No matter who you are , what you do , we all lose motivation on and off sometimes. We feel so vulnerable and exhausted to move our feet and not feel like doing anything. Especially with the current quarantine routine there is sometimes fatigue and working from home may be firing some procrastination at times. Even most successful and highly effective people go through low motivation days , which is called the 'down' time. But yet they gather themselves up and recharge to work towards their goals.
Today let us see how in our best of the abilities can we help ourselves to feel charged on a low motivation day at home or at work.
1. Remember - There is no need to rush.
Every time you feel like there is so much to do yet you do not have enough motivation to get it done in time , you should not rush. It is like speeding on an empty fuel tank , it will get you no where. Stop for a moment and remember you do not have to rush. Sometimes the speed does not matter , your poise does.
2. Start Small & Take Breaks.
You have 24 hours in a day , except when you sleep , the time is all yours and all you need to remember is there is time and there is only enough time. You can divide your work into very minute steps , set a timer for 10 minutes and strictly finish that step in 10 minutes. Take a break for 20 minutes , get back and finish another in 10. Make this a routine until your task is completely done. The fact that you have to work only for 10 minutes itself is a motivation and you will start to increase your pace slowly , and finish large chunks of work. By the end of it , you will only remember how less is left and you will finish up faster , because you have already started to feel content about the amount of work finished. It is just a mind game.
3. If your task is overwhelming..
Sometimes the task might seem overwhelming and cease your brain from functioning or taking any action. This is like an emotional paralysis where one feels like he/she cannot get through or cope up with the circumstances. Some people say "Start some where". If you ask me that is one of the worst advises.
Try to do a virtual autopsy of your task/goal. Identify its parts, its legs , hands , feet , brain and heart. Identify your first chunk to start with , that chunk which will help you smoothly navigate through the rest of the parts. Idealize a strict timeline , but first concentrate only on getting one thing at a time done.
4. Disbelief in Yourselves...
During this low motivation or down time , you might get into a certain disbelief with yourselves. Whenever you feel like you cannot get through or finish a particular task or thing , remind yourselves of the history about how many times you said this to yourself and yet excelled in finishing up the task in time. This will dissolve your apprehension about any self worth and your capability. At the end of the day you can do it , given you want to do it.
5. Fear that is holding you back...
And there will be times where it is just your fear that you cannot accomplish a certain thing/task must be holding you back and deep down you are afraid to fail or embarrass yourself. Always remember - only if you try you will either fail or succeed and there will be a closure. You will inevitably fail if you do not try. If you are afraid of something , do it first and get done with it. That is the best way to beat the fear.
If you guys ever had a low motivation day , hope today's blog-post is helpful in someway to boost up your motivation.... I will see you guys with another blog-post soon.
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This is Shrithi, founder of The Chic Iconic. I am a minimalist , aesthetic and a positivist by nature. Along side I am an optimist , I transfigure my ideas, thoughts and tips into beautiful fairy tale moments and blog posts.