16 Simple Motivation Tips to Get More Done
“JUST 5 MINUTES”
5 minutes of focus is usually enough to break through your apathy, & before you know it, an hour has passed & you’re done (or have made good progress).
USE YOUR BODY TO TRICK YOUR BRAIN
Stop slouching & get moving! Smile, laugh, walk around the office. Adjusting your physiology changes your brain & helps you focus.
CHASE THE “FLOW”
You’re in the zone: brain humming & fingers flying. The trick to getting there? Finding the “sweet spot” where task difficulty & your skills meet at a high point. Don’t put off a challenging task — use it to get in the flow & kick some butt.
PLAN TOMORROW TONIGHT
Creating a short list of simple to-dos tonight means hitting the ground running tomorrow, and that early momentum will carry you through the rest of your day.
GET THE RIGHT TOOLS
Work tools that frustrate or overwhelm you slow you down and put you in a bad mood. Guaranteed procrastination. Find a tool that actually makes your job easier, instead of giving you a headache.
USE INSPIRING QUOTES
Those cheesy motivational posters exist for a reason! Tack up some inspiration from a person you admire on your wall to give yourself a kick in the pants.
Playing your favorite music can block distractions, lift your spirits, & put you in a good mood. Sometimes the best way to stop slacking is to pump yourself up & work to a beat.
DON’T BE A PERFECTIONIST
Impossible standards = guaranteed stress & procrastination. It’s easier to improve what you have than conjure perfection out of thin air, so stop psyching yourself out & just get started!
REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR GOALS
What are you working towards? Set your desktop background with a photo of your family, dream vacation spot, diploma with your name on it — whatever it is you’re working to achieve.
TURN TO TED TALKS
Learn exactly what’s going on in your brain when it comes to motivation so you can take back control. Try Dan Pink’s “The Puzzle of Motivation” or Tony Robbins’ “Why We Do What We Do.”
Sharing your talents not only benefits others, it shows you what you’re capable of. Feeling confident & seeing the impact you can make are powerful motivators!
DON’T FORCE IT
Motivation only lasts for so long. Once you’re tapped out, take a nap, a walk, or an ice cream break. Let your subconscious work on the problem while you recharge.
RETHINK YOUR PROCESS
Sometimes motivation isn’t the problem. If you always dread a specific task or get stuck on the same step, ask yourself: do you really have to do it that way?
PICTURE YOURSELF SUCCEEDING
Think about a recent win or a similar task with great results. You’ll get a rush of dopamine, a brain chemical strongly associated with motivation.
GET A PEP TALK
Odds are you’ve seen the famous “Kid President” video, but do yourself a favor & re-watch. Bookmark it for when you need an extra boost, or browse similar motivational videos on YouTube.
CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
At the end of each day, review what you accomplished & pat yourself on the back. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by what you still have to do, but seeing how far you’ve come can keep you from getting overwhelmed & shutting down.