Sustaining motivation can be tough in the most favourable circumstances. And it gets tougher when you get stuck in a rut and bored with the activities you have been doing for a while. This could apply to your studies (half-term slump when you just cannot be bothered) and personal projects.
Well, we have bad and good news in response to that. The bad news is there’s no silver bullet that can fix your lack of motivation. But the good news is that you can reignite the motivation spark if you put some effort into it. So, to help you, we have put together a list of strategies you can try out:
- Discover what really matters: make a list of how you want to spend your time at and outside work/studies and compare it with a list of how you actually spend your time. Do you love sport but find yourself disappearing for hours down the Instagram rabbit hole? Try to reconnect with your goals and values by starting small, for example, switch your phone off and go for a walk or a run.
- Split your goals into smaller chunks so that you can see your progress. That will motivate you more! If you were writing a novel, you would normally aim to draft it chapter by chapter instead of finishing it in a couple of days.
- List your reasons: why did you decide to pursue your studies? What excites you about your chosen subject? How can you reconnect with that feeling of excitement? Do you need more challenge? See if you could pass on your knowledge and excite others about your subject by for example starting a blog or visiting schools.
- Keep good company: surround yourself with people who are curious and positive, and who can challenge your thinking in a positive way, both in-person and online. You can join forums and online communities or start peer learning groups.
- Get to know yourself: keep notes on when your motivation wanes and when you feel like a superstar. You may discover a pattern that you can work with and use to your advantage.
- Invent new challenges by turning a task you find boring into a challenge!
- Make it different: plan to try a different approach to something you do every day. Not all learning has to come from books. Instead, listen to a podcast on your daily commute, watch a video on YouTube or read a blog.
- Three good things: keep a daily log of three things you achieved each day. It takes only a few minutes! Do it for a week and see how your motivation levels go up – it’s a tried and tested method!
- Figure out what works for you!
Good luck and keep going! But before you go:
- Try something new for 30 days
- Find your true calling
Reflect: now that you have read this article, take a few minutes and jot down answers to the questions below. This will help you remember the most insightful points and put together an action plan that works for you:
- What inspired you?
- As a result, what do you want to do more of?
- And what do you want to do less of?
- What will you do next to achieve these goals?