Sometimes we have bad days.
Some days we can’t find the motivation to do what we need to, no matter how hard we try.
What’s worse is that sometimes our lack of motivation is caused by chronic stress, but without the motivation, we can’t accomplish what we need to, so we stress out more! It creates an awful cycle that can leave us exhausted and feeling like we’re running on a hamster wheel—getting nowhere!
I want to share some tips that I find useful on days when I feel stuck.
One of the things I find most helpful is asking myself why I can’t find motivation, or why I feel stressed out. Sometimes it’s actually stopping to ask myself what I am even feeling. When you identify what you’re feeling and why it can help you also come up with a solution to pull yourself out of that rut.
Break your big projects up into smaller tasks.
It’s easy to look at our long to-do lists and become overwhelmed. Take a moment and write down all the tasks that you need to get done and then prioritize them, starting with the most pressing. Checking the most pressing items off the list can help relieve some stress and give you a sense of accomplishment. If there are big projects on the list, break them into smaller tasks. This can help you find small wins, keeping you motivated and positive.
Remove yourself from the stressor.
This can look different for different situations. If you have a bunch of work to do but also need to get the house cleaned, consider taking your work to a coffee shop. It’ll be a lot easier to focus when you’re not (literally) staring at everything else you have to get done.
It could also mean going for a long walk and leaving your phone behind. On that walk don’t allow yourself to think about your to-do list. Instead, focus on being present and taking in your surroundings. You’ll be much more effective and efficient at your work when you can approach it with a clear head.
Be honest with yourself about what’s doable.
It can be hard to say no to things. When we overcommit to things, we end up with an unrealistic task list. Be honest with yourself about how much is realistically possible to accomplish and set out to accomplish those things—let yourself off the hook for the rest!
Save it for tomorrow.
Ok, I’m not suggesting that procrastination is a good go-to strategy, nor that it is something you should do on the reg. But here’s the deal: some days are just bad days. Some days you will spend more time trying to convince yourself to do the thing than it takes to actually dothe thing.
Be honest with yourself. When that’s the type of day you’re having, finish what absolutely must be done, and then focus on self-care the rest of the day. Focus on feeling better today so you can kick some serious booty tomorrow!
How do you deal when you’re feeling stuck? Share your tips below in the comments!
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