in. Create a board specifically for days where your motivation is low, and it can lift your spirits. You can check out my Pinterest here.
7. Find someone to hold you accountable
Sometimes people find it difficult to accomplish something on their own, especially when they are not feeling motivated. Get someone you trust to hold you accountable. Make them ask you regularly how your progress is going. This will help you get through the task because if you have someone holding you accountable, you’ll be motivated to make some progress because you don’t want to feel like a failure. No one does!
8. Knock off the easy tasks first
With no ounce of motivation, it is very unlikely that you will be tackling hard tasks easily. Start off with the easy tasks and ease your way into it. The more you check off your list, the more motivated you become in achieving all your set tasks.
9. Split large tasks into small tasks
Have you looked at a hard task once and was like “nope”? Those are the tasks I am talking about. Instead of tackling it on head first, split it up into smaller bite size chunks to make them more manageable. You will thank yourself later.
10. Organise your space
When your space is messy, it affects your motivation. I mean, who wants to work in a cluttered space? Not me. Take some time to get rid of the clutter and you’ll find yourself more motivated with a clean and tidy space.
11. Spend time outside
Get in touch with mother nature because it’s a great way to clear your mind and boost those happy vibes. Whether it be a walk in the park, or a full on hiking adventure, get outdoors. You’ll come back renewed (and bring your camera! I’m sure there will be lots of blog-worthy shots).
12. Grab a tea or coffee
This is for all the tea and coffee lovers out there. Need an excuse for another cup of tea or coffee? You can boost your motivation just by having a nice hot cuppa. Even better, add a cookie. Yum!
13. Listen to upbeat music
When you are lacking motivation, a great trick is to listen to music but not just any music. Opt for upbeat, happy music. If you listen to sad ballads, you may not be feeling the wave of “I can do anything!” rush through your body. You’ll probably lay in bed, pondering about all your life decisions. There are lots of great playlists on Spotify that you can listen to, or create your own playlist filled with your favourite motivational songs.
14. Create a vision board
Vision boards are perfect for visually seeing everything that you want to achieve. Place your vision board in a place where you can see it every single day to remind you why you are doing what you do. Things that you can put on your vision board include your future house, holiday destinations you want to visit, your next pet and your dream career.
15. Think about the benefits instead of the difficulties
Instead of thinking negative, think positive! It is definitely easier said than done but it is worth a try. If you realise the benefits, you will be more motivated than if you simply focus on how hard or how boring or time-consuming it is.
Let’s try this scenario. You are saving for a vacation around Europe but you’re not motivated to save money lately because you would rather spend your money right now on items you want than save and budget. The difficulties in this scenario are self-control, and the feeling that you are missing out. On the other hand, the benefits are an amazing European trip, amazing photography and foodie experiences, and the chance to meet new people. If you focus on the benefits, you will definitely feel more motivated to save and budget for that Euro trip.