Lack of motivation is a common issue that everyone faces at some point in their daily lives. Tasks can be put off with the eternal promise of tomorrow that never actually dawns. So, what should you do if you’re either stuck in a rut or have an important deadline that you cannot miss? Read on to find out.
Firstly, make a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish. Daily lists can take up unnecessary time, and monthly lists can seem enormous, so the recommendation is to stick to a list per week once you have the routine in place. Order the tasks in terms of priority, with the most pressing at the top and the least important at the bottom. Feel free to add to it when new tasks crop up or anything unexpected occurs, and stick it somewhere visible.
Begin with the first task listed at the top. If it is a task that requires you to sit down and use your brain such as an assignment, then another tip is to do a light amount of exercise. This will encourage blood flow, get your energy up, and help you to feel less fidgety when sitting at your desk. Be careful not to overdo it, as you don’t want to tire yourself out.
If your task is something that requires movement such as an errand, change your clothes or hairstyle, or put on makeup to motivate yourself to go outside. If you feel you look good, it boosts your confidence and pushes you to go out and ‘show off to the world. Subtle, quick changes to your appearance take up only a few minutes, and the benefits are well worth the effort.
Music is another great motivator when completing a task. Music streaming platforms often have premade motivation playlists that you can access, or you can create your own with songs that hype you up and get you energized for the day ahead. Some people may prefer listening to ASMR or podcasts for soothing background noise that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.
Once you have the list completed, you can either keep it, bin/recycle it, delete it, or wipe it away (depending on the method used to make the list) and begin a new list for the next week. Being able to cross items off the list as you go is satisfying and gives you a real sense of accomplishment.
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