How to Motivate Yourself When You Feel Like Doing Nothing

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I feel like the last year has taught me so much about motivation. In particular, self motivation.

Since I essentially run my own business and work for myself, there is no one here to kick my butt and tell me what to do. There’s no one here to motivate me or give me orders and deadlines. This is both good and bad. Good because I’m not too fond of people telling me what to do, & bad, because well, I have to tell myself now.

Don’t get me wrong, as much as I preach motivation there have certainly been many days/week/months where all I want to do is lie on the floor for five years and do nothing, you know?

There are days where I’m exhausted from editing, emails and taking photos that I am REALLY NOT feeling inspired to sit down and write an essay of a blog post. There are times when working out is the last thing I want to do & the thought of stepping on a treadmill could probably make me cry.

But I pour a cold brew coffee & do it anyway. Why? Because it’s all up to me in the end. If you want results, you have to put in the time & effort, especially when you don’t feel like it.

For those times you’re feeling unmotivated, like you want to binge watch an entire season off netflix instead of crossing off your to-do list, here’s a few things that might help.

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Remind yourself of the end result: Ask yourself, what do you want to gain from all this? Why do you want to be motivated? A lot of people tend to lose sight of what they’re goals are which is often why they lose motivation. If it’s blogging you’ve lost motivation with, find out why you’re blogging to begin with & where you want to be in 6 months? 1 year? 5 years?

Workout: Nothing makes me feel more productive than working out. Seriously though, if you’re ever in a rut, sweat it out. I’m really enjoying swimming to clear my mind lately, running to alleviate stress & lifting weights to get me focused. Do anything that gets you moving and active. A hard workout can keep me motivated for days!

To-do lists: The night before or as soon as I wake up, I write down 5 things that I have to tick off. I usually start with the hardest because once it’s done, it makes me feel like I’ve already accomplished something so that gets me motivated! I’ve been doing this for the past few months and it’s really helped a lot with being productive. I literally feel so lost when I start the day without a list… like where do I even begin? This type of system also helps a lot if you tend to feel overwhelmed when it comes to tackling tasks.

Reward: Give yourself something to look forward to in the end. A netflix binge and glass of wine feels SO much better when you know you’re deserving of it.

Time management: When I have a task on hand, I usually create a deadline for myself (it’s what would happen in a normal 9-5 job, right?) I use a time-block which is just life changing when it comes to efficiency. I’ve mentioned before, I use Google Calendar to basically organise my life. I switched over from the apple calendar as I find it so much better – you can colour coordinate everything (yes yes I’m very OCD but what’s new), it syncs to your phone and google maps, it automatically adds events from your email, & I just find it much more professional.

Don’t leave things to the last minute: In fact, don’t leave them at all. When something pops up on your to-do list, even something as simple as doing the dishes, don’t opt for the “I’ll do it later” approach. Things build up and that’s how you get stuck behind. Do things right away, keep on top & the accomplishment you feel will keep you motivated.

Find inspiration: Instead of scrolling endlessly through social media, use it to inspire you! Visualization is very powerful. I usually rely on images to help me stay inspired, which then of course gets me motivated. For example, if I need motivation to take photos or write more blog posts, I’ll start looking up bloggers on Instagram – I do this weird thing where I scroll back to their beginning days & see how far they’ve come. Creepy? Maybe, but I swear it works. It makes me realize how much someone can improve and accomplish & usually in such a short amount of time. I find photography inspiration and quotes on Pinterest to keep me going, and I’ve recently been using my tumblr as a new outlet. I think it’s important to tap into new outlets to stay motivated and create fresh content.

Create a morning ritual: My morning routine is everything. I mentioned in this post that it literally shapes & sets the tone of my day. I have a very specific routine when I wake up that involves no technology, a workout (the best time to clear my mind), essential oils (love this one for mental focus), COFFEE, an energizing breakfast & writing my to-do list.

Step away: Sometimes you just need to take a break to feel refreshed and ready to get back into it. Breaks are essential to regroup but just don’t stay away for too long, that can end up doing more harm than good.

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That’s it from me! SO tell me guys, do you have any secrets for getting yourself motivated? Please do share!

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