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Lockdown left us feeling super unproductive – so here’s how to get back on track (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
We know it’s been hard for some of you to stay motivated with your goals during lockdown.
Whether these are health and fitness or personal goals, a change in routine can throw you off balance and you might feel deflated if you aren’t accomplishing as much as you’d like.
Here are some tips to help you keep your mojo and get stuff done.
Approach tasks in new ways
Sometimes we just need to look at things with fresh eyes instead of doing things the same way over and over again. If you’re finding yourself bored of morning walks, switch up your route.
If you’re unmotivated to read, try listening to an audiobook instead. Approaching tasks in new ways can help you to keep your motivation levels high.
Understand your ‘why’
It’s the ‘why’ that creates meaning behind doing something. Knowing your purpose helps to keep you on track and stop your motivation from taking a hit.
Take some time to figure out your ‘why’ for doing a task, challenge or lifestyle change and it will help you stay motivated in the long run.
Set yourself a deadline
Right now, it can be hard to stay motivated if you’ve not got anything particular to do for a certain time or date.
Setting a time limit on an activity or task even if it doesn’t need one can help you complete it without losing motivation.
Listen to your body
Sometimes a lack of motivation isn’t just down to lack of enthusiasm and drive, but actually exhaustion and poor self-care.
Try to listen to your body and avoid running yourself into the ground. Know when to power through and when to take a step back and practice good self-care.
If you’re feeling unmotivated, try and move your body. Going out for a walk to get some fresh air or even dancing around in your living room can be a great way to interrupt the pattern and give you a hit of endorphins to get back on track.
Schedule in motivation rather than waiting for it to strike (Picture: Getty Images/Cultura RF)
Instead of thinking, ‘I hope I’m motivated to do that piece of work tomorrow’ — schedule that motivation. It puts your decision making on autopilot by giving your goals a time and a place to live.
This makes it more likely that you will follow through regardless of your motivation levels.
Remember to take breaks
Fatigue can be a motivation killer, so remember to take regular breaks when you’re doing work or focusing on a particular project that takes brain power.
Experts advise a 10 to 15-minute break for every 60 to 90 minutes of deep work you do.
Create routines to avoid decision fatigue
We are all going through a lot of changes this year, and lots of our day-to-day routines have gone out of the window.
This can cause decision fatigue, where the need to decide every day what to do and when to do it becomes so draining that you lose motivation to do anything.
Even if you’re not working right now, try to create a daily routine that helps you focus on what you actually need to do rather than losing brain power and motivation wondering when to do it.
Don’t look too much at the big picture
Take it one day at a time and break down your goals or tasks into smaller more manageable chunks. Use the Goldilocks Effect to your advantage.
Instead of focusing on the big picture, look at what is right in front of you. The smaller, more realistic hurdles will be easier to climb, even if you’re not feeling it.
Remember that completing a task feels good
You’ll never regret good work once it’s done. It’s easy to want the end result without the grind, but there is nothing more satisfying of taking one step closer to your goal.
So next time you’re feeling unmotivated, think how amazing you’ll feel ticking those tasks off your to-do list, or smashing that 6am workout.
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