Lack of motivation can be addressed with structure, direction
Do you sometimes lack motivation to work on your projects? Ever experience one of those days when you have no motivation to do anything? Some days you just can’t bring yourself to boot up that computer or dig into your pile of work. All of us do on occasion. How do you get over that “hump” and get going?
1. Develop an agenda. Unless you are highly disciplined, a day without structure can cause aimlessness. Your mind wanders. You look around the room for something else to do. (Hey, the newspaper looks pretty inviting, doesn’t it?) You start surfing the sports or gossip websites. You need structure in your day. You need an agenda.
As I discuss in another column, an agenda plots out your day in set increments. An agenda dictates what you will work on and when. You stay focused on the various tasks you’ve set out for yourself. At the end of the day you realize you’ve accomplished quite a bit. Even more amazing, you look back and remember how you suffered a lack of motivation earlier in the day.
2. Tackle an easy task first. A difficult, boring or unpleasant task can cause a lack of motivation. Who, after all, likes to work on a project that offers nothing but grief or hardship? Give yourself a lift right away by tackling a simple project. Doing so will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Sure, you’re avoiding the inevitable, but only for a short time. Just long enough to give yourself an emotional jolt. You should find it a little easier to dive into that larger project.
3. Read something first. Get your brain “warmed up” by reading some good motivational or inspirational material. Positive motivational quotes can help inspire you to start your day, even if the previous day was not very productive. Remember: Today is a new day and another opportunity to set a new course for yourself.
A very successful network marketer I know also exercises in the morning. Getting the blood and oxygen flowing gives him a jolt of energy, he says. Try that. Do aerobic exercises for 15 minutes each morning. In addition to having more energy, you may lose some weight. That will provide added motivation.
4. Record your accomplishments in a journal. Review those each evening and on the weekend. Give yourself a mental pat on the back for a job well done. Your confidence will increase as you realize that you are able to accomplish a great deal. Leverage that sense of accomplishment to start your new week on a high note.
How do you stay motivated? What tips can you offer? Feel free to comment below. I’d like to hear from you, as will other readers.
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