Monday, October 5, 2015

6 Tips For Getting Work Done When You Don't Feel Motivated

Between working two jobs, running an online magazine and a podcast there are times when I just want to be lazy and I'm not motivated to do anything. Since I want to fully self employed oneday  times of laziness are the last thing I need. Although rest and leisure time is necessary, I don't like to waste anytime I've set aside for myself to get work done. Instead of lying in my bed watching time pass me by, I created ways for myself to kill my procrastination.  Here are some tips that can help you to get motivated and stay away from your bed:

  1. Break down your tasks. Try to just force yourself to sit down with your laptop or pen and papers, and write down all the things you have to do. This can make you realise what you actually have to do, instead of just constantly telling yourself “I have tons to do help” without clearly knowing what’s your direction.
  2. Next, focus on progress. Focus on the effort and time you spent on the tasks instead of the result first. Time and effort is something you can actually control, and remember to reward yourself for that.
  3. Try to do easier tasks first. If you are not motivated at all, there is no point to read a huge chunk of information you probably cannot understand, or do an extremely difficult math paper that you won’t be able to do anyway. In this situation, the last thing you would want to do is to make yourself feel frustrated. Instead try to make yourself accomplished by completing little and easy tasks first. You will eventually be able to get back on track.
  4. Find your peers to work with youHaving someone beside you to motivate you and to work together makes the whole thing less boring and tedious, and if studying and interacting with friends is actually an effective learning strategy for you, this method works even better.
  5. Stop waiting until you have sufficient information to do something. That is never going to work. This will just going to be your excuse to delay and procrastinate. Try to start working on what you have instead, you will find completing the task so much easier later on.
  6. Just start working!Tell yourself that you will just type one sentence, or solve one problem and you can take a rest. This way you will, at least, feel less guilty since you did work on something that day, but you may also find the motivation to continue working.

That being said, it’s definitely normal that we have days when we are just less productive, after all we are all humans and we do need breaks. Just make sure you have the right balance. Good luck and stay motivated!  

What are some work strategies you use to keep you motivated? Let us know in the comment section below!

By Queen
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Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul.   

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