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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?
Some great books for motivation!