Some days I wake up and find myself in a slump. I’m unmotivated, uninspired, and all I want to do is spend the rest of my day being lazy. It’s not good – especially on the days when I have a full agenda of things I need to complete. However, I’ve found that this feeling is pretty common – especially amongst college students like myself.
So the real question is: How do you get motivated when you’re just not feeling it?
Here are my 4 tips to help you get up and moving:
- Break it Down: When you look at your daily schedule, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do. However, don’t let this discourage you! Take a breath and take it a step at a time. Start by organizing your list by importance. By prioritizing your list from most to least important, you’ll be able to manage your time better. Then, break up your larger tasks into smaller ones. Larger tasks may seem more daunting, so breaking them down will make things easier to complete.For instance: It’s Monday and you have a 10-page paper to turn in at the end of the week. To make it easier on yourself, try to write at least 2-3 pages a day until it’s due. Simple enough, right? It’s a lot more efficient and less stressful than trying to do it all in one sitting.
- Make it Fun: Completing your everyday tasks may seem mundane, dull, and just plain boring, but it doesn’t have to be a chore! Find a new way to liven up the tasks you need to complete. Need to finish cleaning? Turn up some upbeat music to boost your energy. Playing music will help create a lively atmosphere and you can dance and sing along to make the time fly by. You can even turn on the television to use as background noise to help you focus on the task at hand. Need to finish a large project? Call your friends over for help. They’ll be sure to brighten up your day and give you the motivation you need.
- Reward Yourself: Sometimes you just have to reward yourself for a job well done. It’s the equivalent to a pat on the back - from yourself. By giving yourself an incentive, you’re more likely to focus on the task at hand and be much more motivated and focused on reaching your goals. For example, remind yourself that by finishing that term paper during the week, you’ll have an entire weekend to go out with friends and family without worrying about any upcoming deadlines. You will be rewarded with a weekend of fun and relaxation. Sounds great, right? It’ll give you a bigger boost of motivation to finish any tasks you need to complete. When you finally finish, you can treat yourself to a pint of your favorite ice cream and an hour of Netflix – because you deserve it.
- Fake It ‘Til You Make It: A lack of self-motivation usually comes from negative inner self-talk. Therefore, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude when it comes to self-motivation. Changing your perspective is the best way to overcome a negative mindset. Be confident in your ability to perform, even if you don’t truly feel like you are. Think to yourself, “I can do it. I can do anything.” This type of positive thinking is very more beneficial to helping yourself get motivated. It’ll be a nice boost to your self-esteem and will make positive thoughts be more natural in the future.
Motivation doesn’t always come as easily as we want it to. Sometimes we have to give ourselves a push, and that’s okay! Remind yourself that you’re only human – and we all get worn out sometimes. We just need a little help to get back up on our feet. Start by trying to incorporate some of these tips into your daily lifestyle. You’ll be sure to see great results in no time.
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Do you have other tips on how to get yourself motivated? Leave your comments and suggestions below!