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Right. So I’ve got a confession to make. Lately, I’ve been feeling super unmotivated and lifeless. Any hint of motivation or excitement is instantly zapped away by my anxieties and the endless supply of self-doubt it comes with. Doing anything – ANYTHING – has been so difficult; it’s like trying to climb Mt Everest every morning. So what do you do when you aren’t feeling all that bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and it all seems so futile? Here’s How to Get Things Done When You Are Feeling Unmotivated.
1- Clear Your Head
Think about what is keeping you from moving forward. Tune in to what your thoughts are telling yourself. Everything we do (or don’t do) in this life is driven by only two things: LOVE or FEAR – every decision and choice we make stems from these two emotions. It is because of this that it is SO important to know what your fears are, or at least to identify them; because when you know what your fears are – you can work around them
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2- Get Out of Bed and Take a Shower
Water is known to have many healing elements. Whenever I feel like I’m unmotivated or feel like depression is not far away, I get in the shower and let the water wash away all my doubts. It’s doesn’t wash it all away… but it does make me feel better.
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3- Get Dressed
I don’t mean put on your Sunday best or anything like that. All I’m saying is get out of your PJ’s and yoga pants. Think about getting dressed as making your bed. If you’re making your bed up every morning… should you make yourself up too? It’s so tempting to stay in them all day. Of course it is! They’re super comfy. But here’s the thing – that comfort is costing you and making you lazier than you need to be.
4- Show Up
I don’t know about you, but I have failed to show up many times. Sometimes, I feel so overwhelmed and anxious about being present anywhere, that I simply end up not going. Go get that coffee you’ve been putting off with your friend who’s been patiently waiting for you. Dive in and join that Book Club that you’ve been wanting to join for so long. Go and try that Belly Dance class you’ve been secretly wanting to try. Whatever it is – go and show up.
5- Change Your Environment
This is a difficult one for me. I work from home, and truth be told, I’d much rather work from home all day long, than go out and see someone I will be forced to talk to. While working from home works for my anxieties – it doesn’t teach me how to get over it. So at least once a week (I’m taking baby steps here)… I go and change my environment. Today for example, I took my laptop and parked my butt in the library. I didn’t talk to anyone BUT… I made the bed, get dressed, showed up, and changed my environment. Fair to say – I achieved more today than I did yesterday.
6- Get Off Social Media
I have a love-hate relationship with social media. I really do. And I think that many of you may even feel the same way. As an Introvert, Social Media is a great tool. I love being able to see what everyone is up to and being able to chat with people I don’t want to see or speak to in person. But my oh my, it can eat up so much of your precious time. How many hours a day do you spend on social media? Can it. Or at least, temper it. Confession: I’ve even gone as far to say that I’m on my darned little phone for research purposes!
7- Make a List
I love making lists because it helps to keep me on track and accountable. I’ll admit though that there have been many times when I’ve put so much on my to-do list that I immediately felt overwhelmed and ended up not doing anything on it! So be realistic when you’re making your list. Start simple and make your way up.
8- Remember Your Why
There are many reasons that we do the things we do and sometimes it’s easy to forget why we do them. So if you’re feeling unmotivated and can’t be arsed – try and remember your WHY. Will doing this one thing take you a step closer to your goal?
9- Envision your goal
Never lose sight of your goal. As with remembering your why – keep your goal top of mind. Envision what that looks like and keep at it.
10- Love yourself
Lastly… love yourself. There are days when we just can’t do it – and that’s okay. You can pick up and try again tomorrow.
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Go Further: Resources for You
- How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything so They Can Achieve Anything
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- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life