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Last Updated on January 14, 2021

6 Quick Ways To Get Motivated When You Feel Lazy

6 Quick Ways To Get Motivated When You Feel Lazy

Let’s face it: even though bragging about how lazy you are on the Internet is for some reason constantly applauded, you can’t be lazy your whole life. At some point, you have to turn off Netflix and get something done.

In an effort to help those who want to get up and do something great with their life, here are six things to try when you find yourself feeling lazy.

1. Focus on Just One or Two Things

Most of the time laziness is the product of a full plate and no idea where to start. When you try to tackle everything at once, it’s hard not to feel like this:

But when you focus on one or two things at a time, it’s easier to get motivated and not feel so overwhelmed. Once you’ve found the strength to get up and finish one thing, deep down the thought, “hey, maybe I can do this” starts to creep in. Next thing you know, your whole list is done and you’re fist pumping in celebration with all your friends!

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2. Exercise

Maybe you really don’t know where to start on your massive to-do list. If that’s the case, go exercise.

You’ll feel a lot better about yourself and have more energy. Plus, while you exercise, your brain activates, which helps you find answers to your problems you hadn’t thought of before.

In Born To Run, a book about some of the craziest running athletes ever, the author says,

“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.”

I’m not saying you should go on a four-hour run, but you get the point. Once your mind has convinced itself it knows what to do, your body can easily follow suit. It’s hard to be lazy when everything inside of you is running on all cylinders.

3. Allow Yourself Time to Relax and Rest

While exercise is good, the gospel of R&R is as true as ever.

There is a big difference between being lazy and resting. Laziness has no purpose. Resting is necessary for life and clears your mind so you can tackle your endeavors head on.

Maybe you’ve been working on a project for too long and you’re burned out. Try sleeping on it. Let yourself have some time to rest. Our bodies and minds need rest to function at optimal levels.

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4. Get Organized

If your thoughts are a mess, hash them out in a notebook or on a whiteboard. When everything is in front of you, it’s easier to organize your thoughts. If you don’t have your thoughts organized, it’s hard to feel motivated to do anything.

In addition to organizing your thoughts, maybe you need to get physically organized as well. Cleaning your room or work area is a great way to create an atmosphere of productivity. Most people work better in an organized, clean work space.

Even if you don’t think that’s your problem, it’s worth a try. What if taking the time to get organized is exactly what you need to find the motivation to get going and flaming roundhouse kick your to-do list in the face?

5. Be Aware of Your Self Talk

Often, being lazy is a result of negative self-talk. You convince yourself there’s nothing you can do or that there is too much on your plate. You won’t get anywhere with that attitude.

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Quit putting yourself down and start believing in yourself. Even if you don’t feel like it, tell yourself you can do it. Say it out loud. If you have to go to a private place so you don’t feel dumb, do it.

Positive self-talk leads to positive thinking which leads to productive action. You’ll never get anything done if you keep telling yourself you can’t do anything.

Here’re 15 Ways to Practice Positive Self-Talk for Success.

6. Search on YouTube

This may seem counterproductive, but YouTube can be used for more than cats and music videos. There are a thousand different videos on YouTube that will make you feel like you could pick up a mountain and throw it to Mars. This ought to get you started:

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Last Updated on April 19, 2021

How to Get Motivated to Work and Start Your Day With Positivity

How to Get Motivated to Work and Start Your Day With Positivity

Learning how to get motivated to work every day is a common problem, no matter if you love or hate your job. If you hate your job, it goes without saying that finding the motivation to show up is not easy. However, you’ll also find that even if you love your job, there are mornings when you’re clawing at the walls to get out of bed.

It’s easy to fall into a rut and get stuck in the same ho-hum routine, and inevitably, the excitement for work diminishes. However, if you consistently motivate yourself to show up at work every day, you’ll experience:

  • Increased energy levels to get into work mode.
  • More enthusiasm to attack challenges as they arise.
  • Better sustained results over the long haul.

