It’s an all too familiar story. You want to achieve all these goals, but your motivation is a big fat zero.
You wake up, hit the snooze button a few times because…why not…and finally pull yourself out of bed 15 minutes later.
You go to your kitchen to make a latte to help you power through the morning or maybe you just go straight to your computer to begrudgingly get to work.
You feel zero motivation to do your best, but you gotta pay the bills so you buckle down and open your email up while groaning out loud at your inbox.
You wonder to yourself “is this what the rest of my life is going to be like”?
We all have goals. Maybe you want to kick ass at work, workout more, or learn how to dance hip hop!
In the beginning, putting in the work to meet your goal seems effortless and easy. The motivation is there. It’s why you made the goal in the first place!
Soon that motivation begins to wane though and it’s harder and harder to get yourself to put your energy to bring you closer to meeting this objective.
What’s a woman to do?
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Just do it!
Easier said than done. I know, I know!
However, a lot can be said for Newton’s First Law of Motion.
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion…
– Isaac Newton
Getting started is half the battle, but once you get started it’s much easier for you to keep going because you have momentum. You’ve already started moving closer to your goal.
If you find yourself procrastinating or stalling give yourself 5-seconds and then just get moving!
If the path ahead of you seems overwhelming try out the next two tips!
Break it up into snackable bites
Trying to tackle a whole meal’s worth of goal getting in one sitting can be overwhelming.
Stop trying to tackle everything at once and break your goal up into easy to digest snackable bites.
A handful of smaller tasks seems a lot less daunting than a big goal that seems insurmountable.
Put stakes in the ground
Putting stakes in the ground marking when you want to complete each smaller task that brings you closer to your end goal can be the difference between slaying your goals or letting them slay you.
Parkinson’s Law: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Humans will make their work fill up the time they’re given. More often than not if you have a month to write an essay you will wait until a week or even the day before it’s due to really get moving on it.
You can use this knowledge to your advantage though! By putting stakes in the ground or marking out milestones you can break down a far off deadline into a bunch of little ones that help you progress forward in a timely manner.
If we go back to the essay example, you could set your first milestone two weeks from now with the goal to have your research completed. Next, two weeks after that, you could have a milestone for the rough draft to be completed. You would continue to fill in milestone goals with the time you have allotted until the essay is due.
Not only does setting these short-term deadlines help you keep moving forward, but it also allows you to see if the time you allotted for a task may actually need to be longer in the future and adjust your current schedule to accommodate this before it’s already too late.
I’m a world-class procrastinator when it comes to longer deadlines and putting milestones or stakes in the ground has whipped my booty into action!
Know what your “why” is
It’s a lot easier to put your blood, sweat, and tears into something when you have a very clear vision of why you’re doing it. I don’t want you to just settle for some broad end goal, get crystal clear!
If you need better clarity on who you are, what you want in life, or how to get there check out my Journaling to Clarity 7-day email series. It will help you get in touch with your inner self, determine your true desires, and help you figure out how the heck you’re going to get them!
Every time you create a new goal write out exactly why you chose this goal. How is reaching this goal going to make your life better?
Next, find pictures online or cut them out from magazines that really capture why you want to achieve each of your goals. Pin them to a Pinterest board (do you follow me yet?) you look at every day, tape them to your mirror, or make a pretty vision board.
The next time you’re feeling unmotivated I want you to look at those pictures and the “why” behind your goals to remind yourself that all the energy your putting in is so worth it!
If you want more guidance on how to find your “why” check out Simon Sinek’s book Find Your Why.
Get your cardio on
When I’m in a funk sometimes the only thing that can get me out of it is getting outside for a hardcore bike ride or getting my heart pounding on the elliptical.
There’s something meditative about just focusing on pushing as hard as you can in a workout.
An endorphin rush can do wonders for your motivation and energy levels., especially if stress is one of the reasons you’re feeling about as motivated as a sack of potatoes.
I always feel more motivated and efficient after a good cardio sesh!
Shift your energy
Your energy can be one of the biggest influences on whether you choose to spend your spend constructively working towards your goal or playing video games.
Please make note that there is nothing wrong with playing video games or bingeing Outer Banks on Netflix. Making sure to have time to unwind is super important. What we’re talking about here is how to shift your energy when you’re finding it difficult to gain momentum on your to-do list on the reg.
Flip on your creativity with writing or journaling prompts. Writing for fun can help you tap into a different part of your brain that focuses simply on expressing yourself.
Raise your energetic vibrations with these 9 quick and easy tips and tricks.
Practice a breathwork routine for more energy and focus!
Get out of your own way
Self-doubt is a dream robber and if you’re human than you’ve probably had your own experience with self-doubt stopping you from making your dreams a reality.
Use these mindset shifting tools to stop your self-doubt in its tracks. Plus, a bonus worksheet to take you through the process!
By reframing how you view your self-doubt you can limit the power your thoughts have over you.
Stop wondering how other people have been able to get their dream jobs, earn money from their passions, or anything else that has you turning green with envy. They aren’t any different from you. They just don’t let that nagging voice inside of them have the last say and neither should you!
Motivation comes and goes. Depending on your motivation to help you reach your goals is a big misstep that will only lead to frustration and tears.
The key to slaying all those goals and checking off all your to-do tasks is learning how to increase your energy and shift your mindset.
What are your tips for keeping on top of your tasks and being productive when you have zero motivation?
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