Community//

How to Motivate Yourself

Building Enthusiasm Remind yourself why you want to do something. Sometimes, we need a little boost to help get us going on a task or project. Say out loud or write down the reason why you need to do something. Tell yourself the benefits of getting it done. For example, you might say, “I am going […]

Building Enthusiasm

  • Remind yourself why you want to do something. Sometimes, we need a little boost to help get us going on a task or project. Say out loud or write down the reason why you need to do something. Tell yourself the benefits of getting it done. For example, you might say, “I am going for a run right now because I want to become fitter” or “I need to do this homework so that I can get an A.”
  • Remind yourself of the dangers of procrastination. Promise yourself something like, “If I get this done now, I can leave work early today” or “If I can get this out of the way, I can work on something more fun.”
  • Build a vision board with images that represent what you want to accomplish in your life. It will help serve as a reminder of what you really care about.

Make your activities fun

If you’re dreading the task or activity, it can be difficult to start. In this case, find a way to make the task more exciting. You might include other people or challenge yourself in a new way. Mixing things up can also help you get things done.

  • For example, if you want to become fitter but hate going to the gym, take an exercise class, such as kickboxing, Zumba, or barre.
  • If you’re studying for an exam, complete with a friend. See who can answer the most questions correctly or solve the problem the fastest.

Promise yourself a reward when you get something done. Even if it’s just a small accomplishment, pat yourself on the back. You can give yourself a short break from work, treat yourself to a snack or latte, get a massage, or celebrate with friends. This can keep you excited and motivated for the next step.

Give yourself occasional breaks to avoid burnout. While it is important to avoid distractions, too much work can make you less productive. Schedule occasional breaks throughout your day. Make sure you also take longer breaks over the weekend to rest and refresh yourself.

  • For example, you might take 5 minutes every hour to go to the bathroom or to stretch.
  • Schedule these breaks so that you have something to look forward to. For example, you might tell yourself, “If I can get these reports done by 2 pm, I can go take a quick break.”
  • Avoid multitasking and getting distracted by checking emails and your phone. Your productivity will only suffer.

Harmanpreet Singh From Daily Creative Designs

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Ahmad Fozi Bakarudin / EyeEm / Getty Images
Wisdom//

3 Simple Techniques to Kill Your Laziness And Get Working

by Melissa Chu
Courtesy of Shutterstock
Wisdom//

3 Simple Techniques to Get Started on Your Most Important Goals Now, Not Later

by Melissa Chu
Delaying a task is an emotional response to avoid dread that only adds insult to injury. Photo by Hannah Gullixson on Unsplash
Community//

Procrastination:

by Bryan Robinson, Ph.D.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.