Have you ever struggled with motivation? Let’s say you’ve got a deadline for a project that is creeping closer by the minute. You need to go work on it but you don’t know how or where to even start.
Soon, fears of putting yourself “out there” and possibly failing fill your mind. Dwelling on fearful thoughts causes people to give up, shut down and slip back into the shadows. They wither away and never attempt their life–changing ideas.
Hold yourself to a higher standard than that. Don’t allow yourself to waste your life away! You’ve got work to do and you don’t have much time left.
Here are 7 tips to get yourself motivated:
1. Think Positive Thoughts About the Task
Once you have a task in mind. Start thinking good thoughts about doing the activity. People procrastinate when they’re in a negative mood. Pessimism devours your energy, creativity, and inspiration.
Also, imagine how relieved and happy you’ll feel when you finish the project!
2. Plan Your Day
What should you do today to bring you closer to your dreams?
Take the time to research, plan and write out everything that needs to be done for you to reach your goal.
Prioritize the list in order from your project’s first task to the last. Include start times and deadlines.
3. Stop Resisting Progress
Procrastination is self-sabotage. Don’t hesitate anymore.
Every day make your way down the list. Each time you complete a task, it‘ll motivate you more.
Start the first little task of your entire project. That’s it. Don’t worry about the entire project, focus on the aspect you are working on now.
4. Give Yourself a Sense of Urgency
Gaining a sense of urgency can bring out your ability and desire to finish the job.
Choose a task and set a timer (a real one or an app on your phone) for how long you think it’ll take you to complete the activity.
Decide on a punishment if you don’t finish the task before the time is up. Also, choose a prize for if you finish in time.
Challenge your productivity skills. Give yourself a deadline and set a timer! Go!
5. Reward/Bribe Yourself
Reward yourself when you finish an assignment. You’ll slaughter your “To Do List” when you know you’ll get a prize in the end. Celebrate even your small successes.
6. Try the Pomodoro Technique
This productivity technique trains your brain to focus and to work in a more efficient way. In time, it can even improve your general ability to concentrate.
Set a timer for 25 minutes, then work intensely on your task, non-stop. When the timer goes off, take a 15-minute break. Then, repeat as needed.
7. Take a Mini-Meditation Break.
When you’ve been running your brain on full-speed, all day, you’ll eventually crash and burn out. Whenever you need to rest your mind, take a quick meditation break. Sit back, close your eyes and focus on your breathing for one or two minutes. You’ll return to work with revived focus and energy.
Everyone lacks motivation sometimes. If you have more lazy days than motivated days then take control of your life back. Shock yourself with how much you can get done.
So, have you been snoozing instead of grinding on your craft? Remember you are the only one who can shape your future.
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