Maybe you’ve been in this scenario: You get an idea for a project, and you’re super pumped. But the next day, that energy is gone. Unfortunately motivation doesn’t last forever, and this can cause you to lose your drive to go through with something you loved just a little while ago. That’s why it’s important to build up your motivation on a daily basis. Think of your motivation as a battery – every battery will be empty at some point and needs to be recharged. You can be at 100% one day, and the next you’re only at 2% – about to shut down. Here’s what you can do to avoid that.
1. Listen to your body
No one knows you better than your own body. It gives you signals all the time – all you have to do is pay attention. Mental exhaustion often has physical signs that come with it. Being tired, in a bad mood, having a headache or getting a cold for no reason are some of them. Your body is where you house your motivation, and you need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Your mind won’t work to its full potential when your body is in need of renovations.
2. Take breaks when needed
Now that you know how to listen to your body, take breaks when you feel yourself losing energy – or take them every 60 to 90 minutes. Very few people can work hour after hour and keep the same level of concentration, creativity or drive. Taking a few minutes off when you’re feeling drained or things aren’t going the way you want them to will improve your motivation rather than hinder it.
3. Set small goals
Say you have this idea and you’re willing to do anything to make it work – but it just seems impossible to do. It’s important to have a larger picture in mind, but this can make things overwhelming and hold you back from making a move. Break down the steps to make your dream more achievable. Set little goals daily, weekly or monthly and schedule them into your day. Things won’t always go as planned, but with an outline you’ll feel a lot more organized and in turn motivated.
5. Play your favourite tunes
Music can change your entire mood – whether it’s alternative or electronic. Whatever your taste in tunes, find something that gets you feeling inspired and you’ll already be halfway to accomplishing your project. Take time to listen to your favourite songs when you wake up to energize you, when you’re relaxing to soothe you or when you’re working to keep you motivated.
6. Exercise regularly
Recharging isn’t just about relaxing. Getting your blood pumping is not only great for energizing you to finish your work, but it’s essential for taking care of your body. When your body feels good, so does your mind. Find a form of exercise that you love to do and do it regularly – such as walking, running, swimming or yoga. Take a weekly class or workout at the gym with a friend to stay motivated.
What are some things you use to stay motivated? Let other readers know in the comments below!