Posted on March 19, 2021 at 11:33 PM
Tags: Growth Strategy
Ah, motivation— that elusive thing we’re all trying to find. When the pandemic first struck, we gave ourselves some slack. Unprecedented times and all that, right? Well, it’s been a year. A YEAR, people! So, we really can’t keep using that excuse. COVID-19 is the new way of life, and we still have stuff we gotta get done.
Ways to Kickstart Your Motivation
If you’re struggling to get things done, take a look at your why.
What’s My Reason?
Ask yourself why you want this? Better yet, write your motivation down. A lot of your goals will have the same motivation, so you can look at your motivation master list whenever you need a pick-me-up. For every task, there’s a motivation you can tease out.
Set Bite-Size Goals
As for the bigger stuff like productivity at work or reaching a substantial weight loss goal, break it down into small actionable steps. Make all your goals realistic and achievable. If you want to start your own business or lose 50 pounds, both are overwhelming when you think about the end goal. Set small goals to get you to your big goal. As you meet each small goal, your motivation will increase.
Tackle Your Distractions
All the motivation in the world won’t do you any good if you are constantly getting distracted. To make progress on your goals, you need to find ways to deal with your distractions. If you aren’t getting your weekly reports done on time, look at how you spent your time. Were you on social media? Or, was it working from home with your kids that distracted you? Once you pinpoint your distractions, you can create a plan to deal with them. This leads us to how to hone your focus.
Ways to Sharpen Your Focus
When we are focused, we get more done and make fewer mistakes. The more accurate the first time around, the less we have to go back and fix.
Multitasking may be the modern way of life, but it doesn’t save you any time. In fact, multitasking takes more time because your focus is divided among different tasks. Our brains aren’t wired to multitask. That’s why you do stupid stuff like take the dog’s pills when you try and multitask. True story.
Even if you aren’t multitasking on purpose, working around distractions requires you to multitask. Every time you stop your work to deal with something else, your brain has to refocus on your original task. If you want to truly be productive, you need to work away from distractions. That means no T.V., no kids, and so on.
Keep A Notepad Handy
One thing that easily distracts us is thinking of something we need to do. Did I order the food for Friday? So, we stop work to check. When we pivot away from our task, we lose our momentum and our concentration. Keep some paper nearby and jot it down, or take notes on your phone. Then, you can come back to it later.
Organize and Plan Your Schedule
If you need to fit in five workouts this week to meet your goals, schedule it. Don’t just hope to squeeze it in somewhere. Mark it on your calendar and put everything else on hold. That’s your exercise time, no interruptions.
For a more productive workday, establish a work routine. Even if you work from home and aren’t punching a time clock, set a schedule for yourself. Block off a certain number of hours for work each day and schedule for breaks at least every two hours. We are creatures of habit. Once you’ve set up a work schedule and followed it for a few weeks, it will become routine.