We’re all given the same 24 hours to enjoy each day. It’s what we do with that time that sets one person apart from the rest. Maybe you know that one woman who is able to knock every day out of the park and look good doing it too. And you’re over in your own world feeling sluggish, bouncing from one thing to the next without getting much done.
Tackling the day and checking items off your list isn’t the end all, be all. However, everyone has things that just need to get done. If you’re wanting to elevate your motivation so you can get more out of your day, test out these tricks!
First things first, get your self-talk in check. When starting a project you’ve been putting off, do not spend one second telling yourself that you can’t do it or that you don’t want to. The “can’t” sets yourself up for failure. You will naturally resist doing something you already think you’re going to fail at.
The “don’t want to” or “don’t feel motivated” is just putting off the inevitable. If you’re being honest with yourself, the likelihood that you will suddenly feel motivated is slim. You’re never going to feel like doing it. Whenever you find yourself waiting for self-motivation to kick in, try Mel Robbins’ hack from her book The 5 Second Rule. When you start to feel that twinge of resistance, count backward 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. This trick distracts your brain and let’s your inner wisdom stay in control, shifting your desire to leave a task to staying focused and getting things done.
Know Your Weaknesses
Figure out what times throughout the day you find yourself slowing down and when you are most productive. Perhaps you’re a morning person and feel energized in the early hours of a work day. Tackle big items that require more brain power during this time and save simpler tasks, like email and meetings, for less productive times of the day.
Mid-afternoon is one of the most common slow times in a person’s day. You’ve had lunch, your morning dose of caffeine has faded and your feeling spent from the morning’s work. If this sounds familiar, make sure to fuel up at lunch with energy boosting foods. Give yourself heathy options and skip the cheese burger to keep energy levels running high.
Break It Up
No one is designed to work for 8 hours straight. Breaking up your workday into smaller segments gives you little wins rather than trying to tackle one large project in a day.
Try setting a time limit on a project. Work on that single item for 30 minutes without any distractions until the timer goes off. You may be surprised at how much you can knock out and how hard it is to keep your mind focused without having to answer any emails or phone calls during that time.
Give yourself breaks from your desk as well. Moving around helps create energy, and that means happy endorphins and a more motivated self. Take a short walk or do some stretches whenever you feel yourself going into a slump.
There is an enormous amount of research, tips, and tricks out there for increasing motivation. The truth is, there isn’t a right or wrong way to harness your inner strength to get stuff done. It’s a learning process and takes time to experiment and figure out what works best for you. So, what are you waiting for? Get after it and try something new!
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