7 ways to find motivation

Ever had one of those days where you just couldn’t be bothered doing anything but eating M&Ms on the couch and watching your favourite TV show? You’re only human. It can sometimes be really hard to get up and get moving even when there’s a bunch of really important things we have to get done. Have a look at these tips to help you to get motivated.

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Nothing is more motivational than the light at the end of the tunnel.

1. Focus on the positives. 

If there is something really tedious and boring that you have to get done, try to redirect your attention to the silver lining of the situation. For example, if you have to clean the house, instead of thinking about how boring and tedious it is, you could try thinking about the fact that you won’t have to do any cleaning for another week. Not to mention your house will be sparkly and smell nice. 

2. Write lists. 

To-do lists are great. Writing all the important stuff down with a little, empty box next to it will motivate you to tick stuff off. It will also help you to manage your time more efficiently as you can see everything that you have to get done right in front of you. 

3. Start with the important stuff.

If you are able to figure out what’s urgent and what isn’t, you will be able to cross some things off your list and focus your attention on a select few things. You’ll be more motivated to get stuff done if you aren’t completely overwhelmed by an enormous list of millions of things you have to get done. 

4. Listen to music.

Fact: music makes everything fun. OK, so it hasn’t been “proven” but it sure as hell helps turn a boring situation into a less boring one. If you’ve got stuff to do, pop your favourite tunes on and sing along as you do it.

5. Reward yourself.

Nothing is more motivational than the light at the end of the tunnel. If the end result isn’t reward enough, promise yourself a reward for completing whatever task it is that you have to get done. It might be a night out with your friends, a trip to the ice creamery or playing that new video game.

6. Balance fun with responsibilities.

If it’s all work and no play, you’re more likely to burn out and become completely unproductive. Try to find a balance between your responsibilities and relaxation time so that you’re having regular breaks and you always have something to look forward to.

7. Find inspiration.

For some of the bigger tasks, like chasing your professional goals, it can help to look at other people who have succeeded at what is it that you want to do. By looking at others, you can learn from them and use them as inspiration every time you feel like you’re trying to achieve the impossible. 

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Last reviewed: 12 August, 2015
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