A lack of motivation is something that a lot of people experience on a daily basis.
Chances are you’ve been having the same feelings because you’re reading this article. Also, the fact that you’re reading this also means that you’ve decided to do something about it instead of curling up in bed and binge on Netflix, which is a really good start to boost your motivation.
If you’ve got a few minutes, I’ll show you a collection of tips and techniques on getting you more focused and motivated so you could achieve more.
- Promise yourself that you’re going to change
- Start small and achieve big
- Play music that gives you energy
- Have someone check up on you
- Visualise your future with a vision board
Sounds interesting? Have a quick read and see what can work for you.
1. Promise yourself that you’re going to change
Ever wondered why so many people choose the first day of a new year to make serious commitments? Yes, they do so because they think that the New Year is going to be a fresh start for them. But how many of them actually stay true to their commitments and deliver? Chances are not many.
Here’s the truth: you don’t need to wait until January 1 to give yourself a fresh start. While this date is good for new projects, any other day in the year is just as good. Despite being very serious and committed on January 1, the enthusiasm wanes quickly, and that’s why so many people fail to change.
Any recent event such as a new job, a promotion, a breakup, or a new purchase is just as perfect to begin a brand new life. If you’ve had such an event recently, then it’s perfect to sit down and write a promise to yourself (it can a hundred times more powerful than a new year’s resolution if you believe in it):
“I’ve been making excuses and putting this off for way too long. Gosh, I’ve wasted so much time complaining about myself and others… What did I achieve? Nothing. From this very day, I’m going to make the most out of my life and improve myself.”
2. Start small and achieve big
A major reason why people choose to postpone doing something is the sheer volume of work that needs to be done. If you feel like the project you need to do is daunting, don’t let that feeling kill your motivation because you don’t have to do everything at once.
Remember this episode from Friends where Chandler runs away because he’s afraid that his marriage with Monica will be horrible? When Ross and Phoebe finally find him at his office, he says that he can’t marry her because the wedding is too much for him.
Ross makes a smart move by agreeing that the wedding is indeed “huge” and offering Chandler to “take a little bit at a time.” Ultimately, the two convince him to go home and the wedding goes amazing.
That’s a perfect example of how starting tiny could help you to avoid procrastination and eventually failing the project you had to complete. Take small steps to achieve an ultimate goal and build momentum forward, and you’ll be amazed by how much you can achieve by making it easier for yourself.
3. Play music that gives you energy
Is there a song that you especially love because it evokes a strong emotional response or inspires you? If there is, it can do much more for you than being a great tool for entertainment. Music is a great cognitive lifehack, stimulating specific parts of the brain that motivate learning, and scientific studies support this.
For example, this study completed by Stanford University School of Medicine found that music impacted mind in three major ways: temporarily increasing the attention span, enhancing the ability to make predictions, and improving memory retention.
So if you’re a music fan, feel free to put on some tunes the next time you have a big project to complete. Who knows, maybe it’s all you need to get started.
4. Have someone check up on you
Here’s an idea: why don’t you ask someone you know to help with getting motivation? If you get an approval, feel free to go to your Facebook account and making a post about this and letting everybody know that you made a deal and you’re going to stick with it.
5. Visualise your future with a vision board
Have you heard about vision boards? These are powerful motivation tools that people use to visualise their future and have them as constant reminders of your short and long-term goals. The visual aspect of the board is the that really makes a difference here because it sends a clear message about the importance of going forward in order to achieve what you really want.
Over to YOU
Hopefully these tips have given you a framework to start learning how to beat the lack of motivation and achieve more. Now, over to you – apply these tips and you’ll become a much more productive and motivated person.