7 Power Tips for Feeling Unmotivated
We all have those days – feeling unmotivated and working on our goals or anything meaningful is just not going to happen.
Even if our lives depended on it – we just can’t get going with what needs to be done.
We are not feeling sick, we are not lazy, we are not feeling overwhelmed – we are just feeling listless and unmotivated!!
So, we procrastinate – find this to do – find that to do. Everything else (or nothing else) except what we should be doing!
Worst of all, we know that these times have detrimental effects on our goal achievement.
Now instead of beating ourselves up for failing to get going, can we consider a different approach?
Here are seven brilliant questions that will help you overcome the hump of procrastination and achieve higher levels of success.
7 Tips for Feeling Unmotivated
1- Do Your Goals Excite You?
First, ask whether your goals excite you.
You may think you’re procrastinating when the problem is you’re just not motivated.
There are tasks we all have to complete daily. Not all of them are thrilling. But if your goal is to finish your book by the end of the year, for example, and you find yourself struggling to get going? Consider that the problem may be that you lack passion for the project itself, not your overall drive.
To remedy this, think of other tasks in your life. Are you generally unable to get going? Or is it with just one or two things that you find dull and boring?
Perhaps you need new goals.
Discovering your “why” for each goal you set is probably the biggest factor in determining whether you are going to achieve that goal.
So, if you don’t know the “why” of each goal you have set, perhaps it’s time to reflect on and update your goals.
2- Are You Healthy?
Next, ask yourself if you’ve taken care of your health. It’s much easier to find the energy to work on long-term goals when you’re eating nutritious foods, drinking enough water, and getting enough daily exercise.
On the other hand, if you’ve got too many poor habits like drinking too much alcohol, remaining sedentary, and eating poorly, your issue could be your health.
In fact, it could be downright impossible to have the time or inclination to pursue any worthy goals if you are not taking care of your health first.
If you can improve your health and wellness routine, do so. See if that helps give you enough energy to feel more motivated and inspired so as to avoid procrastination.
3- What Could You get done if You Quit Procrastinating?
Third, it’s time to daydream for a second. What would you love? Think of all the juicy details behind what you might be able to accomplish if you quit procrastinating.
Could you finally have that dream body you’ve been craving? Might you get that promotion at work? Will you, at last, start your side business?
Sometimes all you need is a gentle reminder of how good life is on the other side of effort.
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4- Can You Reframe it as an Opportunity?
Next, you may find it useful to reframe the situation.
Let’s say you dread going to the gym. Could you think of how lucky you are to have such an opportunity, instead of thinking of the negative?
How fantastic is it that you have the funds to afford a gym membership? How grateful are you that you have a healthy enough body to move around, run, lift, stretch, and sweat? Isn’t it outstanding that even if you’re busy, you can make the time to engage in self-care practices such as this?
It’s not that you “have to” go to the gym. It’s that you “get to” go to the gym.
5- Are You Overcommitted?
Beyond that, consider that you may have too much on your plate.
We live in a society that is extremely focused on competition and “constant doing” instead of being. Taking action is, of course, important but you have to learn to channel your energies wisely.
Burnout is a real thing. And if left unchecked, it can cause you to lose productivity (and possibly your mind) when you’d otherwise be on top of things.
Ask yourself if you’re procrastinating or if you don’t have the time or resources you need to get everything done.
6- What’s Essential and What Can Wait?
Along similar lines, you might want to do a brain dump of all your responsibilities, to-do lists, appointments, obligations, etc
Laying it all in front of you will help you determine what’s essential and what can wait. Sometimes if you want to get going, you have to trim the fat.
Much of what we pressure ourselves to complete is just busy work. Eliminate the non-essentials and see if your productivity improves.
7- What’s your reward?
Finally, make sure you have a healthy reward system in place to meet your goals.
While goal achievement is rewarding, knowing there’s an even brighter light at the end of the tunnel may prove motivating.
We spend much time bashing ourselves for mistakes and shortcomings. It’s important to celebrate our wins, too.
Sometimes feeling unmotivated and the resulting procrastination can get the better of you, but things aren’t always what they seem.
The next time you worry about your lack of motivation and/or productivity level, use these 7 Tips for Feeling Unmotivated.
You may discover a solution to your problem faster than you think.
7 Power Tips for Feeling Unmotivated