1.Don’t be too hard on yourself : Everyone falls short sometimes. If you fail to meet your goals for the week, take it as a lesson. Try to complete your next target before time, so that you can use the saved time to complete the pending work. This way you stay right on schedule even if you have taken a hit. It’s not always about how hard you hit, but how well you can take a hard hit and keep moving on. Don’t dwell on failure; just accept it as a human occurrence, and continue working towards your goals.
2.Watch and read motivational stories or speeches : Everyone deserves a great pep talk every once in a while. Stay elevated by watching YouTube videos of inspirational moments so you can suddenly feel a new sense of motivation to keep striving. Here are just a few example of easily-found inspirational media:
- Mary Schmich’s famous “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” speech.
- Almost any sports movie.
- Much rap music – “rags to riches” is a common lyrical theme.
- Historical stories of bravery or courage.
3.Eliminate your distractions : Identify anything that’s causing you to procrastinate, then get rid of it. Sell it or put it in a storage locker. Move away from it. Throw it away. You can’t become motivated if you’re squandering all of your time.
- If you’re spending too much time aimlessly browsing the internet, install a “productivity” extension in your browser. These free extensions allow you to block certain sites and/or set time limits for recreational browsing.
4.Raise the stakes for yourself : Hold yourself accountable in your own eyes and the eyes of others. Set personal penalties for yourself if you don’t act – throw out some delicious cookies you’ve been saving or make a donation to charity. Tell your friends and family about things you plan on doing. If you don’t do these things, they’ll know, and you’ll be embarrassed – now you have a great reason to get started!
5.Move your body : Go for a short run, do some jumping jacks, or shadowbox. Even light physical exercise can affect our moods, making us feel more active and dynamic. Exercise has even been shown to thwart depression and low self-image – both hurdles to personal motivation efforts.
6.Break your task into manageable pieces : If you’re having serious motivation problems, breaking one large task into many small tasks can make it much easier to approach psychologically. Because we get a feeling of accomplishment from completing each step of the task, this trick can increase motivation substantially. Sometimes, all that’s needed to gain the momentum to tackle the whole project is to complete the first simple step.
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