Do you ever feel like you’ve just hit a brick wall when it comes to getting things done? It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, it’s difficult to get over the slump once you’re there. However, today I’m focusing on how to jump start motivation to get back on track.
Set A Deadline
When you’re overwhelmed and tired, especially if you’ve been working on a major project, it’s easy to lose motivation. It’s okay to get a little lazy from time to time. In fact, it’s healthy to take a break on occasion.
However, with those breaks, it’s important to set a deadline for yourself on how long to be lazy. Setting a firm deadline for yourself is important to staying motivated and on task. Be clear in setting your goals. For instance, allow yourself a 1/2 day off after major project is completed. This will give you an opportunity to enjoy a little downtime, refocus your effort, and get in the right mindset to start your next project.
Basically, get your behind up and start being active. Laziness and inactivity are definitely links in the same chain. Making yourself exercise, even if it’s a little walk around your building, can make a difference. Unfortunately, coach potatoes are not known for their exemplary productivity.
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Find A Personal Mantra
Whenever I start to get stressed, I hear voices. Well, not exactly multiple voices. Just one, really. My mom is my sanity when it comes to stressful moments. Each time I feel like things are out of control, I hear her voice telling me, “Just remember, it’s only temporary.” Another mantra I have is from one of my favorite podcasts (the great gals at Being Boss). It’s simply “do the work.” Basically, to get to the good stuff, no matter what that may be, you have to put in the time, effort, and energy to get your work done first.
As new-agey as it sounds, having a little personal motivator can help you to remember your goals. Keep your mantra simple and find one that appeals to you. A few examples include:
- “Stay focused and never give up.”
- “I can and I will.”
- “Nothing worth having comes easily.”
- “Do it now, before ‘later’ becomes ‘never.'”
If you read yesterday’s blog on productivity, you know I’m a list-maker. I’m also a huge fan of reminders. It’s important to schedule little notes to yourself throughout the day. Whether you’re reminding yourself to take a five minute break away from your desk or to call a potential client, having that little extra *PING* can help you stay on track.
Are you feeling like you can do anything yet? I am! Pushing yourself is not only beneficial to building self-worth. It can definitely increase your effectiveness in a profession setting, too.