Ten Exercises To Boost Your Motivation
We have all been there at one time or another. Some of us, more than others. You know the feeling. You wake up, all energized thinking about all the things you are going to accomplish today. You are on fire!! Your to do list sits in front of you with your morning coffee. Oh yes, today is going to be a day of accomplishments. Then one cup leads to two. The kids need dressing and breakfast. Your focus shifts. The to do list gets lost under the school books. Life takes over. When you finally get some time to yourself your drive is gone. You no longer feel like doing any of the tasks you had laid out. You just don’t feel like doing anything. The list seems insurmountable.
Motivation is vague. Sometimes only in short bursts. First and foremost, discipline and habit should be developed as key drivers of productivity. Or, we can take steps to create motivation.
Creating motivation needs an active approach.
If your are in a slump, don’t wait for it to come on its own. It won’t. You need to make a conscious choice to get moving, As well as keeping daily focus on your long term goals. There are certain habits and exercises we can implement when at a low point instead of turning to distractions and underestimating our power to get things done.
Work On A Task For Two Minutes
When the motivation just isn’t there, getting started is by far the hardest part of a task, in particular when you expect it to be difficult.
If you find yourself doing anything and everything except what is on your to do list. Take a step back and work on one thing in your to do list for two minutes. It won’t seem so daunting if you only promise two minutes. But I am willing to bet, after the two minutes have elapsed, you are likely to find yourself spending more time on it, regardless of where your motivation may have been at the start.
Beisdes the impact it has on your physical health, the benefits of exercise have a clear psychological dimension. This explains why many people use the gym or other forms of sport as a form of therapy. First and foremost, exercise pushes oxygen up to your brain and releases endorphins, eliminating both physical and mental stress, leaving you energised, attentive, and – you guessed it – more motivated immediately after. Furthermore, exercise, by taking you to your physical limits, reinforces mental toughness and boosts self-confidence at a time when doubt may be at its peak.Creating motivation needs an active approach. If your are in a slump, don’t wait for it to come on its own. It won't. You need to make a conscious choice to get moving. Click To Tweet
Therefore, if you find yourself procrastinating and slogging through your tasks to no avail, or in a slump after a long day at school/university/work, incorporate around 30-60 minutes of exercise into your routine. Pick whatever suits your preferences, whether that’s weightlifting, yoga, running, a group class at your local leisure centre, or a team sport. You will reap the benefits in the form of mental sharpness and an improved mood both in the short term and, if you make exercise a habit, for the rest of your life.
Determine exactly why your motivation is lacking. What are the reasons these tasks seem daunting?
Write them down. Examples could be.
The length of your to-do list is too overwhelming
The tasks are too boring and mundane
Your goals are too vague
Identifying these causes can lead to solutions because mending a problem makes the task seem easier. How is your mindset defeating your goals.
Write A Gratitude List
Finding time in our busy lives to practice gratitude forms a reminder of the positive things in our lives which day-to-day routines or low motivation make harder to see.
Gratitude is an incredibly uncomplicated yet powerful tool. Write a list of things you are grateful for, making it as extensive or as brief as you would like. The items on a gratitude list can cover anything which is meaningful to you. i mean anything. you can find a gratitude list and a more in depth workbook below to help.
Make A Vision Board
Put together a collection of images and quotes that encompass your ideal workflow, results and overall future. Some people like to create physical vision boards by printing off pictures and blocks of text, turning them into a collage. This can be a messy time consuming chore. Plus it can be hard to find the quotes and pictures that you need and want.
I prefer an online version that lets me change up or start over on a new vision board whenever the mood hits me. Click the picture below for an online website to create your own.
Write Out Your Declarations
If you don’t have time to create vision board, quickly write down your favorite quotes. It is a feel good exercise. I love quotes. There are so many great ones our there!! After you have written down your favorite quotes, I am sure you will feel charged up. So now, write down exactly why being productive is important to you and what pushing through this setback will amount to in the long run. Turn positive thoughts into action. I’d recommend handwriting, because putting pen to paper reinforces the quotes and declarations in your mind.
Ask For Help
This is one of the most important exercises. Find the people who can, and will support you achieve your goals. If someone says no, ask somebody else. When someone ignores your request or tells you no, move on. Don’t take it personally. Keep asking until you get what you want. You need to be surrounded with people who are supporting you! “We are the average the five people we spend the most time with” Jim Rohn
Keep A Success Journal.
You will find if you have been reading my blog for a while. I am big into writing things down. I will say it again! You need to write it down!!! Buy a pretty book to keep your thoughts in. Each evening write down one small success you had that day. Small goals accomplished are still accomplished. It sets the mind. This one step will help motivate you everyday. Read it in the morning when you get up. Let the sense of accomplishment from yesterday start your today.Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Click To Tweet
Eat The Frog First
Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.
That is the one you need to start with. Get it done and out of the way. The rest will seem so much easier!!!
Find 3 Reasons To Enjoy The Tasks Ahead Of You
So yes, not every item on your to-do list will bring you happiness. Regardless of what the task in question may be, if the prospect of it demotivates you and causes procrastination, try to find at least three reasons for pursuing it with the same energy as you would anything else. Is the outcome worth the process? Does the challenge in itself intrigue you? Does the task present you with an opportunity to help other people? Changing your perspective is often the first step to regaining or bringing about a drive to get something done.
There you have it. 10 Exercises that will help you stay motivated and on task. Sometimes our drive needs a little push. It is totally normal. There will be times when, for a any number of reasons, your get up and go……just got up and left. When this happens, shake it off. You can make changes and take steps, regardless of how simple, to restore motivation.
Let me know in the comments: what do you do when your motivation lapses? What do you think is the best way to find it in everyday life?
Loving life one day at a time!