Some days I just want to stay in my bed forever. I can’t even find the motivation to get up. Or on other days I just don’t want to write that blog post or complete a homework assignment. For some reason, I just can’t motivate myself to do it. If this sounds anything like you, then you’re in the right place. Today, I will give you 11 ways to get motivated when you feel like absolute crap.
I know that feeling all too well. You know that you have to complete something, but you just can’t. For some reason, you just can’t find the motivation.
Everyone is different, so what works for me might not work for you. Take my advice with a grain of salt. I hope that I can help find your motivation and start being more productive.
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1. Productive Procrastination
Productive procrastination is pretty much-doing something else (aka being productive) while procrastinating another task. This might seem like a bit of backward thinking, but just hear me out.
Once you complete this task, then you will have gained the motivation to start the one you were procrastinating.
Remember that it’s okay to throw out your plans if you weren’t feeling it and just accept that you aren’t going to do what you originally planned.
Sometimes what we schedule for our day doesn’t line up with how we might be feeling or what we want to do. It is okay to take a break from your scheduled day and do other things that you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t gotten the chance to.
Okay, I am literally obsessed with self-care. I think it is so fun and it just gives me so much more energy.
Start off by doing a self-check-in with yourself. Ask yourself why you are feeling off.
Re-evaluate to see if you have had enough sleep, eaten healthy, drank water, showered, are comfortable, exercised recently, have a clean environment, or have socially interacted with others recently.
If not then go back through and do the things you have left out. After this, just do stuff that makes you feel good such as journaling, making a healthy meal, or yoga. Self-care is all about doing well for yourself, so by taking time out of your day today, you will be more motivated to work later or tomorrow.
Remember that it is okay to take breaks and you don’t need to be go-go-go 100% of the time.
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3. Use action to create motivation
Before a large and daunting task that you feel like avoiding, start with a small doable task that you can accomplish within a short period of time.
This small task will give you something you can cross off your to-do list, therefore motivating you to accomplish your next task. This will help you build momentum and keep you motivated for longer.
It also helps you get more done since you probably would have continued to put off both accomplished tasks for longer.
4. Break it down
Lack of motivation can sometimes be caused by overwhelm, so break down your tasks to allow you to accomplish little bits at a time.
Start with an overarching goal. Let’s say you want to clean your closet. You can then break this down into going through each clothing category, counting items, and putting them into bags.
By breaking this seemingly scary task down into smaller pieces, you will not feel as afraid to take it head-on and keep going.
5. Reflect on life circumstances
Reflection is the key to success in any aspect of life.
If something in your personal life isn’t going well, then it might be the cause of your lack of motivation.
We often forget that external factors can affect us in unrelated ways, so always be aware of the big picture.
If you recently got in a fight with a loved one or are overwhelmed by your school work piling up, then don’t be alarmed when you don’t feel so motivated to study for a test and write an upcoming blog post.
6. Focus on a reward
The simplest way to motivate yourself is to focus on the reward. This is not great to use all the time, but if you are really desperate, then it’ll work.
Tell yourself, after I do this, I get to do this. This will make you more motivated to finish your task since you are focusing on what the result will be when you complete it.
7. Set a timer
Setting a timer allows you to dedicate a short period of time to your task. It also gives you a space to work in.
You can set a timer using the App that is automatically on your phone when you get an iPhone or you can use the Flora- Focus Habit Tracker App. This app is so cool and much more motivating than the regular timer.
When you set a timer on this app, it plants a tree in the app and a real tree will be planted somewhere over the world. In this app, you can connect with friends and see how you do over time by looking at your statistics.
If you want to avoid your phone altogether, then just ask Alexa, google home, or Siri so you don’t get distracted and have to go on your phone.
8. Plan your to-dos
In order to plan your to-dos in advance, you need to write a to-do list the night before.
If you don’t like actually writing it down, then visualize what you need to do the next day in your head.
To stay the most organized you should be using My Daily Schedule. This is a free downloadable pdf that can be filled out digitally or when printed out. This daily planner keeps your day organized and has space to list all your to-dos.
9. Make it a habit
If you can’t motivate yourself to do something, then try making a habit. For example, instead of just saying you are going to work out today, say that every day at 10:30 I’m going to go for a run.
By making this a habit you will be more consistent and know that is just part of your routine.
10. Set the mood
To get any sort of work done, you need to set the mood. This means what sound, location, etc you need to work most efficiently.
I like to listen to instrumental music or lo-fi beats while wearing my noise-canceling headphones. It also helps to make sure your space is clean and without distractions.
To get anything done, put away your phone. It should be put out of sight and easy access to prevent distractions. Also, don’t try doing anything productive in your bed because that just never works out well.
It is important to make your space ideal to work in and set yourself up for success. You know what you need to work and what you don’t need.
11. Get your thoughts together
I feel like I say this all the time, but you need to reflect. It is so important to get all of your thoughts together. To do this, you could journal, meditate, go for a walk, or whatever you want.
Make sure to reflect before you start working on something. You need to be your own motivator and visualize what you are going to do before you do it. Set your intention for the day of being productive.
11 Ways To Get Motivated When You Feel Like Absolute Crap:
- Productive Procrastination
- Use action to create motivation
- Break it down
- Reflect on life circumstances
- Focus on a reward
- Set a timer
- Plan your to-dos
- Make it a habit
- Set the mood
- Get your thoughts together
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