6 Productivity and Motivation Tips

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If you’re struggling to find the motivation to get things done, you’re not alone. As much as I love blogging, my day job and working out, there are plenty of times when actually doing the work is the last thing i feel like doing. That’s the thing, motivation comes and goes, so you have to learn how to commit to achieving your goals whether or not you’re feeling motivated that day. Here’s how I get shit done even when I don’t feel like it.

Make a List

Make a list of the small, specific tasks you need to do. The more specific the better. Instead of “clean house,” write out each small task like load dishwasher, vacuum floors, fold and organize laundry, etc. A to-do like “clean house” can seem overwhelming and intimidating to get started. By breaking down the larger task into simple steps, they become easier to cross off. And once you start crossing items off the to-do list, the more motivated you’ll become.

Try the Pomodoro Technique

Here’s how the pomodoro technique works:
Determine a task that needs to be accomplished.
Set a time for 25 minutes.
Work on the task until the timer goes off and make a mark on a sheet of paper to track this.
Take a short break. 5 minutes is OK.
Every 4 sets or “pomodoros” take a longer break, such as 10-15 minutes.
By breaking up your work, you allow yourself to get hyper-focused during those periods of work, but you don’t burn yourself out because you have regular breaks. This technique isn’t for everyone, but is worth giving a try!

Make Things as Easy as Possible

As they say, “fail to plan and you’ll plan to fail.” Make your plans as easy to follow through with as possible. If you’re trying to eat healthy for lunch, be sure to grocery shop for healthy foods then prep them over the weekend. This way, you’ll have your healthy food ready to go every day and won’t be tempted to turn to something else. If you’re a blogger, instead of sitting down to write without a plan, take the time to plan out your content calendar and outline your blog posts. That way when you’re not in the mood to write, half the work is already done for you.

Remember Your Why

Sometimes when getting to work is the last thing you feel like doing, you should remind yourself of the reason why you want to accomplish that task or goal. When it comes to going to the gym, I remind myself that I want to feel confident in my swimsuit this summer and it helps me follow through with my workouts.

Step Away from Social

Fight the urge to visit social media whatsoever. It’s way too easy to get sucked into a circle of going through each app on your phone. If this is a struggle for you when you’re trying to focus on a task, put your phone away completely.

Stop Waiting for Motivation and Just Do It

Like I said before, motivation is actually very fickle. When you really want to achieve something, you need to stop relying solely on motivation. Instead make your commitment a habit and just do it. It’s certainly easier said than done, but once you fall into the positive habit and see the positive results it will be easier to stay committed to your goals.

What are your tips for being productive when you have zero motivation?

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These 6 tips will help you be productive and stay motivated so you can cross off your to-do list. Here’s how to get things done when you have no motivation.



  1. May 17, 2017 / 5:05 am

    Having a deadline works well for me.

    Many times my crazy schedule demands that I do certain things RIGHT NOW because nobody else will take care of them, and I will have to deal with the consequences if I don’t do them, so GO!!!

    Also promising myself a reward is nice. “When you’re done with X and Y you’ll get yourself a nice coffee break!”

    • May 17, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      If I have a lot of tasks I love setting mini deadlines. Accomplish x by x time and then give myself a reward too. Sounds like we think alike! 🙂

  2. November 3, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I love writing things down and crossing it off, makes a huge difference when it is there visually! I love using that technique and I completely agree with the fact that a lot of people wait till they have the motivation to do something but in short we will probably never get to that point so we just have to suck it up and do it!

    • November 3, 2017 / 11:09 am

      That concept really helps me with working out. I know it’s rare that I’ll wake up ready to go hit the gym, so if I make it a habit without even thinking about it, I can actually fill that goal. 🙂

  3. Bobbie Jo
    December 8, 2017 / 1:03 am

    I work the opposite from making a to do list. A list becomes a stressor for me. So I hang up a blank DONE list. As I do things I get to write them down. It’s a good feeling to see a long list at the end of the day of what I actually did accomplish.
    Now, I do keep a weekly to-do list in my planner just to keep me on track but there is something to be said for this ‘done list’. It’s a visual reward or pat on the back for myself.

    • December 13, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      OMG that is a really great idea too! Sometimes I’ll add a few items to my list that are already completed so that I can go ahead and immediately scratch them off for that sense of accomplishment. 🙂

    • Carol
      December 27, 2017 / 4:38 am

      Yep I find the DONE list extremely rewarding too! When I feel really flat and depressed because I feel like I haven’t done anything and wasted a day, I write up the DONE list and then have the satisfaction of crossing it all off lol!
      Depression gone instantly and feel really proud of my productivity!

  4. Ann krug
    January 24, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I have retained from hairstyling. I have lived by a clock for 50 years. Now is my chance to be happy with not Having to do any thing on time. I hate it. I find myself having to make myself even get started in the morning because there is nothing pressing me to do. I work better under pressure. What can I do to movatate myself.

  5. January 30, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    I Love the part you said that we should stop waiting for motivation. Sometimes i get unmotivated but making things easier works best for me from what i’ve noticed!

    Thanks for sharing,

    • January 30, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Thank you! It’s definitely something I have to remind myself about. I know I won’t always jump out of bed ready to conquer the day (or a workout) so I have to remember to make it a habit and not just hope I “feel like it.”

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