Let’s face some facts: It doesn’t matter how motivated you are to stick to a goal, there will be days when you will feel a little bit off… It happens, is normal, and is not big-a-deal.
But it sure is not pleasing when you need that summer body, but you aren’t quite in the mood for the gym. Or when you really wish to finish that book, but you don’t want to write today. Here are some tips you need to use to motivate yourself in your “off” days.
Some of those will work automatically, but some of them are meant to build some sort of habit, so you can work even when your motivation fuel is low! So without any further ado, let’s break them down and start to motivate yourself on “off” days!
I know is not the most fun thing you can do, but sometimes you are just too worked out. Try to stop for a second, close your eyes and focus only on your breathing. This way, you can reset your brain.
If you weren’t in the mood to work, maybe after this your mind will shift. For most of the times this does the trick. If you want to know how to meditate better we have an article for you right here!
Make a work playlist
Work playlists are your own mixtape to get the job done. I have a playlist I listen only when working, and another one when I’m going to the gym. It is very important to NOT listen to your work playlist when you are not working.
You want to trick your brain to enter the work-zone when you hear a certain soundtrack. This is one tip that works if done repeatedly, even when you are in the mood. Just make that playlist to motivate yourself on “off” days!
If you don’t know what I am talking about, let me explain. Pomodoro technique is used to make yourself start working when you are not in the mood, or when you want to be extra-productive. I advise you to do it all the time.
It’s a really simple technique. You work for 25 minutes, and after that, you take a break for 5 minutes. The thing is, you hit your productivity peak at 15 minutes of work. After those, you will get less productive by the minute.
Is a great way to start your job, the cause is only 25 minutes, it ain’t that long. The best thing is that most of the time you will want to continue working. Which is what you were struggling in the first place.
Talk to someone
Sometimes, we are so caught up in our life, we forget to keep connections with our friends and family. If you find yourself into an unmotivated rut, just talk to someone, see what they been up to, make contact.
More often then not, you will be motivated on some extent, and who knows, maybe even inspired. And as a plus, you get to talk to someone dear to you! it will help motivate yourself in an “off” day.
Chunk it up
Projects can be very intimidating, and your lack of motivation can be caused by that. But if that is the problem, the solution is very simple: Chunk your project into tiny pieces.
You don’t want to go to the gym because it requires much work. You have to pack your gym clothes, dress up, actually go/drive to the gym, and when you get there you have to work out.
But if you look at it as many small things you need to do, it becomes easier! Is not hard to pack the clothes, not to dress up, then to walk… please, is easy peasy. When you workout, you already chunked the work into sets and reps. So you are good to go!
Discipline=Freedom. This is a truth not many of us are aware of, but it is certainly a fact. If you are disciplined enough to do something even if you are so not in the mood, you are free to do anything you want.
There are a lot of topics here, and we already covered it up into another article about discipline right here!
Discipline is not easy to attain but it is not impossible either. It’s a habit, so it must be done as much as you can. as Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. Make a habit to motivate yourself in an “off” day.
The 5-second rule
The 5-second rule is an easy technique you can do literally any day, at any time, to make sure you are as productive as possible. Basically, when you don’t want to do something, count from 5 to 1. When you say 1, you just do what you don’t want to do.
Is that simple?
Actually, this is how I got myself to write this article. I had an “off” day, I meditated, chunked my projects, even talk with my girlfriend about it, and in the end, I counted. And as you can see, I wrote the article and post it! If I can motivate myself, you can too!
This is it guys! These are our tips to help you motivate yourself on “off” days. Please comment below if any of our advice helped you, and give even more tricks you use when you are unmotivated
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