Have you ever struggled with motivation? Say you have a deadline and you know it’s creeping closer by the minute. You know you should go work on your project but you don’t know how or where to even start.
Soon, fearful thoughts of putting yourself “out there” and possibly failing. Dwelling on fearful thoughts causes people to give up, shut down and slip back into the comfortable shadows where no one can see them. 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 know how much time you have left. It could all end tomorrow? On a lighter note….
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.
So, encourage yourself while you ‘re working. Research has shown that positivity will increase your productivity too.
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 done for you to reach your goal.
Prioritize the list in order from your project’s first task to the last task. Include start times and deadlines!
3. Stop Resisting Progress
Procrastination is self-sabotage. Don’t hesitate anymore.
Every day make your way down your 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 drive sometimes. If you have more lazy days than motivated days then you need to take control of your life back. Shock yourself with how much you can accomplish. So, have you been snoozing instead of grinding on your craft? Remember you are the only one who can shape your future. Don’t forget to subscribe below!