Motivation is a constant struggle for many of us. There are so many things that we need to do every single day and usually, most of them are things that we are not exactly enthusiastic about. It could be a hard project at school, a new deadline at work or it could be a household chore that we don’t like doing. But even though we know that it is something we need to do it just seems so daunting because we can’t bring ourselves to do it either because we think it’s too hard or we’re bored with it.
Here are some life tips that can help you keep yourself constantly motivated in school, at work or at home:
Life tip # 1: Assess why you’re doing what you’re doing
There’s always a reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. Remove yourself from the ‘victim’ mentality of doing something because you should be doing it. There’s always a good reason behind each task we perform – it could be make you get noticed at your job, to keep your children happy, to achieve success, among other things. Use these true reasons to help fuel your enthusiasm and motivate you to do your task and do it well.
Life tip # 2: Identify your fears as well
You have good reasons for doing your job or the task at hand, but you will also have accompanying fears or reservations that prevent you from doing your task. It could be a fear of failure, a feeling that you may not know enough to do your job, or a wariness of what people will think about your accomplished task. Identify what these fears are and learn to face it.
Life tip # 3: Go do it
Having assessed the reason you’re doing the task and identifying any fears that you may have attached to that particular task, it is time to do it. Do not hesitate to jump right into it. You need that burst of inertia to go over that initial bump. Doing the task is going to be beneficial not just because you’ve already taken the first step towards accomplishing your goal. Actually doing the task is also going to change your perspective about what you’re doing. Once you see that you are actually doing your work and making progress, it will further encourage you to do more so that you can cross that imaginary finish line.
Taking that first step may be hard but you can do some exercise that will help you. For example, if you’re doing something that will involve some research, you can do the research part first by going to the internet. You can also begin by listing down all of the things that are needed to complete the task. Scheduling your tasks into more manageable periods will also be a good first step. Another good step would be to create an outline of what you need to write.
Life tip # 4: Don’t forget your reward
To give yourself an impetus to finish the task, arrange to have a reward for yourself when you finish it. Just impose the self discipline to actually just give yourself the reward when you are actually done. Don’t cheat.
If you can’t muster any motivation, you may have lost your passion and direction in life. Read our life tips on what to do when your life feels stuck. If you’re just feeling a bit sluggish, you may want a quick tip from our article on how to beat the Monday blahs.
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