We all have days where we struggle to stay motivated, especially if you’re working on a large or long-term project. It’s even more depressing, when you really want the goal you’re aiming for… and yet you’re struggling to find the energy to actually do any work towards it!
Motivation is like any muscle; it needs regular exercise to maintain it, otherwise it gets saggy and tired. Use these 15 tips to help maintain your motivation levels… and increase your productivity too!
#1: Write down your goals
There is something special about seeing your goals written down. It helps to change the idea into an action; the thought into a desire and it helps make it factual and achievable… and you more motivated towards achieving it.
#2: Focus on your big why
Knowing why you actually want to do something enhances your desire… and motivation
#3: Visualise your end result
Don’t worry about how you are going to achieve it – focus on the end result you want to achieve.
#4: Publicly commit
When you share your desire with the world at large, you‘re not only committing to your dream… you’re strengthening the desire to reach that end result.
#5: The power of music
Music can stir up emotions and get your body moving… and fill you with a renewed burst of energy. So turn up the volume, get off the sofa, then dance and sing your way through your favourite songs.
#6: Create a mantra
Create a verbal statement that reinforces your desire and helps get you through difficult times. Statements such as “I can do this”, “I have this covered” and “I will achieve” are all great examples.
#7: Create a ritual or routine
It could be using the same pen, sitting in a certain chair or wearing a certain outfit – create a routine or ritual that signifies you are ready… it’s time for your motivation, energy and creativity to appear.
#8: Challenge yourself
Learn new things, stretch that comfort zone to challenge yourself to go further.
#9: Revisit your achievements
Remind yourself of those things you’ve previously achieved and succeeded at… it’s a great way to renew your motivation and energy.
#10: Clean up
A cluttered, untidy working environment can really cause your motivation to sag – get cleaning; decluttering can be a really cathartic experience for your motivation.
#11: Reward yourself
Whether you’ve reached a small milestone or achieved a great leap forward – reward each and every achievement.
#12: Write an easy “To-Do” list
Sometimes, the simple act of crossing off things from a “to-do” list can really give your motivation a boost – as it serves as a visual reminder of what you have already achieved – along with how that feels emotionally.
#13: Pay it forward
Whether you retweet or share a post, or buy someone a drink – the quickest way to boost your motivation is to feel useful, helpful and grateful – and this can be easily achieved by helping someone else!
#14: Go Outside
Fresh air is great for blowing away the mental cobwebs – go for a walk, run or just sit in the garden and spend time appreciating nature.
#15: Sleep on it
If all else fails, draw a line under today and get an early night. Make the decision to have a fresh start in the morning.
Are there certain points in the day where you feel at your most motivated? What methods have you found most effective for giving your motivation an adrenaline shot? Why not share your thoughts and experiences in the comments box below.