If you’re like me you know how difficult it is to motivate yourself. Especially now that I’m in high school and teachers aren’t on my back as much its hard to focus myself. I found these 7 tips and they have helped me so much so hopefully they can help you too!
Motivation – the difference between getting things done and remaining horizontal on a netflix binge
If you’re felling a bit “meh” here’s how to kick yourself out of it.
What is motivation?
motivation is said to have 3 components:
- Activation – The decision to do something
- Intensity – The amount of effort that goes into doing something
- Perseverance – How long you can keep up the effort
Achieving your goal requires all of the above.
Types of Motivation
motivation can be divided into 2 categories
Intrinsic motivation Extrinsic motivation
Comes from the inside of a person Comes from an outside force
i.e. solving a puzzle because you want to i.e. solving a problem for money
Pros Cons Pros Cons
easy to maintain concentration Can easily be Easy to manufacture Prone to
will do it regardless of reward subject to moods using rewards procrastination
Makes difficult tasks bearable
How to Find Motivation
If you keep procrastinating on a task, the best way to motivate yourself is to eliminate all excuses that are keeping you from doing work.
How to Get Motivated
- Youre afraid of failure
– It’s a matter of perspective. Look at the possible outcomes, including the worst case scenario. If you do fail, will it really be that bad? And if you don’t complete the task what will happen? Think of the consequences, this negative outcome should help you start getting motivated.
2. It’s too boring
– Focus on the task instead of time. By looking at what you need to do, instead of how long it’ll take you, you’ll become more stimulated. With this approach, time should fly as you finish the activity. If this isn’t enough, track your progress towards a goal. Focus on whatever is the smaller of the two. How much you’ve done vs. how much you have left to do.
3. You just don’t feel like it
– Think about when you’re the most productive. If its early morning or late afternoon, then organize your day around this time. If you’re still feeling lazy, try the “countdown and do it” method. Just countdown from 10 and start. Once you’ve focused in, you’re more likely to get things done.
4. You’re too tired
– Take care of yourself physically and mentally. Are you stressed out? Take time to meditate and exercise. How are your eating and sleeping pattern? Don’t skip meals or pull all nighters.
5. You don’t know where to start
– Create a to do list. Getting started can be the hardest part, but if you can see what needs doing from the get go, you’re on a good start. Include not only what you have to do but what choices you have to make. It’ll help you get your priorities in order and help you manage.
6. You just have too much to do
– Get rid of any unnecessary commitments. Every commitment you make uses up your willpower. Learn to say ‘no’ to things and focus on whats important in life. If it just the size of the task that’s overwhelming the divide and conquer. Feel good about small successes.
7. You don’t see the point
– Be clear on the end goal. Know what you’re doing and why. If it’s something boring or unpleasant, accept its something you need to to turn yourself into who you want to be.
Dreams get you started, discipline keeps you going – Jim Rohn