Chapter 5

How Do I Stay Motivated?

 

The first step in staying motivated is to eliminate negativity. Being optimistic, visualizing success and rewarding yourself for both big and small victories can lead you into a healthy mindset. When you need to figure out how to get motivated again after you’ve hit a roadblock, however big or small, these tips and reminders will be here to help.

 

How Do I Stay Self-Motivated?

 

One of the most essential ways to stay self-motivated is to start somewhere and keep going. Nike had the right mindset with their motto!

 

The best way to get — and stay — motivated is to do. If you’re finding it difficult to start a large task, choose something smaller you can easily complete in a few minutes. Working through the smaller assignment will give you the momentum you need to head into the more challenging task.

 

Another ingenious tip is to never underestimate the power of lists! Writing things by hand will make a lasting impression in your brain. Plus, once you write something down, you’re adapting your goal from being a “thought” to a “thing.”

 

This list-making skill will come in handy with these goals you’re creating. A goal is only a dream until you decide to act on it — but even before that, a goal is merely a thought if you haven’t given it life. By writing down your goals and daily task lists, you’re literally writing these points into existence.

 

You also can’t ignore the thrill of being able to physically cross off an item on your to-do list or a goal you’ve been keeping track of for months. Not only do lists help you visualize success, but they also allow you to see your progress!

 

How Do I Stay Motivated the Whole Day?

 

To stay motivated throughout the whole day, it may be beneficial to break your day into small blocks. Set reachable goals and tasks for a few hours at a time.

 

Consider your average workday. Are you in and out of meetings? Do you have to make phone calls to clients? Do you stay at your desk for extended periods? Does the volume in your area grow chaotically loud during some hours more than others?

 

 

Use these patterns to your advantage. Set aside specific time to get “deep work” done — the times when you have the most concentration with the least amount of distractions. Around this block, you can schedule in some minor tasks or projects that don’t require your undivided attention.

 

When you break up your day into manageable blocks, you’re also naturally building in times for breaks and reset points. Whether you use these “interruptions” for stretching, chatting or refueling, you’ll be thankful you did — and find higher levels of motivation to contribute to a productive day.

 

Let’s consider a quick example. You get into work by 8 a.m., you have a call at 9:30, a co-worker sends you a lunch invite for noon and you have an executive meeting at 3. Save the morning workflow for your most challenging, focus-driven task, and take a few moments before your call to collect your thoughts. Jump into a new task afterward, and reward yourself with a long, relaxing lunch.

 

After lunch, you might feel a bit full, so use that time to knock out some lower-priority work. Attend your meeting, and come back feeling rejuvenated and motivated from the inspiring discussion you experienced. Knock out a few more key items before wrapping up your day — it’s that easy!

 

How Do I Stay Motivated and Focused?

 

The best way to stay on task is to eliminate distractions. Electronics, crowded places, loud music — remove them. When you’re working up the motivation to get something accomplished, you need to set limits with yourself to keep your mind on track.

 

One of the best things you can do is keeping your phone away from you. Don’t set it on your desk within view — even if your display isn’t lighting up from receiving notifications, you might not be able to avoid the temptation of checking it anyway.

 

 

When you keep your phone in your coat pocket or in your bag on the floor, you’ll be less tempted to reach for it and break your focus and concentration.

 

It might also be helpful to look up some browser extensions that ensure you’re not navigating to another website. Some tools allow you to block specific websites, while others make you solve a puzzle if you try to navigate onto another page.

 

Additionally, if you find yourself eavesdropping on people’s conversations, it might be a good idea to invest in some noise-canceling headphones. Playing white noise can provide you some accompanying sounds that won’t disrupt your motivation or thought process.

 

Another critical note is to stay organized, both at work and at home. A clean environment can quickly lead to a clean mind.

 

If your work desk is covered in sticky notes, notepads and paper clips — well, it’s no wonder you haven’t been able to find motivation to stick to! Provide yourself a clean working space by only keeping the essentials on top. Place everything else into drawers or filing cabinets.

 

The same goes for your home. A messy kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom will only make you feel cramped and crowded. If you’re looking to stay motivated, you need your surroundings to be welcoming and open.

 

Have you recently experienced a setback and are wondering how to get motivated again? Start cleaning! Once you start, you most likely won’t be satisfied until you stop — and simultaneously, you’ll have sparked and reignited that motivating feeling you’ve been looking for.

 

How Do I Stay Motivated Constantly?

 

Maintaining constant motivation involves practicing a routine. There’s a reason for the popular “practice makes perfect” cliché!

 

Apply these tips and principles to your workday, and evaluate your performance at the end. Did you finish everything you set out to complete? Do you still feel energized and motivated? What worked for you and what didn’t?

 

Using these questions, tweak a few processes to make sure the effort of finding motivation comes naturally for you. Then, repeat! Try again the next day and compare your performance with the previous day.

 

 

Like we mentioned earlier, finding motivation and staying motivated requires a lot of inward reflection. Pick what works and customize the practices to fit your schedule and your needs.

 

Look, we all know there’s no such thing as overnight success. The more you actively recognize what’s stopping your motivation, as well as what’s starting it, the easier it will be for you to adjust, recenter and challenge yourself to get motivated again.

 

The biggest thing to remember here is don’t feel defeated, and never beat yourself up. We all have days when the ball stops rolling and life just seems to have it out for us. And that is OK.

 

 

The best thing to do is close your eyes, take a deep breath, think of one solid thing you’d like to accomplish — and then go after it. Setbacks are normal, and it might do you some good to expect one every now and again.

 

You can draw some motivation from external factors, but a lot of it comes from within. When you can’t figure out how to dive back in where you left off, return to this guide and restart the process! It doesn’t take much time at all, and you’ll likely discover new goals and inspirations you haven’t yet tapped into.

 

Let’s recap! You’ve learned what motivation is, why you might be lacking it, what could be causing your lack of motivation, how you can find motivation in your life and how to continually stay motivated.

 

The next step in your ongoing path to get motivated again is to create a habit and challenge yourself each day. Note that it’s normal to have a day of regrouping to mentally take a break! But re-committing multiple times throughout the day to focus on your goals and get closer every day is a great starting point for your newly motivated life.

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