Motivation can be hard to find. Are you having trouble focusing at work, or can't quite find the drive to finish a big project? Maybe it's Friday morning, your to-do list is a mile long, and you're coming off of a long, busy week. We've all been there. Some days, it feels like you just can't quite get anything done. You procrastinate, all the while trying to find something to put you back on track.
If you're feeling uninspired, take a breath and follow these few tips we've outlined below to help you find the discipline you've been lacking. Before you know it, you'll be back up and running!
Create small, achievable goals
A lack of motivation can often stem from a big, daunting task staring you in the face. It's hard to imagine finishing a project when you don't even know how best to dive in. To combat this, create small, achievable goals that will aid in the project on the whole. Organize your project by breaking it down into bite-sized tasks that are easy for you to accomplish. We think Nelson Wang's donut hole analogy below is right on target!
"There’s a reason donut holes are so lovable. They’re easy to eat. Before you know it, you’ve eaten a dozen of them. This is how goals should be too. Of course you should have a really big, audacious goal. But make sure you break down that goal into bite-sized, consumable goals. This way you’ll feel like you’re making progress in your journey and you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete the smaller goals. A feeling of progress and achievement is a beautiful combination." -Nelson Wang
Take a walk
Sometimes staring at a computer can cause you to go cross-eyed, forget what you were doing, and procrastinate. Instead of forcing yourself through your projects, hit the restart button. A Stanford survey found that walking not only improves creativity, but increases productivity. The next time you feel weighed down by your work, log off, stand up, and take a walk. By refreshing your settings, you'll refresh your mind, find the drive you were lacking, and ultimately be motivated to get things done.
Incentivizing yourself can be an effective tactic for getting things done. If you are having trouble finishing up a task and procrastinating more than working, bribe yourself! Set a goal, like completing a few items on your to-do list by the end of the day, and then reward yourself with something you love for getting it done. Make sure your reward is something you really want and can actually provide. Maybe it's a glass of wine at happy hour, a few scoops of your favorite ice cream, or purchasing that new item of clothing you've been eyeing. Get your work done, and you'll get what you want.