If showing up at work every day were easy, everyone would be doing it, and it wouldn’t be costing businesses $84 billion a year[1]. Part of the issue, though, is that organizations attempt to motivate you with bonuses, promotions, attendance awards, company luaus, virtual dog shows, and pizza.

Not to say it’s necessary to do away with these incentives entirely, but organizations are missing a massive opportunity to provide you with the tools to teach you how to get motivated to work.

Instead of depending on the organization to find motivation, here are some ways to find motivation to go to work each day.

1. Remind Yourself “Why” You Work

Too often, employees base their motivation on external sources like accolades, bonuses, and job promotion. These may feel good, but they’re just a “sugar high” and don’t last.

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Consider your own motivation as something that’s internally sourced. The simplest way to identify these internal sources of motivation is to find your own personal “why.” This sense of purpose will offer fuel for the long journey ahead[2].

    For example, maybe you’re heading to work on Monday to appease the boss, lay the groundwork for a raise, or just get through a project that’s been hanging over your head for a while.

    It’s a lot like losing weight for a class reunion or a beach trip. While both are definitely motivating factors to lose weight, it’s usually not sustained over the long term.

    Consider how your workday motivation changes when you think about the example you want to set for your kids, how you want to help your co-workers that you’ve been with for years, or how you believe in the overall mission at your company.

    Perhaps, you simply believe that the job you’re doing helps you learn and prepare for the next step in your career. Those are deeper, more meaningful reasons that will help you learn how to get and stay motivated to work.

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    Figure out your “why” with the help of this guide.

    2. Use the Hemingway Technique

    Nothing helps your workday motivation like momentum, and Ernest Hemingway had a brilliant approach. His technique was to leave the last chapter or paragraph unfinished at the end of the day, especially when he knew exactly how it was going to end.

    Then, when he sat down at his desk the following day, he could immediately start writing and build momentum for the rest of his day. He’d never find himself at his desk wondering what to do next.

    You can apply this technique to your workday motivation. Instead of staying late on Friday or working over the weekend to wrap up your work, pick a stopping place strategically, so when you get to work on Monday, you know exactly what to do next. This type of momentum will carry you through your workday.

    3. Take Control

    It’s so easy to let the first few hours of your work fill up with meetings. Take control by planning and scheduling your first few interactions of the day so you’re looking forward to them.

    Set up a coffee meeting or a conference call with someone at the office who is typically upbeat and creative. This is a low-stress way to get motivated to work because it just involves showing up and a little bit of planning.

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    You can also gain motivation by connecting with your family at home. In my family, we often plan breakfast together and hold our own little breakfast party. It really helps us get our day started off right in every positive way, and the motivational momentum we get carries over into work (and school).

    4. Break Big Tasks Into Smaller Objectives

    If you know you have a big task or project waiting for you at work, it can really kill your motivation. You’ll feel stressed before even arriving. In order to diminish that work anxiety and feel better about the day ahead of you, break any big tasks you have into smaller objectives.

    For example, imagine you have to create a 30 minute presentation before Friday. If you look at it as one big project, it will feel overwhelming, but if you plan to work on 10 minutes of that presentation each day, it will feel much more achievable.

    5. Celebrate Big and Small Achievements

    If you’re struggling to learn how to get motivated to work, it may be time to reward yourself for all the work you do. Did you finish that 30-minute presentation on time? You could treat yourself to a nice dinner as a reward for completing that big goal.

    This doesn’t only apply to big tasks or achievements. If you finish a small task you had been putting off, reward yourself with a 15-minute break. This will increase your motivation as well as help you feel less stressed throughout the day.

    When you set goals, plan a reward ahead of time so you have something to look forward to. Don’t underestimate the power of a small reward to help you feel motivated in your day to day work life. 

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    Final Thoughts

    We all have our ups and downs, and there will be times when we just don’t feel like doing anything productive. This is normal, and you can do something about it. Use any of the above tips to help yourself get motivated to work and improve your big picture outlook.

    Take time to start with one of the tips above, and adopt it for your weekly routine. You may find your motivation naturally becomes a non-issue as you walk along your career path.

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