Summer is really here.
The days are longer, the sun is out and the heat is on.
You’re sitting inside you see the sun shining into the window. As you take a deeper look through the glass you can see the leaves on the trees swaying from the breeze.
It looks gorgeous outside. But you’re stuck inside all day because you have work to do. And by the time you get out you’ll have more work to do, your own personal stuff.
You waited all through a pretty tough winter to miss all of the best days of summer.
You’d rather be at the beach, a local park or even on your couch relaxing with the sun shining in.
Days like this were made for relaxation, not to be trapped in an endless cycle of responsibilities.
At this point you don’t even want to finish what you’re doing. Instead you’re trying to figure out ways to enjoy the day before it’s over.
But wait, aren’t you supposed to be working?
Your Motivation is Shot
You know you can’t just up and leave your job early, so you’re stuck there for a few more hours.
But you might as well leave. I mean you’re not getting much work done. All you can think about it clearing out your afternoon schedule so you can enjoy some part of the sun before it sets.
Ugh, but what about all the stuff you have to do? It has to get done. Then again, tomorrow is another day.
You could do it tomorrow but you’ll just be in the same place again. You won’t make any progress if you don’t do something now.
You know you have to do it but it’s so hard to stay motivated when lying around sounds so much better.
How did this even happen? You were trucking along just fine then the sun shined in and ruined everything thing.
You were completely hypnotized by the gleaming rays and drawn to the window. You may have even been daydreaming.
You were distracted by something happening outside of what you were doing. And as soon as you realized what it was, your motivation for what you were doing quickly dried up.
If only it were raining, right? Well, probably not because then you’d want to curl up on the couch and watch movies.
What Are You Going to Do?
Working in a windowless cellar isn’t realistic so you have to figure something out, or else you’ll be stuck in the same place forever because you can’t stay motivated for long.
In order to address your lack of motivation you have to resolve it in different ways. As you may have noticed, unless it’s lounging and relaxing, nothing lasts for too long when you get like this.
You have to use a few different methods you fuel your motivation so you can get unstuck and make some progress.
Remember these tips the next time your motivation is fading and you’re thinking it’s a better idea to throw in the towel for the day and relax.
They’ll help you get back to work and your personal responsibilities without any resentment.
1. Look ahead
When all you’re doing is focusing all that you have to do before you’re done it’s no wonder your motivation is dead.
How can you stay motivated when you’re overwhelming yourself mentally?
Don’t worry so much about the process of getting there. Just take it one step at a time and as you do focus on how good you’ll feel when everything is said and done.
Yeah, you read that right. But I’m sure you’ve misunderstood.
It’s okay to take a break as long as you’re not throwing in the towel. Doing any one thing for 8-10 hours a day, followed by more chores later, is exhausting just to think about.
Stopping to take a break every few hours breaks up the monotony and rejuvenates you a bit before you start again.
Like if it’s really nice outside, you can take a 10-15 minute break to walk around and enjoy the sun and breeze.
If you’re exhausted from running around town for the past few hours, plop down on the couch for twenty minutes to catch your breath.
You just can’t let it take over the rest of the day. Getting to enjoy it for a few minutes prevents you from feeling like it was absent from your entire day.
3. Shake a leg
In my line of work I sit a lot. Actually, there are very few reasons for me to get up at all. It’s like I am chained to my chair.
Moving around, even during your break, prevents you from feeling like you’re confined. Because you feel like you’re confined to a space you get stir-crazy, then all you want to do is escape.
4. Reward yourself
It’s like when dedicated dieters and fitness enthusiasts have a cheat day. They allow one day of indulgence to reward themselves for sticking to their plan all week.
Recognized the effort and work you’ve put in and treat yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything big and shouldn’t disrupt your progress. Just a little something can you can enjoy and motivate you to continue.
5. Just do it
Who knew Nike has been providing good advice all along?
Waiting for inspiration is a big mistake. It’s a waste of time. That’s why motivating yourself is so important.
Sometimes you just have to push yourself a little to do what you have to. Once you start doing it you’ll realize it’s not that bad and actually want to finish it.
Like when you go outside for a walk on a beautiful day. You might not feel like coming back inside, but do it anyway. It may even push you to finish up early so you can get back outside.
6. Clock it
Think about how motivated you are when you’re working on a deadline.
The seconds are just ticking away and you can’t get them back. So you make every minute count.
Timing yourself or setting a completion time frame will motivate you to keep working until the time is up.
7. List the benefits
A lot of the time you’re not motivated to finish because you’re disconnected from what is at stake.
Make a list of the benefits for completing whatever it is you have to do. Whenever you feel you should just lie around instead, review the list.
Reminding yourself why you’re doing it will keep you going.
8. Make a playlist
You know there are at least a couple of songs out there that get you pumped to do something. Download a few of those songs so you can play them when your motivation is fading.
If there is a video that comes to mind that inspires you to take action, watch that too.
A few minutes of watching or listening to something that motivates you is worth it. And it’s a good way to add a little fun into the mix.
But this can be distraction so watch out. Five minutes is all you need, too much more than that is procrastination.
You may have previously convinced yourself that doing what you feel at the moment is the best. But that doesn’t work in your favor when you need to complete things, because all of a sudden you no longer want to do them.
If you could get something done by just wanting it, without further action, we’d all be living the easy life. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
You have to put in work to reap the benefits. Therefore learning how to motivate yourself is very important.
Figuring out what motivates you and using that to your advantage is powerful and irreplaceable when it comes to achieving your goals and living your dreams.
Always strive to keep your motivation up and nothing will stop you.
How do you handle dying motivation?