Do you ever find yourself lacking motivation?
Do you feel like you just don’t have the energy or mentality to start something?
I think we’ve all been there at times. I know I have. But you can find some motivation when you need it. These are some of my favorite tips for getting the motivation I need.
Think of the End Result
Think of what you will accomplish and how you’ll feel when it’s done. Will it give you peace? A sense of accomplishment? Relief? Start with the end in mind.
Here are just a few motivating questions to ask yourself:
- How will I feel when this task is complete?
- What can I move onto next when this is finished?
- How will this improve my life?
- How will this experience help me to grow?
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “bribing” yourself. Simply promise yourself a small reward for getting you task complete – and stick to it! Don’t let yourself have the “reward” until it’s all done. If you can practice some self-discipline with that it really can work wonders. One of my favorite rewards is a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!
Set a Timer
Sometimes adding a little competition to the mix can create a sense of urgency to get something done, even if it’s racing against the clock. That’s where a timer can come in – see how much you can get accomplished in an allotted amount of time.
Along these same lines, I like to have a “Power Hour” or “Blitz” or whatever you want to call it! Basically, it’s an hour set aside to fully focus on your most important project to reach your goals. It’s nice to do this early in the day, that way if your day gets totally derailed, you’ve still been productive!
Phone or Text a Friend
Have a friend hold you accountable. You could call or text them and say something like, “For the next 30 minutes I’m going to work on xyz. Could you follow up when the time is up to see how much I got done?”
There are also several Facebook groups (like mine!) where you can find accountability. We encourage before and after photos to keep yourself accountable to your projects.
Read or Listen to Something Inspirational
Do you have a favorite podcast or YouTube Channel (Here are my favorite channels) that inspires and encourages you? Then tune into those when you are needing an extra dose of motivation. I usually find this does the trick and I can get started on what I need to do.
Another idea is to turn on some music that will motivate you – for some that’s music that soft and classical and for others it may be fast and fun. Do whatever works for you!
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With some of these simple tips, you can get the motivations to get started on your project, whatever it may be. Pick what works for you and stick with it! With some extra motivation, you’ll reach your goals even sooner.
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