Many people struggle with staying motivated and can even feel unmotivated while trying to get going. However, it’s possible to find the motivation you need to keep going and get things done!
We can improve our motivation or add a sense of urgency or novelty to jobs to make them more attractive to our brains.
But there’s something more we can do: reduce the time it takes to go from wanting to do something to do it. We don’t need as much motivation to get things done if the distance between them is smaller.
That’s excellent news for those of us who have trouble keeping motivated!
There will be instances when we lack motivation, especially when confronted with life’s challenges like despair, trauma, and fatigue. All of these factors might have a significant effect on our basis. As a result, the less we rely on incentives, the better.
You’re reading this article because you need a little extra motivation. We’ve all felt that way before, but don’t worry; we have a few tips to help get you going again.
My top five are as follows:
1. Break the task into manageable bits.
Rather than waiting until we have the motivation to complete a large project, we can achieve the same results by completing a series of more minor activities and goals.
Breaking down projects into smaller parts increases our chances of having the drive to complete each activity. Plus, completing one assignment component might sometimes provide you with extra incentive to complete the following small task.
This tip may include breaking tasks down on bad days to the point where they appear ridiculous.
If getting to work one morning feels overwhelming, break it down into two steps: “put on shoes” and “walk out the door.” The size of the chores should be determined by where you are on any given day. My rule of thumb is that if a task doesn’t feel manageable, it probably has to be broken down into smaller chunks.
2. Remove any obstacles to completing the work.
If you have to zigzag around obstacles, your task will take longer and demand more motivation. As a result, even minor roadblocks can prevent us from completing our tasks.
Especially when it comes to chores that you know will be difficult to motivate yourself to do. You can boost your chances of success by removing barriers ahead of time when your motivation is high. Physical, organizational, and sensory barriers are all things to watch for when it comes to obstacles.
3. Simplify the task at hand.
It takes a lot more motivation for me to fetch a vacuum and vacuum my living room than it does for me to press a button on my Roomba.
Yes, I still need to pick up my belongings from the floor, but the urgency of “it’s already going” motivates me to do so.
You can check to determine how much of what you think you need to do comes from the pressure you put on yourself versus what the task indeed demands. To avoid scope creep, ensure you know what you need to do and what you don’t need to do. We often have a mental process where we hear “do X” and decide that we need to do X, Y, and Z.
Especially for those who grew up believing they couldn’t do anything right and needed to show their worth by going above and beyond.
When motivation is a problem, doing the bare minimum is preferable to not doing anything at all. It’s also occasionally a good idea to decline the work.
4. Obtain assistance with the assignment.
You don’t have to do everything yourself if a friend can assist you. Plus, doing something with someone can help you stay motivated.
The belief in you of a buddy might assist in closing the gap on the work and make it feel more manageable. They may also have a distinct perspective that can aid in the task’s completion.
Delegating the duty or hiring aid can both help.
5. Follow the flow.
The task determines the amount of motivation required to complete a task. It also depends on your personal feelings about the subject. Some days you’ll be in the mood to do something different than what you had planned.
For example, I had planned to write a different post, but this one felt more ready to write, so I went with it.
It’s the same amount of labor, but going with your brain’s flow demands less motivation. It’s much easier if you follow the flow and do it while you’re feeling it. You can help create the flow if you need to do the task right now.
For example, you may use a playlist or a routine to help you get into the zone, so it doesn’t take as much mental effort. These are just a few ideas for bridging the gap between wanting to do something and doing it.
In conclusion, these five tips will help you get things done even when you’re at your lowest. The key is to push through the inertia and get a little bit of anything finished, whether it’s a small step or a giant leap.
Please let me know if there are any tips and strategies that I missed in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this article, share it with a friend or colleague.