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Lack of motivation seems to be a very real and very constant struggle for many people. You’re trying to work hard and reach your goal but you just aren’t feeling motivated.
It doesn’t matter if your goal is to get a promotion at work, to start a business, to workout and lose weight, or just to clean your house. No matter what the end result happens to be, the struggle is the same – you’re just procrastinating, which definitely doesn’t help you get to that end result.
While motivation can be fleeting and you definitely shouldn’t depend on it to get your goals done, it can obviously be very helpful.
So here is a list of 5 easy ways to get motivated and get moving towards your goals:
1. Make A Daily To-Do List
Making a to-do list is a great way to get motivated. You’ll have a clear, structured, step-by-step list of things to do for your day. When you complete one of your tasks, you feel accomplished and productive. The feeling of crossing an item off of your list just feels satisfying – which motivates you to complete even more! Just make sure that your to-do list is practical and realistic. Seeing a big, long list of stuff that you didn’t get done will make you feel even more unmotivated.
One thing that will help you with your to-do list, help you be more organized, and help you get more done is investing in a good planner!
2. Reward Yourself
Obviously, rewards make you happy. Research shows that people have more motivation if they have some sort of incentive for completing a goal. So give yourself a reward every time you accomplish something. Treat yourself to a relaxing bath, a new book, a glass of champagne – anything. The key is to make the reward something that’s good enough to work for, but not so big that you’re going overboard every time you get something done.
You might like: 20 Healthy and Frugal Ways to Reward Yourself
3. Find Inspiration
Read an inspiring book, look at inspiring quotes on Pinterest, create a vision board, daydream about where you want to be in life and how happy you’ll be if you get yourself there, Google success stories about other people who accomplished their goals. Inspiration can come from many sources, just figure out what works for you! Click here for an article how to get inspired by the wonderful Boho Berry.
4. Go Slow If You Need To
Do you have a huge, intimidating goal that you’re trying to accomplish? Sometimes huge goals can be scary. Break your bigger goal down into smaller, manageable goals – you can even make a list of tiny, micro-goals. This will help you take it one step at a time instead of feeling lost and overwhelmed. Write down each step you’ll need to take to accomplish the scary goal and cross off the steps as you complete them. This will help keep you motivated and help you stay on the right path to make sure you’re doing what you need to get done. It doesn’t matter how slow you get there, as long as you get there eventually.
5. Just Do It
Nike got it right – the best and biggest way to get motivated is to just start doing things. 🙂 If you wait for motivation to naturally strike, you could very well be waiting for a very long time, my friend. If nothing else on this list works, just start doing something – even if you don’t feel like it. The reality is, if you want to get things done, you just need to do them. Nothing will get done if you just sit around and procrastinate. The more you accomplish, the more motivated you’ll feel to do even more – I pinky promise.
Tip: tackle your biggest, scariest tasks first – that way the rest of the tasks seem easier and less daunting.
How do you get things done when you’re feeling unmotivated? I’d love to read your comment below!