Lacking motivation? Even the best of us need an extra boost once in a while to revamp our productivity and drive. If life has got you down, it can be hard to stay on track with all of your day-to-day responsibilities.
If your motivation is dwindling or depleted, it’s time to make some necessary changes in your life. Try the following simple tricks to get out of your funk and jump-start your mood and motivation.
1. Get Started Now
If you wait for the perfect time to complete a task or project, you’ll never get anything done.
When you have a lack of motivation, it’s common to feel uninspired to do anything that you don’t thoroughly enjoy.
However, the most motivated people are the ones that don’t wait around until they’re in the right mood. They simply get started and push through their lack of motivation, and soon enough, they’re immersed in their project.
Tackling the hardest task first may give you the incentive you need to power through the rest of your work. “Hardest” doesn’t necessarily mean the longest or more demanding task.
It can simply mean a task that you’ve been avoiding, such as filing paperwork or making an important phone call. Getting an unfavorable task out of the way can help encourage you to take on the rest of the things you need to get done.
2. Move Your Body
Exercise is a wonderful thing. It can decrease stress levels, enhance creativity, sharpen your thinking skills, and even foster motivation.
Many experts agree that exercise is one of the best ways to lift your mood and generate energy
. While you may not feel like getting up and moving, force yourself to walk, dance, work out, or simply move around.
To get the full benefits of physical activity, you need to engage in exercise that causes your heart to beat faster.
If you’re limited on time, or simply can’t conjure up the motivation to workout longer than a few minutes, try short bursts of exercise
in between other tasks. Set a timer for 5 minutes and get moving. Dance to the end of a song or jog around the block.
Once you get going, you’ll likely see your motivation begin to soar.
3. Take a Power Nap
You know that a lack of sleep can put you in fog. However, the impact of sleep deprivation is much more serious.
Poor sleep can affect everything from your sex life and memory to your health and weight loss efforts. While most of us know that sleep is paramount for good health and wellness, many of us don’t get the sleep we need to stay energized and motivated throughout the day.
Research shows that a whopping 48 percent of Americans don’t get enough sleep
If more shut-eye isn’t in the cards for you, try to fit in a few nap sessions. When adding extra hours to your nighttime sleep is not possible, power naps of 15 to 20 minutes max can do wonders for your motivation.
A brief power nap can essentially help reset your system, giving you the burst of alertness you need to get through the rest of your day.
4. Reward Yourself
Incentives are a powerful thing.
Think about it – you probably don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn each morning to go to work, but the incentive of getting a fat paycheck on Friday motivates you to get dressed and drive to your job.
Rewards can be used in all aspects of day-to-day life to help motivate you to complete something that you’d otherwise put off until later.
Remember that your rewards should be something you really enjoy, such as a trip to your favorite restaurant, an evening out drinking with a friend or colleague, or a trip out of town for the night with your significant other.
Write down your goal on a piece of paper and put it on the fridge. Whenever you walk pass and see it, it will remind you to keep yourself on track.
Life is what you make of it. Don’t waste time sulking when there’s so much to do. Everyone has days when they feel uninspired. However, productivity can be achieved by changing your state-of-mind.
If your motivation is lagging, try some new tricks to lift your mood
and enthusiasm. Most take only seconds to do, but the results can be substantial. Discover what gets you motivated, and use this information to your advantage.
Question of the day:
Do you have any life hacks on how to get motivated? Let us know in the comments below!