HOW TO GET UNSTUCK WHEN YOU FEEL UNMOTIVATED
Have you ever had one of those days where you just can’t bring yourself to do anything. Like you know you need to get up, but you physically and mentally cannot do it? You are not alone, and I am sure majority of here have been this way too many times to count. I have put together a list of 12 different ways to get unstuck when you are feeling unmotivated.
If you ever are having one of those days where nothing can get you up and moving, refer back to this list and try one of these options out! You don’t have to try them all at once. With time, you will learn what works and what doesn’t and get a better feel of what you respond to.
I hope you enjoy!
Think about your future self
If you are feeling unmotivated or stuck you more than likely don’t want to feel that way for a longer period of time. When you are struggling with procrastination and motivation think about how your future self will feel when you complete those tasks that you are dreading to start.
It also helps to look back and think about times when you have overcome your lack of motivation and how you felt during those times.
Create an action plan
Contrary to popular belief, motivation does not equal action. It has been scientifically proven that motivation is the result of action. How many times have you had to either start a project or a paper and you absolutely cannot think of anything to write about? Now think about what happens after you actually start writing.
More often than not, you will start writing about or have project ideas that you didn’t even know that you had! All it takes is the little push forward to get the ball rolling.
As you are creating your action plan, I want you to think about what small action (that seems big in your head) will it take to start your project or complete your task.
Be your own coach
Sometimes you just have to give your self a pep talk to get up and moving – and there is nothing wrong with that! We all need a good pep talk every now and then, and there is no other person that knows you better than yourself!
Give yourself some encourage words of motivation to get yourself going.
Use the five second rule
I find that counting down from five out loud helps give me the little push I need to get up and moving. Remember, the hard part isn’t actually doing what you need to do. It is getting up and doing it.
Set a timer
When you are dreading getting out of your “stuck” mode, setting a timer for maybe 10 or 15 minutes might do the trick.
Sometimes, I just need to mentally prepare before I get up and do something. Setting a timer acts as a reinforcement tool. You are giving yourself an extra 10-15 minutes, after this “reward”, you tell yourself its time to get busy.
Watch someone else be productive
Watching over people be productive truly inspires me to get my life together and get moving. There are thousands of productive day in my life’s and clean with me videos out there to watch. Your favorite Youtuber might even post them!
Turn on one of these videos either before or during your task to give yourself a boost of motivation.
Turn off your electronics
Electronics can be a huge downer on your motivation levels and also provide a great distraction that keeps you from doing what you need to being doing.
By turning off your electronics, you will remove these distractions from your reach and will be more likely to stay focused on getting done what needs to be done.
Get your body moving
Sometimes all it takes is to get our blood moving to get unstuck. Head to the gym or turn on a workout video and do a quick 15-20 minute workout to get going. I wouldn’t recommend doing a full on weight training session because it can lead tiredness afterwords.
All you need to do is get your body moving and break a little sweat, and you will be good to go.
Clean and organize your space
I always find it difficult to get up and moving if my space is unorganized and not clean. What really motivates me is a good clean space that makes me want to be productive.
If you are the same way, do a little organizing and cleaning before you have to get to work. This will allow you t to put yourself in the right environment to be productive.
Whenever I feel stuck and unmotivated, I tend to deal with a little bit of anxiety due to the fact that I am stuck and motivated. I look back and kind of laugh of myself. I make myself worse and spend more energy wallowing in the fact that I am unmotivated. Instead, I could just get up and doing something about it.
Your version of meditation can be anything that you want it to be. You can write in a journal, pray, or even just close your eyes and sit. The idea of meditation is to promote stillness so that you will be able to center your mind and thoughts and bring yourself to a state of peace.
Try something new
Sometimes getting yourself out of your normal routine and trying something different is all your brain needs for a boost of motivation.
Routines get boring, and I’m the type of person who lives by routine. When I have to change my routine, I am not too happy about it. But, there is nothing wrong with change and we should all embrace change.
Now, don’t get scared on me here. You don’t have to do anything drastic. A change in routine can simply mean possibly changing the order that you do things everyday. If you are feeling bold, change what you do and how you do it.
The possibilities are endless. And you know what? It’s YOUR routine so YOU have full control and change whatever you want to change, when you want to change it.
Show yourself some love
I am the type of person that beats myself up about feeling unmotivated. I am trying to learn that it is not the end of the world if I am unmotivated 10% of the time but extremely motivated the 90%. Sometimes a little self care is all you need to get yourself up and moving and ready for your tasks ahead.