We often get so overwhelmed with out daily lives that we end up losing focus when we have tasks at hand. We can completely forget the reason behind even doing something in the first place and then end up losing motivation. By the time we realize how much time we’ve wasted, it’s been so long that we end up now having to google “How to motivate yourself” before getting started on any of our work.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself, no shame in it. I go through this pretty much everyday. You might even be losing motivation right now about something you’ve got to do.
Let me help you out. Here are my 11 tips on how to motivate yourself.
1. Ask yourself why you’re doing it
It’s easy to forget about something especially once we have so much going on in our daily lives. I find that the biggest reason I’ve lost motivation to do something in the past was because I simply forgot about why I even needed to do it in the first place.
- If you’re a business owner who’s been putting off a supply run, tell your something like “You need to go to the store and buy supplies for the shop or you won’t be able to sell anything. You’ve pushed this off for almost 2 days now, anymore and you’ll lose money.”.
2. Ask yourself “how can I do this right and how can I do it wrong”?
As with any task, there’s a right way to do something and a wrong way.
- Take the time to think through how to get something done properly. This way, you won’t end up getting all that work done only to find out you’ve done all that work incorrectly.
- For example, if you’re out to buy some birthday gifts for a friend your girlfriend’s friend that you don’t know very well, make sure you at least get them something they’ll appreciate. You wouldn’t want to buy a pair of earphones for that friend if she was deaf.
- Make sure you have all the right tools and equipment you need to get the work done before you start. This way, your work rhythm doesn’t get disrupted and you can maintain your focus.
3. Set a specific date and time
Setting a specific date and time to have your work done by forces you to be accountable to yourself or whoever you’re trying to get the work done for.
- I find that if I don’t set very specific time to get things done, I end up getting nothing done. It’s important to keep track of the time so that you make sure you have enough time to get the work done right without losing any motivation.
4. Break down the work
Some tasks are too large to take on all at once. Don’t even bother getting it all done at the same time, you’ll just lose motivation even quicker.
- It helps to break your work down into several small steps so that you don’t get overwhelmed by everything you have to do.
- For example, if you have a paper to write and some things to study, tell yourself “I’ll study until 3, and I’ll start writing my paper right after until 6.”
5. Set reminders
I use the calendar and alarm apps on my phone to set reminders so that I don’t forget to do anything important if I end up losing track of time or falling asleep.
- Utilize scheduling tools, many are free to use and are probably already on your phone. Tools like calendars and alarms were made specifically to help keep track of time and your productivity.
6. Take breaks
As important as it is to get your work done, it’s just as important to give yourself some time to unwind and release any tension you’ve built up.
- By giving yourself a break, you allow yourself to do more work at the end of the day. Of course, only take a break if you really think you need one. There’s a difference between taking an actual break and just being lazy. Make sure you’re not falling for the latter.
7. Get rid of distractions
I have a cat named Mire and a dog named Yassi. As awesome as they both are, they’re huge distractions for me when I’m trying to get work done. Have you ever heard the noise a cat makes when chasing a dog and vice-versa? It’s loud.
- You might not have pets but I’m sure you have a phone which is just as distracting, if not more so than having pets. Put anything distracting like a phone in a different room or somewhere that’s far from you. This way you won’t habitually keep turning it on to go through social media.
8. Eat and hydrate
Working on an empty stomach or when you haven’t been keeping up with your hydration is a sure fire way to quickly get yourself burnt out.
- Our brains consume a lot of energy whenever we’re working on something. Food and water are our main sources of energy so you’ll need to make sure you’re well fed and hydrated if you want to be at the top of your work game.
It’s easy to take water for granted, but it’s a vital nutritional requirement…Water plays a role in nearly every major body function.7 dietary sources of energy – Mayo Clinic
9. Put some music on
The power of music when it comes to motivation cannot be denied. I’m sure you’ve experienced that sudden burst of positive energy while listening to music you like.
- Make sure to listen to music you actually like and not to genres you don’t like.
- Many people force themselves to listen to classical music when they’re working because they think it’s some sort of magical productivity booster.
- But, if you don’t like what you’re listening to, you’ll just end up killing your motivation even more. If you don’t like classical music, don’t force yourself. Just listen to something you do like.
10. Wear the right clothes
It’s easy to overlook the importance of wearing the right clothes when they’re trying to get work done. We might think that as long as we’ve got clothes on, we’ll get the work done one way or another. But, I’m sure you’ve been in an extremely cold library or office while trying to get work done in just a T-shirt and shorts before.
- Dress for success and make sure the clothing you’ve got on is comfy and fits the occasion/location.
- An example would be not to wear tight and restricting clothing if you’re going to be doing something that needs you to move around a lot.
11. Make it a habit
Like mostly every living animal out there, we humans are creatures of habit. If we make it a habit to be lazy, we stay lazy. If we make it a habit to be productive, we stay productive.
- Make it a habit to be productive and get your work done. At first it may be hard but it will certainly get easier the more you continue to enforce your habit.