Now that we’re nearing the end of October, I’m sure there are many of us who are feeling the pressure of their to-do lists piling up. We all have responsibilities, whether it be school, work or family, and this can get overwhelming at times. It’s easy to lose motivation and productivity when it feels like it’s all too much. So what should we do when we really don’t feel like doing anything? If you’re in a slump, here are some ways that can help spark your motivation!
The first thing you should do is think about why you’re in this slump, what you’re avoiding and why you’re avoiding it. Perhaps you’re just not interested or passionate about a particular task or maybe you’re avoiding doing things or making certain changes due to fear. If fear is the case for you, it’s important that you understand why you’re afraid. It’s common to avoid something out of fear of failure but don’t let that prevent you from completing a task. Accept that you having these feelings (fear, disinterest, etc) and try to push forward. You’re not the only one who feels this way.
2. Take Care of Yourself
Yes, I am going to tell you that exercise is important. Shocker, right? But self-care is so important for our overall well-being and even small efforts (like exercise) can make such a difference. Keeping active will boost your serotonin levels which increases your mood, self-esteem, memory and improves your sleep habits. That’s just naming a few benefits. Regular exercise, staying hydrated and getting proper sleep will give you more energy, make you happier and overall boost your motivation. Go for a light walk around campus while the fall colours are still vibrant or pop by the gym, just do anything that will get you moving each day.
3. Make Plans
When trying to find motivation, it’s important to stay on track of things. Lists are everything! Each morning, try and make a list of your goals or tasks for the day. Don’t do too much at once. Focus on just a few things each day. This will keep you on top of things without feeling completely overwhelmed. Another way to kickstart your motivation? Give yourself something to look forward to after you’ve completed your goals and tasks. Treat yourself with a delicious meal, a night out with friends or a new book, whatever will make you feel rewarded for your work!
4. Tidy and Organize
A clear mind comes from a clean work space and there’s no easier fix than taking a few minutes to do a little tidying. If you’re surrounded by clutter and chaos, it will be a tad more difficult for you to set your mind to tasks. A mess can be quite the distraction and de-motivator.
5. Get Inspired
Chances are if you’re feeling unmotivated, you are less than inspired. Take some time to explore interests that will make you happy and fuel your creative needs. Read a book, take a class, start painting, learn an instrument, do whatever it is that will get you excited!
The important thing to know about getting motivated is that it won’t happen overnight. Getting out of a slump takes some time and effort. Don’t stress, start small and take your time. Do the things that make you feel best and inspires you the most. Remember, we all go through times where the motivation is just not there. Do what you can to help yourself but don’t get frustrated if it takes time, we all need a break now and then!