Friday, August 16, 2019

What to do When You Feel Unmotivated

Let’s be real, we all don’t feel motivated 100% of the time. It’s difficult to stay motivated especially when you are dealing with personal issues such as grief, depression, anxiety, etc. Sometimes I have to force myself to do things I would normally do with ease. In these moments, I feel myself adding pressure and self-critique to all my actions, constantly reminding myself that my life is not as long as I think it is, so I must seize every moment. You may not be dealing with the same circumstances as me, but I know you’ve dealt with feeling unmotivated.
We’ve all been faced with a task completely unmotivated, questioning why you even
attempted to do this thing, daydreaming of lying in your bed or your next vacation. If your
goal is to be successful, you can’t only take action when inspiration hits. Motivation is elusive.
Sometimes you feel it and you’re achieving your goals with ease. Other days, you’re hitting the
snooze button ten times and fighting the urge to call out sick from work.
Here are my 5 tips to help you find your motivation again:

1. Determine Your Bigger Purpose
Have clear reasons for why you’re achieving a particular task. Without a purpose, your
effort will fall short quickly. When you do things that matter to you personally they become
meaningful tasks, rather than annoying to-dos. If you find yourself working on a task and you
don’t remember why you’re doing it, chances are it shouldn’t be one of your priorities. Remind
yourself that hard work is a part of crafting yourself into who you want to be. Reflect on the
impact that your work has on others. Refer to your bragbook whenever you feel doubtful.
Keep screenshots of nice things people say about you and your work as a booster when you’re
feeling unmotivated.

2. Narrow Down Your Tasks
It’s better to work on your top goals for 20 minutes a day than to work on them once a month.
Consistency and repetition lead to developing highly effective habits. Beyoncé was not built
in a day. It takes years of repetition, consistency, and persistence to reach your maximum potential. So, trust in the process. Don’t let the journey wear you out. You don’t have to wake
up at 5am every day to be a high achiever. Maximize your productivity in the allotted time
that you give yourself by setting deadlines for your specific goals.
Don’t just set deadlines for business tasks; schedule your personal time as well. Schedule your
dinner with friends and gym time like you would a business meeting. This may sound
excessive however it is a game-changer. If you begin with a small task and continuously
complete the next small task, you’ll realize that you’ve become closer to conquering your
large goals over time.

3. Reward Yourself
It can be challenging to stay motivated and on top of things if there’s no reward in sight. Many people await big promotions and major news before they feel like they can celebrate. Celebrate the small wins and give yourself something to look forward too. When you find the motivation to not give up and you push yourself to persist, celebrate that advancement. If you do well in a presentation or you complete a difficult workout, celebrate by going out with loved ones or watching one of your favorite TV shows.

4. Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes
Failure is a massive part of becoming successful. The practice is controlled failure. When I don’t know how to complete a task, my initial reaction is to pause, and then self-doubt thoughts immediately flow into my head. I combat this feeling by just doing it. Even if the first draft is horrendous, I go ahead and get my thoughts out and worry about revising later. Embrace getting the task done rather than getting it done perfectly. Getting things wrong is part of everyone’s process. Many of us spend way too much time revising and second-guessing our work instead of finishing it and moving on. That’s why there are many dreamers and not nearly as many high achievers. Enjoy the process of solving your biggest challenges. Use that confidence to fuel your next task.

5. Change Your Environment
It can be difficult to do great things when you’re not in a positive environment. Make your work
environment inspiring. Be deliberate about what’s on your desktop background, what surrounds
your desk/workspace, the energy of the people you’re around. Be mindful of what videos/music
you’re listening to. Make a playlist of YouTube videos and music that inspire you and listen to
that when you’re feeling unmotivated. If you’ve been sitting in one spot too long, take a walk,
chat with a coworker or friend. Find a new place to sit so you can accelerate your focus. Your
environment should jump-start your momentum.
Take it one day at a time. Wake up with the intention to make yourself proud of
every day!

About the author:

Sade Jones is an advertising professional, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger. She's an
ambitious woman, who is often terrified of taking risks, but does it anyway! A Queens,
New York native who loves to travel, exercise, write and inspire others to embrace the fire
inside them. When she’s not busy creating content that empowers others on her blog, she can be found gallivanting around the world.


  1. Great tips! Being unmotivated is a nasty feeling. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ Let me know if you are interested in doing collabs! xx

  2. In order to get out of this negative state, it’s enough to follow the advice that you published and you will see how everything around you will change.