I don’t know about you, but there are just some times when I need a kick up the rear to get motivated and avoid procrastinating.
And, I’m in that funk right now. I can make all kinds of excuses, lack of time, covid, you name it I can use it, but that’s not going to help me achieve my dreams and goals and get me where I want to be.
I’ve been speaking to a lot of people lately who feel exactly like that too, in a bit of a motivation slump. So, I thought I’d share with you, some of the tips and strategies I use to lift me up and get me into ‘doing’ mode and taking action.
- Just start it. Whatever it is you are unmotivated to do, just start it. Whether that’s the ironing, decluttering a cupboard or an important project for your work or business.
- Break it down. If the project seems overwhelming or too big, break it down into easier achievable steps. Almost like reverse engineering. Make a plan, and ask yourself, what steps do you need to take and in what order to achieve the final outcome?
- Break it down even further. If, after completing 2 above, you still feel unmotivated or overwhelmed, break those steps down even further and keep breaking them down until you have a list of steps which are achievable for you.
- Do the things you most dislike first. I know it may feel counter-intuitive, but honestly getting that stuff out of the way first, is a real motivator to crack on.
- Reduce daily distractions. Turn off your phone, turn off all social media or other things which cause you to become easily distracted. That’s just another sign of procrastination.
- Walk away from it. If you are becoming overwhelmed or frustrated with a project, which can inhibit progress, take a break and walk away from it for a while. Do something completely different to change your mind state.
- Reward yourself. How will you reward yourself when the project is completed? Make sure you do.
- Turn up the energetic and upbeat music. Music and singing always gets me out of a funk (my singing may put other people in a funk!) and into an energetic mood to get on with.
- Watch your self-talk. When you’re hard on yourself, ask yourself is it helpful or destructive? Adjust your language to always make it helpful.
- Reframe how you feel about the project. Instead of ‘ugh I really don’t want to do…’, or ‘I hate/dislike doing…….’. Reframe it to ‘I’m going to have fun doing …’ and make it so.
- Remember why you are doing the project. Where is it leading you to, your desired destination?
- Praise yourself. When you’re ticking off the completed steps, give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate your successes.
- Avoid Comparisonitis. Only compare yourself to yourself to see how much your haven achieved. Avoid comparing yourself to others.
- Remember, there is no such thing as failure. There may be ups and downs, but take the positives from that. What did you learn?
- Above all, be kind and patient with yourself.
I’d love to know which ones worked best for you.
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