I would love to be able to say that I am one of those people who is continuously motivated to be productive all the time. But, this isn’t the case because I am not a robot.
There are a number of reasons it is easy to lose motivation, whether that be because your end goal seems miles away or because you aren’t making as much progress as you would like. It is easy to let these negative thoughts continue and before you know it your do list is becoming never ending as you struggle to motivate yourself to get stuff done.
But, the good thing is when you learn how to overcome a period of diminishing motivation, you can regain control and refocus your thoughts.
These are my top tips for regaining your motivation and productivity needed to continue to smash your goals.
I include this in so many of my blog posts because I feel journalling has so many benefits. It really helps me to clear my head when I write down what is on my mind. I can then put the journal in the draw and get a bit of relief that I have dumped my thoughts down some where.
This can help with reviving motivation as it helps you to find out what it is that is making you feel unmotivated. Are you bored? Do you need to change up your studying technique? Are you feeling restless? Does the task you’re facing seem impossible? By journaling and releasing your thoughts and worries you can work out what it is your feeling and what your worries are, and how you can go about solving them and regaining your motivation.
Set goals for each session
Without individual goals, you are working without a direction or an end point, which can cause a lack of focus and cause you to lose motivation. Ask yourself the questions where do I want to be with this, this time next month? What do I want to do long term?
When you have answered these questions look at how you can achieve this over a specific period of time and break these goals down into smaller chunks.
I find this helps me to stay on track and when I complete these goals, I let myself finish working even if it doesn’t take me long. Setting individual goals for each session that clearly illustrate how you’re getting close to your big goal will help motivate you as you can visualise achieving that goal.
Which leads on to…
Visualise yourself achieving your goal
A great way to get motivated is to visualise yourself smashing your goal in comparison to how you would feel if you didn’t. Let’s face it, not bothering to work and therefore not achieving what you want will feel shit. With the art of visualisation, your motivation will be increased as you see yourself reaching your goal.
If it helps, write down these feelings and keep them near you when you are working, that way when you are feeling unmotivated, they act as a reminder and an incentive to reach your goals.
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Taking a break from work and doing some exercise will help clear your head and increase your focus. A side affect of exercising is the release of endorphins which will also boost your mood and provide a natural high which in turn will help boost that motivation!
You need to ensure you take regular breaks and exercise is a great way refresh and reset ready to get back to work again.
How often have you thought about how much better your life would be if your passion turned into a job? Or how much better you would feel if you managed to achieve that qualification. Whatever it is you are aspiring to, seek inspiration.
For me, I found seeing the success of other incredibly motivating. For example, when I was studying for my marketing course, I would head over to the CIM Twitter page and look at info on those who had graduated in the course and gone on to do great things. Seeing these people would reaffirm why passing the course was so important to me and the rewards it could bring in my career.
Motivational quotes and speakers are another great way to get inspired. I just use the TED talks app and there are plenty to choose from, I also enjoy looking at quotes on Pinterest too!
Find your most productive time of day
Are you a morning person, or do you feel your most productive in the afternoon? By finding out what works best for you you can ensure you are working at a time you are likely get more done.
Don’t force yourself to start early if you don’t get much done at 6am. Instead, schedule in time to work when you feel your most productive, that way you will work better and feel more motivated.
This is so important when it comes to regaining your motivated. If you’ve got a task you’re not really feeling, promise yourself a reward of some sort after you’ve completed it. Whether that be putting on your favourite film and relaxing or heading out with some friends.
Rewarding yourself for your hard work is the perfect incentive to get stuff done. Treating yourself with some love in the way that you do others will help you to feel refresh and motivated when you return to work.
What are your tips for getting motivated when you’re in a slump? Let me know in the comments. 🙂