How To Sky Rocket Your Motivation With Ease ?
Motivation Is Important…
There are two types of motivation, and I’ve actually been learning about this at my corporate job where I am currently undertaking a customer service qualification. Part of this is about motivation and so the idea for this post was born!
The two main types of motivation are: intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic is the type of motivation within you, the drive and self-motivation that comes from your values and desires to do a good job, be productive and achieve your goals. If you are highly self-motivated, means you’re more likely to naturally get stuff done without extra effort.
Extrinsic motivation is the type that you gain from external sources such as the motivation for money, power, or having to do something because you’ve been told by a boss or parent etc.
In today’s post, I’m going to share with you some of my top tips on how to skyrocket your intrinsic motivation with EASE even on days where you feel like your usual vibes are lacking.
Knowing that you’re not alone and that especially during these times, it can be hard to feel motivated to keep productive and stay on top of things. I appreciate that at this time you might not be working but I urge you not to completely let go of all structure and meaning. Take care of yourself, always. Look for the long-run and what’s going to come after all this.
Let’s jump into the steps you can take to skyrocket motivation and get back to it!
Take Your Routine + Then Do Something Out Of The Ordinary
Within other Beautifully Fragile posts, I’ve shared the power of routines and having a plan of how you run your day. It makes all the difference when it comes to feeling in control and being effective within your professional and personal life.
However, sometimes things can become a little monotonous and this can seriously hamper your motivation.
To get out of this slump, you could try throwing caution to the wind and mixing up your routine. Keep your mind fresh and on its toes!
There are a few different ways that you could do this – whether it’s changing the time you get up or go to bed, having a completely new food choice for breakfast, or something like working from a different spot or driving a new way home.
I’m definitely a creature of habit and find creating routines in new situations very comforting and grounding. But I know sometimes when I’m lacking, I know I need to do things a little differently. When things were pre-covid, I would find new coffee shops to get caught up on my emails or finish a report which would help massively.
It doesn’t matter what it is that you change up, not really. It’s more about the act of doing something different.
It gets your brain pumped up and can make all the difference in giving yourself that jab of motivation to get working on that project with renewed strength!
Look At The WHY
Why do you need to be motivated for this task? Why is this task important at all?
It can be really valuable to focus on the why of a task. Understanding the reasons why you are wanting or needing to do something can remind you of its importance. This might be what you need to get that motivation flowing again.
Say you need to work on your email marketing for your business because it needs updating. But the tech side of things stresses you out and it’s complicated, time-consuming and creatively challenging.
If you were struggling for motivation on this, simply write a list of bullet points on why you need to do this task, why it matters at all, and what it can bring into your life. Read through and think about it deeply.
This task is very beneficial, brings income into your business, and impacts how your brand is perceived. All of these things matter to you a lot, so you want to get it right.
Suddenly you feel much more compelled to get the task done because your brain feels rejuvenated on the reasons WHY it matters.
Take A Break
You could even have a KitKat if you wanted!
Jokes, but you can definitely do that too! Sometimes you don’t need anything other than a quick break to help refresh yourself and boost your motivation back to your usual, awesome levels.
Go outside for a breather, walk around your house, chat to a friend, watch a YouTube video or anything that you deem a break.
By switching up your focus, allowing yourself a few minutes personal time, especially if you’ve been working all day, it can feel great to get back and smash out that email or those projects you’ve been wanting to get done.
Recognise Your Great Work So Far
Sometimes it can be hard to feel motivated because we don’t see results. This can make us feel like our hard work isn’t getting us anywhere. And no one wants that right?!
So a great way to get a boost of motivation is to stop and recognise all of the amazing work you’ve done so far on the project, or on previous work.
Either way, you’ll feel good about yourself and this self-recognition will help you work with more motivation.
Identify things you’ve already achieved, the things you’ve done well and the things left to do.
You can even explain these things to someone else, especially if they are working on similar projects. Bouncing progress and ideas of someone else is another great way to see your how far you’ve come.
Set Smaller, Achievable Goals As Stepping Stones
When you’ve got a large project that is going to be complex and time-consuming, you could break this down into smaller, achievable goals.
This will help you take action because there are much easier steps to navigate.
Having smaller stepping stones to follow along will also give you a boost of satisfaction as you complete each step. Write out a checklist and give yourself a huge TICK when you get things done. It feels good, right?!
This time action can really help boost your motivation and sense of satisfaction as you go. I think if you’re a bit of a completionist this will help!
Reward Yourself + Set An Overarching Reward For Completing It
Another great way to provide motivation is to add another element of that extrinsic, or external motivation.
Set yourself a reward system – coffee after this checkpoint, square of chocolate after the first report is done, trip to the beach once you complete it.
By doing it this way, you’ll add in a layer of desire to complete it and this can be all you need to get that boost of motivation back!
Get Closer To Nature
Another great way to boost your motivation and your mood and sense of well-being is to get closer to nature.
Whether that’s sitting nearer the window and looking out at nature, going for a walk in your lunch break or travelling to the park after work, getting closer to nature is known to have great benefits on your brainpower.
It’s also closely linked to growth and slow, calm nature.
It can even help just looking at photos or videos online of nature, if you live somewhere that means you don’t have close access.
Not only that, but the fresh air is good for you. I sit in front of our living room window to work from home with a beautiful view out at the trees and lawn. Opening the window adds an extra boost of fresh air too!
Surround Yourself With Positive, Driven People
The more time you spend around positive, driven people, the more you notice the impacts this has on your own thinking.
We vibe off those around us, and it’s important to be careful who we spend a lot of time with. Those negative, draining and un-motivated influences can be damaging, to say the least.
I always find that there are huge impacts had when I spend time with certain people in terms of work and motivation levels. The next time you’re at work, think about your colleague’s attitudes and how this makes you feel.
Are they pulling you back? Making you feel more stressed and less excited to work?
Spend less time with these people if you can, or limit it to outside work hours or at times when it doesn’t impact your career and your future. At the end of the day, these things are really important. You have to prioritise them if you want to get more motivated!
Avoid Those Negative Beliefs That Might Be Holding You Back
The final point to look at today is the negative beliefs that might be holding you back and limiting your prgoress.
Limiting, negative beliefs are stories we tell ourselves, thought-processes we have, that tell us our identity and values but don’t truly align to the who we are.
These can show up such as:
“I’m always struggling to complete my work on time”.
“I’m never going to get this done”.
“I’m bound to fail at this task”.
These thoughts don’t help you at all. They take away from your ability to move forward productively. They are negative and berate you and your skills.
They can be very damaging when it comes to your overall motivation and drive because you feel like this is your normal.
But this doesn’t have to be the case!
A huge part of mindset work is dismantling those negative beliefs and demonstrating to them that they’re not true. Instead, we want to then replace them with positive statements that reflect what we really want to be. Who we really want to embody.
We can choose! ??
Filling ourselves with positive affirmations will switch up this mindset.
Things such as:
“I am productive and motivated to complete this task”.
“I am going to smash this project and my boss is going to love it!”.
“I have the skills and tools I need to get this done, let’s do it”.
These thoughts are much more self-compassionate and productive. You will find that you get a lot more done and feel a hell of a lot better when you switch up and focus on these kinds of thoughts!
I hope that you’ve found these tips to skyrocket your motivation super helpful and you feel ready to smash the f**k out of your next task. I believe in you girl!