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Some days I don’t feel like doing it. Any of it. I don’t want to get up and work out, I don’t want to work on my business, I don’t know what to write or even feel like writing. I am in a motivation slump, and what I want is to roll out of bed and head to that terrible soul sucking job that I once had. The one that killed me a little inside when I walked in. I want to just get through the day, clock out, head home and not have to think about goals, how much money I will make today, or becoming my best self.
It sounds crazy, but it was easy. It was easy to clock in, do exactly what was expected of me, go home, and get paid bi-weekly the same set amount of money. Easy; and some days I crave going back to easy.
The truth is though, the same thing day in and day out, without a personal goal or something to work towards, didn’t work for me. I easily became depressed because I wasn’t challenged. There was nothing exciting ahead, just a lot of the same. I need challenges to feel fulfilled, so I took a chance on myself and started a business.
So how do I do it on days when I don’t feel like it? (Whatever “it” is that particular day.)
When I find myself in a Motivation Slump?
#1. I put myself in routine mode to get to the park to walk.
It’s part of my daily routine to go walk and exercise in the morning. One of my current goals is to run a half marathon in 18 months. Changing from someone who has never exercised regularly to running a half marathon is something that I am working on daily. I can’t sit out a day, because I have a set goal. So, if I have to, I click my brain into “routine mode”, by just doing the next thing in my routine before heading out the door. By the time I’m dressed, I might as well go do it.
Have something first thing in the morning that will help you start your day. Do it everyday whether you feel like it or not.
That can be exercise, getting up and cleaning, making breakfast/lunch, or anything else that gets you up and moving. When you don’t want to do it, go into routine mode and do it anyway.
Completing this morning task, even on days you don’t want to, will help motivate the rest of your day.
#2 I reorganize my to-do list in order of easy, routine items first.
Checking something off my to-do list is a huge motivator for me. So, putting the easy no-brained tasks first and just getting though them to cross it off my list, motivates me to cross the next item. Crossing off line after line eventually gets me excited about getting to the bigger things.
This works most days, but some days I don’t feel any more motivated when I’m done with the easy list. The plus side here is, I’ve already gotten those easy, repetitive, must-do things done, so I am ready to do the more intricate, focus-intensive things the next day when I feel better.
Crossing the easy things off your list can motivate you into a better mood to start the harder things.
#3 I listen to a motivating, uplifting book.
I think it’s imperative to always be learning, working on your mindset and towards becoming your best self. Because of this, I am always in the middle of a personal development book. I use Audible so that I can listen while driving around, or working on those mindless tasks from #2. On the days when I need an extra push, when I am just not feeling it, I will go back to the books that got me super pumped. The ones that made me feel excited, that spoke to me the most. Depending on what my issue is for the day, I may pick a specific book that spoke to me about a particular mindset issue, or motivated me in a specific way.
Sometimes it’s the book I’m currently listening to, but sometimes it’s not. A favorite of mine is Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. I love this one because she is easy to follow, energetic and speaks to anyone trying to improve their life, not just business people and solopreneurs.
Find a few motivating personal development or mindset books that you can turn to on your off days. If you don’t have time to sit and read it, listen to it while doing the things on your list.
#4 I change the scenery.
Working from home is not really as glamorous as the stock photos would have you believe. Sometimes the kids are all up in your business, sometimes it’s a mess and distracting, and sometimes you are just tired of looking at your house. On these days, I head out. Usually to a local coffee shop, sometimes a nearby park with a bench in the shade. Occasionally I just sit outside of my own house for awhile, especially if I don’t have a lot of work time that day. Any change in scenery is helpful, adding sunshine is an even bigger plus.
Changing your view can change your mindset and mood. Find a place that makes you happy, and on your difficult to motivate days, bring your work there.
Really important to note though, if you are going somewhere that you know (or get to know) the staff or other regulars, it can actually work against you. Make sure after you say hi and chat for a minute, you are able to separate yourself when you sit to work.
The truth is, no matter what you are doing, what you are working on or towards, there will be days that you feel like you just can’t. One of my favorite quotes is by Jim Rohn,
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do
One of those things, that successful people do? Show up everyday, in some way, and do what they need to do, whether they feel like it or not.
These four ways of getting myself going is what works for me. There are a ton of different ways, as everyone is different. If these don’t work for you, experiment. Address the specific problems you are having with motivation.
Did these work for you? Did you find something else that worked better?
Let me know in the comments!
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