We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. And it is something that keeps on showing up when you least expect it. You wish to be more productive and getting more done every single day but sometimes it’s just not happening. We all know it. It’s the lack of motivation.
Feeling unmotivated sucks! It can put a hamper on the progress you have made so far on your plans. You know you should be doing something but you just couldn’t bring yourself to do anything. You are simply lacking motivation. And it can be tough to fight it or change it if you don’t understand why it is happening, or what causes it. So down below, I offer you my points of view on this particular issue, why it happens and what can you do to avoid it or at least lessen the amount of time that we lose from having a lack of motivation.
- You Are Tired. That’s right! You have probably heard it or read it many times. Having good sleeping habits is essential to being productive. When you stay up too late you know what happens the next day. You wake up late! That means you get a late start on the day. So you play catch up on everything. But the worst part is, you will lose motivation. Why? Because your body and mind are telling you that you are tired.
- You Have No Balance In Life. I’m sure you are familiar with the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Simply put, if you keep on doing the same things over and over again, you will get bored. If you work all the time and not take some time off, you will burn out. And you know where does this lead you down to. That’s right! Lack of motivation.
- You Have No Plans. Having no plans is also like driving around in circles. If you don’t know your destination you will never get there. So if you have no plans, you have no directions, no reason to do something or keep going. In short, no plans means no motivation.
What Can You Do?
Obviously, you just have to do the opposite of the above! 😉 But I will spare you the thinking process since the act of thinking when you are lacking motivation doesn’t really help you get your motivation back sooner. I know because I’m that way! I would rather not do anything and be lazy than to exert the effort in thinking! (Lol!)
Sometimes, when we lack motivation even though we know what we’re suppose to be doing we don’t do it. Why? Because we forget. We forget why we want to do whatever it was we were doing. So once in a while all we need is just a friendly little reminder. So here are my friendly little reminders for you.
- Rest, Refresh. Put a little bit more effort in developing good sleeping habits and taking regular time off. I know it is easier said than done. And this is something I still struggle a lot. As a stay-at-home mom, I don’t really have a work schedule made that says, Saturdays and Sundays are my days off. If you are a stay-at-home mom I’m sure you understand. And honestly there are just so many things that I think I should be doing and wanted to do rather than to take a break, especially after the kids go to bed at night. But you know what? If you don’t get enough sleep or rest or time off, none of your brilliant ideas will come to life. And you already know why. You are just too tired to even think about doing anything. You are going to be lacking in motivation. So rest up! Get refreshed! Start a healthy bedtime routine, pick a time to go to bed and just do it! Sleep! And of course don’t forget to pick a day to take a break, a day off from your daily responsibilities and just have fun.
- Find Your Balance. This one is not so easy to do but that is why it is very important that you put some more effort into it. How do you even begin to find your balance? Know your priorities. Write them down so you don’t forget. Aim to do at least one thing for each of your priorities daily and do it. It’s also important that you set some time everyday to read the priorities you wrote down, ideally in the morning so you always remind yourself what’s important to you throughout the day. The more effort you put on your priorities, the higher your motivation will be because you know you are working to have a healthy balance while doing something that you enjoy.
- Have A Clear Set Of Goals And Plan of Attack. This is very important in all aspect of life. One of my favorite quotes goes, If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. And I have proven this time and time again. I have had a lot of mornings when I woke up and found myself lacking in motivation. Simply because, I didn’t take the time to write down my goals and plans. So make sure you spend some time writing down your goals and the actions you are going to take to make it happen. Pick a day in a week and do it. Start with small ones if that is all you can handle at a time or start with a bigger goal/s then break it down into little, easily achievable ones. Whatever works for you, just do it! And you will notice that, that motivation you seem to have misplaced will come back.
- Read. Or listen or watch something motivational. Sometimes when I’m running low on motivation, all I need is to read something relating to that particular thing I’m working on or need to work on. Whether it’s about working out or meal planning or homeschool planning. And most of the time, that’s all I need. And last but not the least…
- Learn To Let Go. Even just a little. What I mean is that sometimes we believe that we have taken all the necessary steps we need to get back on track yet we somehow still find ourselves lacking in motivation. It could be that we just need to let go a little. Life happens. And sometimes we just have to learn to ride it. Listen to your heart, your mind and body and take the much-needed break from time to time. Whatever you are working on at that moment will not get lost or forgotten. It will be there when you’re ready to go back to it again (just as long as you don’t take forever!). Slow down a little and you will see how your motivation will slowly come back when you have given yourself some rest.
So there you have it! We understand that we need motivation to accomplish things but once in a while life throws a curve ball on us and we just have to know how to hit it back. Slowing down usually is the key so we can hear what our mind and body are telling us. Or listen to the people around you. There’s always something that we can learn from each other.
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What about you? What do you do when you find yourself running low on motivation? I would love to hear! Please leave me a comment down below.
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