Over these past few months, I have been completely unmotivated to do anything. Even the simplest of tasks, such as showering or getting out of bed, have been an uphill battle. My first thought and the thought that many of you are probably thinking is that I'm dealing with a bout of depression. While that was definitely the first thing I took into consideration, I can't help but feeling that I am going through a bout of laziness rather than a bout of depression. Tasks have been piling up and as a result, I have become so overwhelmed and stressed that I have turned to doing nothing rather than engaging with these tasks. For those of you who can relate to what I've said above, here is how you can rediscover your motivation and get back on track!
1. Find Your Passion, Purpose, or Drive
Motivation only forms when there is a driving force behind your actions. It doesn't matter what this force is as long as it gives you a reason to do whatever it is that you're wanting to do. For example, let's say that you haven't showered in five days but your best friend is going to stop by later on. This is exactly the type of reason that you have needed to get in the shower and take care of yourself. If you can't find a reason to follow through on a task, create one. As long you have a purpose or a passion for an activity, you will have sufficient motivation to see it through!
2. Start Off Slowly
There is nothing that will kill motivation off faster than filling your schedule with too many tasks. Stress and overwhelm often cause us to shut down rather than keep going. The solution? Start off slowly. Fill your schedule with basic tasks and see them through. Once you see that you are capable of handling simple tasks and finishing them successfully, you will be more likely to follow through on larger tasks and feel the confidence and satisfaction that comes with crossing things off of your to-do list. If you feel as though you still have too much to do, only do things that need to be done immediately and break them down into smaller tasks until you feel more confident to take on more during your day.
3. Turn Tasks Into Games
Unless you happen to have a job or a life filled with only things that you love, you are most likely going to encounter days where you'd rather stick forks in your eyes than get your work and chores done. This is extremely common and even those who have jobs they adore still have tasks that they dread. When you find yourself having to deal with these soul-consuming tasks, treat them as though they were a game. For example, let's say you have a project for work that needs to be submitted in three days. No matter how many times you sit down to do it, you can never seem to make any progress. Rather than staring at your project in frustration until you get up and do something else, turn it into a game. Tell yourself that after every page you write, you will give yourself a cookie or allow yourself to watch an episode of your favorite TV show. This will trick you into wanting to do the task rather than having to torture yourself into doing it.
4. Squeeze More Breaks Into Your Day
Burnout is one of the most common causes of a lack of motivation. Some people feel as though they need to be sitting down constantly and working furiously in order to be more productivity. The truth, however, is that our bodies and our minds need breaks in order to function properly. If you feel like you can't think clearly or be productive, walk away from your desk or from your task and take some time out of your day to take a break. During this break, you can do anything that you would like, as long as it relaxes you and lets you recharge. Once you feel rested enough, return to your task. You will feel a lot more motivated to get it done when you are more relaxed and energized.
5. Hold Yourself Accountable
Accountability breeds responsibility. If someone else knows about what you should be doing, you will be more likely to do it in an effort to avoid letting them down. Think about the things that you need to get done. Are any of them major tasks that could impact your life? Have you been putting any of these tasks off for a long period of time? If so, tell your friends about them or post them online. Once the people around you expect you to follow through, you will be much more motivated to do so.
Did these tips and tricks help you to regain your motivation? Do you have any tips that you would like to share? If so, comment below and let me know!