Some days, all I want to do is watch TV or YouTube videos all day, or scroll social media, play puzzles , or read a book. Which is fine.
Except when I’ve got other things to do.
Then the infamous words are muttered:
“I just can’t get motivated today”.
Well, why not?
What Is Motivation?
Motivation is defined as “an enthusiasm for doing something”.
So the real question is:
“Why aren’t I feeling enthusiastic about the thing that I said I wanted to do?”
I’ve put it on my list of “to-dos” (or “ta-das”) so surely I had a reason for putting it on there? What’s holding me back?
Over time, I’ve observed a few reasons that can lead to a lack of enthusiasm, and a few ways to overcome that feeling.
If you’re trying to figure out your lack of motivation, read on.
3 Reasons You Might Be Lacking Motivation
You’ve forgotten why you wanted to do it in the first place
From washing the dishes to going out for a 3 mile run, if you don’t know why you’re doing it then you are going to struggle to find a reason to get around to making any effort.
Motivate: Before you start that next episode of Real Housewives, think about the end goal that will be achieved by doing that other thing that you’re putting off.
Could the dishes be left until the morning? Sure, but isn’t it so much nicer to see a clean kitchen in the morning?
Could that 3 miles be run tomorrow? Yes, but will that help you run your marathon in 6 months time?
You’ve overwhelmed yourself
I had a pretty ambitious schedule lined up for me if I was going to achieve all my goals this year. It totally overwhelmed me so a couple of months in I decided that I was going to put off one goal until next year.
Of course, I’m not always fully motivated everyday, but I’ve now got time in my schedule to be flexible with my plans and if actually my motivation is outweighed by tiredness or unexpected events then I’m still on schedule with my goals.
Motivate: assess whether overwhelm is the real reason for your lack of enthusiasm and look at where you could cut back on your obligations either to yourself or others, or even share the burden.
If it’s something you still really want to do, then don’t give up – you’ll work it out.
You don’t have a plan
We all have a love-hate relationship with plans. We don’t like to feel “controlled” but now and again the stability and discipline of a plan gets us through.
For example, if you go to the gym without an idea of what you are going to do when you get there then you can find yourself wandering aimlessly looking for something. Which can easily lead to you not really looking forward to the next session.
I’ve always found having an idea as to what I’m going to get done makes the session run quicker and end up more productive.
Motivate: always have an outline for what you are going to do in advance of the day. Leaving no doubt means you can get straight to it.
It’s also a way to get the brain focused and raring to go even before you start.
When do you find yourself with the least motivation? How do you reset and get back on track? Share in the comments below.
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