It’s never easy to motivate yourself, especially after a bad day or when you’re stressed, exhausted, or tired. Believe me, I experience this all the time, and over the last year, I’ve tried a ton of different ways to snap myself back into action even if I don’t feel like doing anything at all.
Here are some examples:
1. Take a Break
No, really. Sometimes you do just need a break. Taking an afternoon, evening, or even a whole day off won’t kill you and won’t cause your business to end or your work out regimen to get off track forever. We’re all human and we all need a break sometimes! Just don’t make that break too long!
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” – Legally Blonde
Truer words have never been spoken, amiright? Exercise is a great way to improve your mood and get you re-motivated when you just aren’t feeling it. Plus, exercising doesn’t take too much brainpower (just endurance) so it can be a great break from some of the brain-power-sucking activities in your day.
3. Organize Your Surroundings
Sometimes my desk and work area gets so messy that I just can’t focus anymore. When that happens, it’s time for me to sort through my stuff, throw away trash, and get re-organized so I can resume my work. My creativity just can’t flow when my work space is a mess.
4. Compromise With Yourself
When your to-do list is a mile long, like mine was the other day, it can be difficult to want to get started working. But instead of feeling overwhelmed, I compromise with myself. I focus on one task at a time and when it’s done I give myself a small reward, like a 5 minute Facebook break. Breaking up long work sessions with small breaks is a great way to stay motivated.
5. Fake It Till You Make It
Once in a while when I’m feeling especially lazy and unmotivated, I just fake it. I’ve found that when I decide I’m just going to pretend like I’m motivated and the hardest working person on Earth, I actually get motivated for real in a just a few minutes. Crazy how the mind works, right?
6. Get Dressed
Working from home can make it tempting to stay in your pajamas, or yoga pants, all day. Yesterday I spent all day in my husband’s big oversized sweatshirt and today I’m wearing a dress and amazingly feel so much better! Sometimes when I’m not feeling motivated I make myself put on “real clothes” and that gets me going.
7. Find Inspiration
When you are having a tough time staying motivated, one way to get back on track is to find inspiration. For some that may mean reading inspirational stories of others who’ve succeeded at what you’re working on, or it might mean reminding yourself of your own past successes. Other times it might mean writing down or repeating an inspirational or motivational quote. I have a quotes board on Pinterest that I love.
8. Set Goals
Setting specific goals and deadlines will give you something to work toward when you start to feel lazy and unmotivated. Also, my major deadlines (like creating my course) only work when I tell someone else about them and they can keep me in check.
9. Remember Your Why
It can be especially hard to stay motivated if you lose sight of your big-picture “why“. Try keeping a reminder of your goal, like paying off debt, building savings, losing weight etc. near where you work or wake up in the morning so you don’t forget why you are making sacrifices.
10. Have Fun
Finding a way to make your work fun may not sound possible, but it often is. Make it a game and you’ll b
e more motivated to keep working. I have a friend that challenges himself to write a certain number of words in a specific amount of time. If he succeeds, he gets a cookie. Literally.
11. Try Something New
When your life or work gets monotonous, it can be hard to stay motivated. Maybe it’s time to try something new. Find a new side hustle, ask for more responsibility at your job, or create a new product for your business. New and exciting things going on in your life will help you stay motivated.
12. Cut the Clutter
It’s not just physical clutter than can be making your life chaotic. Cutting out things like watching TV, negative friends, and other clutter in your mind will save you energy.
13. Make Your Time Count
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and the same 7 days in a week. It’s what you do with yours that matters. Don’t waste your time on things you don’t care about. Don’t waste your time on people who get you down.
14. Meditate or Do Yoga
Ever since I found yoga, I can’t imagine my life without it. Yoga gives my mind something calming to focus on and let’s me “shut off” my brain once in a while. Meditation and yoga give your life focus when everything else seems hectic. I never though I’d be able to do yoga given that my brain works 100 mph but it works for me. Maybe it will work for you.
15. Try a New Environment
I do most of my work at my desk in my home office but sometimes I need a break from my regular surroundings. This is when I go and work in the living room or at the coffee shop down the street. That small change in environment is just what I need to get re-motivated sometimes.
16. Find an Accountability Partner
Having an accountability partner to check in with every few days or on a weekly basis is another great way to keep yourself motivated when you are feeling lazy. I hired a coach to help me create my course, and it was the best investment I’ve made. Without him, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have accomplished it at all. Ideally, you should find someone who has similar goals as you do so you can keep each other on track. Start your own mastermind group or running club. Help others while you help yourself.
17. Create a Plan
A great habit I picked up from a motivational book I read a few years ago is to plan out the top 5-6 more important things you need to do tomorrow before you quit working today. This ensures that when you wake up tomorrow you’ll know right away where to get started.
How do you pep yourself up when you’re feeling lazy?