Motivation. Without it, we would spend forever in bed in our PJ’s, watching mindless television and eating ice cream for every meal. When we feel unmotivated, we feel completely lazy and unwilling to do any work- whether it’s chores, cooking or our jobs. So, motivation is a pretty important part of our everyday lives. It’s what gets us up in the morning, making our breakfast smoothies and choosing a cute blazer or dress to wear to work. It’s what makes us anticipate a busy, enjoyable work day and what lands our butts in our office chair, ready for whatever the day will bring. So, what do we do when motivation seems a million miles away? Follow this how to guide to get this feeling back, so that you will always be prepared for work.
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1. Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
You’re not imagining it. Your daily Starbucks run really does help you focus. Coffee actually affects the brain and allows you to keep your mind on the task at hand. So embrace it. Feel free to enjoy your morning latte when you need that extra motivation to focus today.
2. Cut Out the Junk Food
It’s a vicious cycle, and it really sucks: when we feel lazy, we don’t exactly want to be healthy. So, we stop craving kale salads and start wishing we had a huge greasy pepperoni and cheese pizza right now. But that will only make you feel worse- you will still feel unmotivated, because all the junk will make you feel tired and even more unfocused-so it’s not a solution. Instead, keep having your usual healthy diet, and give your mind what it needs in order to operate properly. That pizza will still be there tomorrow and you don’t need it today.
3. Eat Some Greens
If you eat vegetables, you will be glad that you said no to that greasy pizza, and you will instead feel motivated to keep up your healthy lifestyle. Being healthy will make you want to succeed in all areas of your life, including your career. And it all starts with a lunchtime green salad.
4. Eat a Good Breakfast
You know that breakfast is the most significant part of the day. Of course you do- how old is that saying? But when you wake up and feel your motivation has escaped you, you might want to scarf down some bacon and chocolate chip pancakes, but that won’t make you want to head to the office and kill it at work all day. Make sure your breakfast includes some protein, healthy fats and healthy carbohydrates. Try an omelet with spinach and cheese and a side of whole grain toast with peanut butter, or oatmeal with fruits and nuts. Then at least you will be properly fueled for the day ahead.
5. Go For A Quick Walk
If you can walk to work, even better, but if your commute is a bit longer, at least walk around the block before setting foot in your office building. Getting some fresh air and getting your blood circulating will wake you up.
6. Remember Why You Love Your Job
Maybe it’s the thrill of how every day is new and challenging, and how you never have a typical work day. Or maybe you love routine and the fact that you do the same thing every day of the week is what gets you going. Either way, remember why you took this job in the first place and why you continue to enjoy your current position. We all get bogged down in the stuff of life- too many emails with too little time to answer them, a too-long to-do list and a boring upcoming meeting. But that’s no excuse to forget how much you enjoy your career.
7. Think About Your Goals and Dreams
It’s a timeless question: Where do you see yourself in five years? What about ten? Ask yourself where you see yourself in a month or even a year’s time when you’re feeling down and less than motivated. You might be heading on a fun work trip to a city you’ve never been to next month, or speaking at a conference which is a career goal that you’re about to cross off your list. We all need something to look forward to so we don’t get bored and so we’re not caught up in the monotony of our days. Remember yours when you need some inspiration to get going.
8. Pat Yourself On the Back
It’s not grade school and we don’t get gold stars for doing a good job at work. We’re adults now, after all. But you can still praise yourself for a job well done. Think about all your success so far, whether at your current job or even something related to your personal life. Maybe you threw an awesome baby shower last weekend for your sister or took care of a friend when she came down with a terrible cold. Whatever it is, reminding yourself that you’re intelligent, compassionate and capable, will do wonders for your self-confidence.
9. Know Your Motivation Will Return (Eventually)
We all get into a rut and sometimes it lasts for weeks at a time. Unfortunate as this is, know that your motivation will return. It has to, or we would never get anything done.
10. Break a Sweat
When all else fails, try some exercise. No one ever regretted going to the gym or a yoga class. Exercise is amazing for your body and your mind, which is what you need when you’re feeling lazy. Break a sweat tonight and you are guaranteed to wake up tomorrow with newfound motivation.
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If your motivation has escaped you, remember that you’re only human and we all experience this from time to time. But there are things you can do to get going. Follow this how to guide and try some exercise, guzzle some caffeine, avoid junk food and stick to a healthy diet. You are bound to feel more inspired than ever tomorrow.
How do you keep yourself motivated? Let us know in the comments section below.