I think one of the hardest things in life that you can overcome is feeling like you don’t want to do the things you have to. Going to work, paying the bills, cleaning the house, what ever it is that’s on your list on a daily basis can be very hard to look at.
Everyday I get a lot of stuff done, but I still believe that I suffer from a lack of motivation. At the end of the day, not everyone is a fan of the things that you must do in life to make it and survive, but we’ve all got to do. Chances are that the people that look like they’re nailing it and enjoying life really struggle with this too. So can we all find ways to give ourselves a little pep talk daily and just do it?
Don’t Think Of It, Schedule It
This might seem a bit counter intuitive at first. If you’re not thinking about it, then you’ll forget about it, and you’ll fall behind and feel the consequences. But you can keep this on your agenda without it wasting time at the front of your brain.
Firstly, put it in a reminder. Put it somewhere that you always look at, it could be your diary, a calendar, a planner, or in my case a smartphone. I always look at my phone for work messages and other things, so when I set an alert for a job on a day and set time, I know I’m gonna look at it.
What this does is takes my mind off the stress of thinking I’ve got to do it, and puts my trust in my phone to remind me. Then, when I need to do it, it will pop up, and I make myself spend a little time completing that job.
It stops you from overthinking it as well, which could make you feel a lot worse and see it as worse than it is. It’s important to avoid this, as no matter what you do, the situation is gonna be the same, so it’s not worth stressing over.
Do It In Bite-sized Steps
So when you’re taking on any new challenge, and trying to find the motivation to keep doing it everyday, start by taking smaller and easier to manage steps first. Don’t go all in and try to complete a project that should take months in one week.
If you try to take on such a big task all in one go, you will burn yourself out. You will lack the energy to continue your project, and you might even get so bored of it that you give it up altogether. This can leave you feeling like any challenge is too difficult, and this will keep happening if you don’t take things slow.
Maybe if it’s something like studying, or starting up a side hustle for the first time, spend an hour at a time each day on it. Then give yourself the rest of the day to do something else, then come back to it for another hour.
It’s important you pace yourself out and take regular breaks to re-energize yourself. This is how you’ll find the right kind of motivation to continue on with the projects that you know you want to do, but don’t feel like doing.
When you’ve looked after yourself properly and treated yourself right, you’ll come back and make more progress than if you tried to do with no will power whatsoever.
Persist Through Difficulties
I think the hardest part of doing something that you lack the motivation for is if its a particularly difficult challenge. You will come across many issues that seem impossible to overcome throughout your life, and inevitably you’ve probably come through them all well and good.
But when things get difficult and it becomes more and more your choice whether you stay or leave it, it can be the toughest thing to face. The easy bit would be to give up on it, and just leave it as it is. You might feel better for a while, but if it’s something you can’t put off or something that you need to do for the end result, then it will bring more feeling of guilt and regret later.
So it’s pretty important that you persist and just keep going with the difficult things. At the end of the day, don’t be hard on yourself. Just review the facts, not the feelings behind, and see what it is you could really improve the next time round.
And don’t be afraid to ask for advice from superiors or those around you. They will be willing to help you if they know this is going to benefit them too, because once you really know what you’re doing, it will be one less job for them, and one person they’ve educated better. Even if you are afraid to ask, take that risk and do it for your benefit, because you have every right to succeed.
Do It Now Not Later
At the end of the day, there are just some jobs that can’t be put off. No matter how long you try to put it off because you just don’t want to do it, you will have to do it anyway.
And the more you put off all your little jobs, the more they will mount up, until you have one big job to sort through and deal with. That’s a lot worse to deal with than spending a little bit of time of something you need to do over a few months.
The same goes for something that you want to do, but feel too afraid to do. The more you put it off and don’t make a start on it, the later it will be until it realizes its potential. That is not to say that your dream will never happen, but just think about today. The day to start that idea and risk that trial and error is today, no matter what.