Let’s face it. Sometimes we feel completely unmotivated to get even the smallest projects done. Procrastination is a key hindrance to lack of motivation and putting our dreams off. I mean, even superman still has those days when he doesn’t feel like saving the world, right? When I started on the path of building my business, there were some days that just felt off and I found myself making excuses or chilling through my work by doing nothing. In fact, it’s a common problem, especially if you don’t have a boss waiting for a project with a deadline attached to it.
However, I’ve learnt to get a lot more work done and stay focused while doing it. The more focused I am, the more I produce even better work. While writing this post, my phone is off and there’s really no distraction besides the generator from my neighbors’ house (lol).
Anyways, I’ve got you covered with these tips that could help you both as an individual, student, career person or entrepreneur.
DEAL WITH WORKLOAD PHOBIA
Sometimes the thought of getting the work done leads to different unnecessary imaginations of how long the workload will take. I mean, have you ever assumed that you needed to climb 40 stairs in order to get to your destination, only to find out later that it actually took just 5 steps to get there?
Start by pin pointing how long it will actually take to finish a particular project. Do you need to do more research before you start a project? How long will that take you? Once you’ve done that, be practical and set a time target for each project. If you need to write an article for Huffington Post as a freelance writer, or maybe do some research about your clothing business, you might want to set a time target of 1 hour, depending on how intense the project is. For some, it could be 30 mins for each project on your to-do list. It’s not enough to have a long list of things to do, but it’s important how much of it you get done well.
DOUBLE P (PRIORITIZE AND PROACTIVE)
Prioritize: Most times we get lost in doing the fancy work and end up delaying the very important ones. Categorize your work according to their order of importance and their deadlines. If you need to research first before your presentation at the office, then researching could be number one in category A. Don’t forget to set time targets for each work on your to-do list, as you prioritize.
Proactive: It’s important that we figure out those main tasks that could feed the other ones. For example, if wearing your workout gear to sleep and putting your phone far from your bedside before sleeping, will help you stand up and go to the gym, then do it. Figure out those little things that will help you achieve your goals on a more effective and efficient level. If taking an online class in graphic design will help you towards becoming a creative entrepreneur, then it’s time to start.
FIND SOMETHING OR SOMEONE THAT INSPIRES YOU
Now, if you have a vision board, a support team, accountability partner, mentors or role models, then this tip should be a bit easier. Sometimes, when I feel unmotivated, questions like this help – What will my mentor be doing right now; how would my role model deal with this issue; how many lives are still waiting for me to help them; thinking about how God needs me to fulfill my purpose on earth; or just simply looking at the travel section of my digital vision board and how I plan to visit Zanzibar and Hong Kong; etc.
Just thinking about some of these things alone gets me motivated to stand up and work. Look for something that drives you. Sometimes, when there’s no one to inspire or motivate you, you’ll have to just draw it out from within. What would your future children or generation thank you for? Well, you know the answer. Let’s get to work.
CUT OUT SOCIAL MEDIA COMPLETELY
I’ve gotten trapped by the social media craze many times. Cutting social media completely while doing work, is one step that can change the way you look at life. Most people don’t get work done mainly because of social media and all the distractions that come with it. You might want to just upload a picture on instagram and you end up spending 1 hour there and then another hour on snapchat. What? Set specific times to check your social media and discipline yourself to stick with those time targets. Make up your mind to get your to-do list done while staying focused on your ultimate goals. Honestly, social media can wait.
ORGANIZE YOUR SPACE
When a room or work space is clean and well-organized, it gives us room to think better and work even more productively. Get that messy desk cleaned up and you’ll notice the difference. Trust me, this works wonders!
I know! You probably weren’t expecting this, but sometimes all we need to do is just rest. Whatever rest or relaxation means to you, from sleeping, shopping, watching your favorite series, playing your favorite Xbox game; just do it (depending on your deadlines though). In some cases, we exhaust our ‘mind sugars’ and try to go beyond what we can handle at a given time. Just relax and do what you love. Do something that will make you feel great from the inside out. You’ll definitely feel better and ready to get work done.
REWARD YOURSELF FOR THE WORKS YOU DO
Yes please! You deserve to reward yourself for all your hard work. Recently, my rewards have been watching movies after the day’s work. So, I try my best to wake up early, do my work for the day and then look forward to those unbeatable movie times.
Major rewards could mean, going to the movies, vacation, shopping, treating yourself to a special dinner, having brunch with your friends, beach day, and more. Smaller rewards could be as little as buying yourself a yummy chocolate (just don’t get addicted). When you set rewards for yourself, it motivates you to look forward to something after every task on your to-do list.
Now it’s your turn: What are your tips for getting motivated when you don’t feel like it? Please share some activities that keep you focused and inspired throughout your day. Let’s discuss.
Honestly: I really appreciate you for reading. Please share your thoughts, experiences and ideas in the comment box below.
Life is more meaningful when we share. Let’s get more people achieving their purpose.
Love & Light
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