Have you ever had a lot to do but no motivation to do it? I’ve been there so many times. I’ll have a lot of homework or work to do, and all I want to do is lie in bed.
Everything in this blog post will be things that you can do when you don’t have motivation. These are some things that I’ve done that have helped me get my *shit* together when I just want to do nothing. I am going to use 2 examples for the purpose of this post, but these tips can apply to anything! The 2 example I am going to use is homework (for those in school) and working out.
You think I forgot about you? Never. To my dear friend Mitch, I left you a message within this blog post. Have fun finding it 🙂
Tips to increase motivation
1. Make a to-do list / schedule
When we feel like we have no motivation, it is sometimes because we have so much to do and we become overwhelmed. In order to get your tasks and to-do’s in order, the first thing you should do is create a list or a schedule to organize everything. Create an action plan of how you want to tackle all of your tasks.
2. In case you have made your to-do list and it is incredibly long and complex, break it down.
Break down your larger tasks into smaller ones. You can also create sections on your list based on things you have to do. For example, if you have homework for 3 classes and work for a club, separate those. In order to show you what I mean, I have created an example of what your broken-down list can look like. Breaking tasks down cane make everything more manageable.
3. The next step that you should be taking is to reward yourself. Rewarding yourself is a great motivational tactic.
When you complete a task, you can give yourself a small reward and then tackle the next one. For example, if you have 4 homework assignments due, give yourself a small reward after each one such as a snack break, watch 1 Youtube video, etc. Then after you are rewarded, continue that process until you’re finished with all your work. This way, you will be more motivated to finish because you know there are rewards at the end.
4. Change up your work space.
Changing the place where you work can help you stay motivated and focused. Sitting in one space and staring at the same things around you can be draining and boring. If you can, get up and go to a new place to work. If you always work in your bedroom, try working in the kitchen or the living room. A change of pace can be nice to reset your mind.
5. Have a tracker to track your progress.
In the example of doing homework, you can track your progress on your assignments through the to-do list you created or a schedule. If you have little motivation to workout, track your progress and write down every time to work out or do some physical activity. Then you can see how far along you’ve come and how close you are to your goal.
6. Make your work fun.
Sure, homework can be incredibly boring and tedious, but find ways to make it fun. If you find that you can work around others, create a study group with your friends. If you are finding you have no motivation to workout, make it a fun little competition for yourself.
7. If you can work with music, put on some motivational and inspirational music.
Going off of the last point, music can also make what you’re doing more enjoyable. It is important to find a playlist that doesn’t get you distracted, and is more like background noise. I like to listen to a playlist on Spotify called “Mountain Vibes” while I am going some of my easier homework. In terms of working out, music can really get you pumped, excited, and work harder, so make sure you choose something upbeat that you love.
8. Set a schedule.
Let’s say you want to work out more, but you have little actual motivation to do so. One thing that you can do for yourself is set a schedule. Pick 3 days a week you want to work out and stick with it. This will keep you more motivated because you know exactly when you want to work out so it doesn’t come to you as a surprise. Then once you get used to a schedule, you can adjust it as you see fit.
9. So my next tip to make sure you have the energy before you do anything.
It is impossible to do really good work or work out when you are tired or hungry. Make sure that before you do anything, you are prepared to do stuff. This means getting enough sleep and eating well.
10. Understand that an unproductive day won’t be the end of the world.
Sometimes you just need a day of (or a couple of hours off) to be unproductive and relax. If you feel like you need a break, take one. Only you can be the judge of that. If you are overwhelmed and you feel like in the moment you can’t get something done, write a list of things you need to do, and tackle it tomorrow. A couple hours or a day to relax can help your mindset, decrease your stress, and make you more productive when you actually start to work.
And that wraps up today’s blog post! Motivation can be really hard to attain when your mindset and your body isn’t working with you. In this blog post, I shared some of my best tips on how to get stuff done when you have NO motivation. These are simple things that you can do in order to start having a more productive day.
If you found the message I left for my friend Mitch, let me know on Instagram (@infinitebeauty7) and I’ll give you a shout out! Mitch, I hope you found it, thanks for playing 🙂
Totetally Legal (Tina) says
Wow! These are really helpful tips. Thanks for sharing these and I’m sure it’ll work for most as it worked well with you.
Actually, this post of yours reminds me that I also did a similar article, which is intended for law students. If you have the spare time, perhaps, you may want to check it out as well:
Thank you so much! I am so glad you loved these tips. I will definitely check out your article!