Rediscovering Motivation

Updated on June 4, 2018
Dylan Buckley profile image

Dylan is a freelance writer specializing in the self-development and cryptocurrency investment industries who loves producing great content.


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!

How to Regain Motivation, Passion and Ambition! | Getting Back Your Why

Lack of Motivation - Tony Robbins "Tiny Changes Mean Huge Results"


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)