How to Get Work Done When You Don’t Feel Motivated



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.



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.



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.



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.

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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.




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.



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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18 thoughts on “How to Get Work Done When You Don’t Feel Motivated

  1. Hello Laiza,

    This is my first time on your blog and I love it already. The layout is just fine. I like the background colour too, just seeing the blog lifted my spirit even without reading any post.

    About the post, I agree with the points you made about how to work when not motivated. I can identify with the workload phobia. In my own case, I would call it big goal phobia.

    I usually have the phobia that comes when I set what I consider a big goal for myself. This phobia makes me not to do anything, but to keep procrastinating on my goals until I finally get to the deadline. At that point I either have to rush through it and do a shabby work or skip it altogether. Too bad.

    I learnt recently however that one major way I can get more work done is to break up big jobs into smaller chunks.

    For instance, when I wrote my first book, I got overwhelmed by the prospect initially. However I outlined the book into sections and rather took them one after the other as if I was just writing regular articles. Before you could say Jack, I was through with my first draft. Few days later, I had submitted it for editing.

    Thanks for sharing this. Let me quickly share it with my friends too, lots of us need the wisdom embedded in this post.


    1. Hello Toby!

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I really appreciate you taking out the time to make a comment. It means alot.

      That workload phobia can lead to alot of other excuses for not getting the work done.

      How could I forget breaking up bigger jobs into smaller chunks? It works wonderssss! Thanks for this reminder. When I’m updating this post later, I’ll definitely add it.

      I’m about to download your E-book right now and can’t wait to read it.

      Thank you Toby for your encouragement and support. Very much appreciated.

      You’re doing a great job on your blog. Keep it up. So many insights and life changing messages.


  2. Hi Laiza
    Wonderful post, indeed
    Procrastination is always the key behind the work-load. Instead of wrapping up small things in time, we keep on adding and adding. In the end, all those small things look like a biggg mess.
    It’s all about the mindset. I completely agree with your ‘Workload’ Phobia point. We only create a hurdle for ourselves. By looking our work from a positive mindset, we can prioritize our tasks in a productive manner. While writing any articles, I stay away from social media.
    Thanks for coming up with this lovely reminder.

    1. Hello Yatin,

      Thanks alot for your comment. I appreciate it.

      I always try to avoid it getting to the big mess phase, lol.

      Indeed, it’s all about the mindset and seeing everything on a more positive light. The more we look at our work with a positive mindset, it become part of our core values and ultimately leads us towards achieving greater goals.

      I just visited your blog and I’m blown away by the awesomeness. I’m about to dig in more.

      You’re welcome.

  3. Hi Laiza,

    Good to be over at your blog 🙂

    Interesting topic of discussion as most of us need to lift ourselves, especially when we lack motivation to work!

    Yes, it’s certainly not easy to deal with lots of work in hand, but as you mentioned, if you cut off all kinds of distractions and just concentrate on what needs attention, it’s all possible.

    Speaking of myself, when I work, there are no other links open, and no question of social media, or distractions of any kind. Perhaps that’s why we can get a lot done – it’s all about the choices you make in life and how determined you are to follow them, isn’t it?

    Your tips are apt, especially the one to find things that inspire you and learning to prioritize your work. My way to relax is not doing anything! Just listen to some light music, perhaps cook and do other household chores, which also make my break times. As they say, when you work, just work, and when you are off work, be totally off it.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hello Harleena!

      You just breathed more life into this post. Thank you so much for visiting.

      As they say, when you work, just work, and when you are off work, be totally off it—- I totally AGREE with this. Sometimes it can be hard to commit to staying focused, but like you said- it’s all about the choices we make in life and how determined we are to follow them.

      The Aha blog is just so amazing, informative and educative at the same time. I’m like- where do I even start from?

      Thank you for being a blessing through the AHA platform, for real. I appreciate it.

      Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Laiza

    Thanks for sharing this insightful and motivational post. Your points are valid but most of all helpful when applied.

    I struggle sometimes with procrastination. I know that I have something to do but keep putting it off until the last minute. I am working on it though by organizing my work in a much better way based on the schedule deadline that I have been given. Sometimes I multi task but it all depends on the type of project that I am working on especially if they are related.

    Listening to music is very helpful as it helps to relax my nerves and give me a smooth flow in my thoughts and eventually my work.

    Have a great day.

    1. Hello Yvonne,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting. I really appreciate it.

      You’re right about procrastination. I think most people face that. But off course through discipline and like you said, by being more organized, we give room for focus and also achieve our goals faster and more effectively.

      Music definitely helps! I need to get my groove back on that, because I honestly haven’t been using music for work lately. I believe different songs are right for various moods and modes.

      Hope you had a wonderful weekend and ready to have a highly motivated week?

      I’m about checking out your blog right now. Thanks again!

  5. Hey Laiza,

    I knew your post was going to be brilliant. LOL moment when you talk about going to sleep in your gym clothes. Whatever works hey? My main priority is writing every day and I do that in my best waking hours. I am like you, no social media, no phone. I work for an hour, grab a coffee, write another hour, then food and more coffee, then it is getting ready for my day. I love my morning activities.

    Then in the after noon it is generally more routine – but I love it. There are bits that aren’t so enjoyable, but I always remind myself you could be doing this for a boss and I happily continue with my work.

    When I lose motivation I get on You Tube, I have a few people that I really relate too and after watching them my fire is reignited and I am off with full enthusiasm again. I have a day off when I have lost my ‘minds sugar’. Generally my mind won’t budge. It won’t think, it wants nothing to do with writing and this is very different from losing motivation. I can tell the difference between the two.

    Great entertaining post. I really enjoy your style, look forward to more. Talk soon.

    1. Hello Rachel!

      Haha! Wearing those gym clothes to sleep actually helped me alot when I started working out newly. it was my way of staying proactive towards my workout goals.

      I want to be like you already- writing everyday? I need to get into the realm of that. But yes, I believe it’s very possible once we commit our minds to it. I DO my best to write posts for the week on weekends (hopefully they aren’t too busy). But I’ll definitely give writing everyday a good try.

      Youtube videos definitely work wonders! When I want to get in that kind of mood, I go for funny videos or something more inspirational. It helps me to get my mind off work but at the same time get re-inspired to get work done. Hmmm, about ‘mind sugars’ and taking a day off. That sounds like a great way to rejuvenate and get back on track. I believe those once a week sabbatical help too.

      Thank you Rachel!!

  6. Hey Laiza, a very interesting post with some useful tips!

    I think that the most important aspect of overcoming procrastination is to simply get to know the task at hand. Once you get an overview of the work you need to do, and see that it is not insurmountable, your instincts to avoid it and procrastinate will turn into a desire to just get it over with.

    Nice post!

    1. Hello Mathias, thank you very much!

      You’re definitely right. Getting a good overview of the work at hand and see it as a task that can actually be done, could turn into a desire. Desire being the key word. I’ll keep that in mind and make my subconscious adapt to it.

      Thanks again!

  7. Hi Laiza

    There are days when I feel like I am overwhelmed with so much activities. So I agree with all your points because I have tried them out and they have walked so well.

    I want to add that I have to sometimes remind myself why I am doing these activities. I go through my written goals and vision just to keep myself always motivated. Thanks for sharing. Have a swell week.

    1. Very true Ikechi. These pointers work wonders. I love that you mentioned going back to our written goals and vision. That is sooo important. Visions have the power to inspire us and get us acting , just by thinking about them.

      Thanks for your comment. Have a great weekend!

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