I’m seriously lacking in motivation today. I didn’t get enough sleep last night, which makes it difficult to find some get-up-and-go. I also need to do about a million and one things. Not knowing where to start makes it hard to find a desire to get started, too. I’m so unmotivated that I couldn’t even figure out what I wanted to write about today. This eventually led me to today’s topic. Today I’m sharing some reasons why lack of motivation happens, and what you can do about it.
Why Do You Have No Motivation?
- Being tired is the number one reason I can’t get motivated. I’m chronically tired, so I’ve learned to live with that. But I’m talking about not getting a good’s night sleep (or several in a row) and being so tired you can’t focus or keep your eyes open. If all you can think about is crawling into bed, it’s hard to get anything accomplished.
- Depression. Being depressed makes it difficult to find motivation. It usually saps your energy, and the overwhelming sadness and anger that often come with depression are difficult to work through, too.
- Too much to do. It seems like my to-do list is never-ending and always-growing. It can get overwhelming trying to keep up with everything and sometimes it makes me feel like I don’t want to do anything.
- Negative thinking. Sometimes I feel like I can’t do anything right or whatever I do isn’t worth it or that it doesn’t help anybody or…. You get the idea. If you feel like what you’re doing is worthless, chances are you don’t want to do it. (This kind of thinking often goes hand-in-hand with depression.)
- Using time unwisely. Sometimes I waste time, whether it’s on social media or video games or hobbies or whatever. I realize I’ve left too little time for what I need to do and I’m less likely to actually get it done.
Fighting Lack of Motivation
How can you fight lack of motivation? Try these ideas:
- When I’m tired, I usually try to push through it and I will start to feel better. But sometimes I need a quick nap. Thirty minutes usually gives me the energy I need to get going. It might feel like a waste of time, but it’s better to take that quick nap so you can be more alert and productive afterwards.
- I’ve battled depression for several years. You can read about it here. As long as I keep up with my routine for treating depression, it’s easier to be motivated. If you think you are suffering from depression, it’s important to treat it.
- If you feel like you have too much to do, you might need to reevaluate your priorities. Make time for what’s important and what you love. Cut out unnecessary activities or things you just don’t enjoy. Why spend time on what you don’t love? And if you do have a large project to tackle, break it down into smaller chunks. Write it down so you stay on track.
- Try to think positively. Focus on the good things you’ve done or the talents you have rather than mistakes you may have made. Try keeping a journal. I know that once I’ve written out a negative thought, feeling, or memory, it’s like purging it from my system. i also like to write down things I’m grateful for or can be positive about. It helps me keep those good things in mind rather than the negative ones.
- If you find that you waste time or are easily distracted, work on the important things first. Then have fun with the goofing-off type stuff. Set a timer when using social media or playing games if necessary. (This is a huge area where I tend to waste time-I’m working on it!)
- Play some music you love. When I’m cleaning the house, for instance, I like to play something upbeat. I get motivated to move. Plus I love to sing along (not that anyone else likes it when I do!) and it makes the time seem to fly.
- Diffuse some energizing essential oils. Equal amounts of peppermint, lavender, and grapefruit is my favorite blend.
- Don’t overdo it. You’ll burn yourself out if you try to get everything done at once. Take breaks if you need to. Just don’t take too long a break or you will lose valuable work time.
Looks like I found some motivation to get some writing done after all! How do you stay motivated? Let me know in the comments below!