Personal Development

Feeling unmotivated: 6 ways to get out of that rut

How to stop being unmotivated

Sometimes you just don’t want to be bothered about anything.

Somewhere at the back of your mind, you are aware of the things you need to get done but you can’t just get yourself to begin them.

Ever since the world has been on lock-down, I have felt very unmotivated. I have all this time in world, and somehow all I seemed to do was waste it away, so my guilt increased.

To make matters worse, I kept seeing post from people doing one very productive thing or the other.

Not that I was altogether idle, but I just didn’t feel I was producing tangible results compared with the amount of time I had on my hands.

Fortunately, I found out I wasn’t alone, and that seemed to take off a little of the guilt, but I knew I couldn’t afford to stay unmotivated for so long. Something had to give.

So here are 6 steps that can get you out of feeling unmotivated


1.Set realistic goals

The reason why you may feel unmotivated is because you may have set very unrealistic goals.

Actually, there is no goal that cannot be achieved with the right amount of effort and time but when goals are set in the heat of the moment, without proper consideration given to the amount of work that needs to go into achieving them, that goal can be said to be unrealistic.

Basically, because the goal seems so huge, you end feeling overwhelmed and you could abandon it altogether.

To overcome this, every set goal should be broken down into smaller segments.

Lets say my goal is to get 10,000 blog readers in a month, there are 4 weeks in a month, so I would have to break it down into getting at least 2500 weekly views, and then approximately 360 daily blog views.

This way, it does not seem so big anymore.


2. Stop procrastinating

Procrastination can be killer.

If you keep putting off what you need to do now till later, you will never get it done.

Procrastination can be overcome by being deliberate in what you do.

Read more on why you procrastinate and how to get over being a chronic procrastinator.


3. Be with people who give you a sense of purpose

One way to get out of an unmotivated mood is to talk and be around those that are doing things that challenge you.

If your everyday social circle does not do that for you, then seek out those who will. This does not mean you should abandon your everyday circle, but you can seek out the motivation you need deliberately.

It is just like going to the library, you can’t just go to the library and start sleeping, when everyone around you is studying.

Spend time and interact with people who are doing professional stuff and challenging things.

Often, you would come out of those interactions really motivated.



4. Get your mind on something else

If you are unmotivated to do carry out your task at a certain time, one way to get yourself motivated again is to get your mind onto something else.

Sometimes you need to do something unrelated to what you need to do in order to get your motivation back.

Example, go on a run, take a walk, feel energized and then go back to the task at hand.


5. Take a power nap

Sometimes stress is what is hindering you from doing what you need to do. Your brain is so clouded and it needs rest.

So don’t fight it, allow yourself the time to rest.

A nap can just be the solution to getting you out of your unmotivated state.



6. Give yourself a pep talk

Sometimes you need to encourage yourself to do what you have to do.

If the goals you are trying to achieve are yours, that gives you a starting point.

Remind yourself always on why you need to do what it is you are currently unmotivated to do.












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