Lack of Motivation? How to Still Get Things Done

Sometimes you just don’t feel like getting things done. I get it!

One minute you’re thinking of all the things you need to be doing and should do, but it’s like your body is frozen. You can’t move an inch.

But what’s really going on here?

I feel like we just assume that we’re being lazy. While that may be the case sometimes, it’s not the case all of the time.

What’s happening is that you’re lacking motivation. It happens to all of us at some point in our lives.

So, I’m going to share some reasons why you might be in a rut and feel like you can’t get things done. And then I’m going to share some tips on how you can motivate yourself!

Reasons Why You Lack Motivation

You Have a Fear of Failure

First up, we have the fear of failure. Even though we fear failure, we refuse to take any action to actually allow us to fail. Isn’t that strange? I mean think about it. You fear you won’t be successful, so somehow you allow yourself to be okay with no action. And without action, there’s no road to success.

When you’re dealing with the fear of failure, it’s important to figure out a way to get over it. Every minute you have wasted being afraid could have been a minute you used to follow your dreams.

Big Projects Intimidate You

Let’s talk about tackling big projects. So back when I was in college, I was assigned project after project after project. And with having so many things to do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. 

If you have a big project coming up that’s causing you to freeze up, here’s what you do. You break that project up into several tiny projects! Complete each step until the project is complete. 

Your Tasks Have No Purpose

Everything has a purpose. I know you’ve heard that before and it’s true. Especially when it comes to motivation. Every task must be done with an end goal – or purpose – in mind.

If you’re unable to identify the end goal of a task, how will you know when the task is complete? You won’t.

So if you’ve fallen into an endless habit of just doing things with no end goal in mind, what’s the motivation behind it? There is none!

You’re Burned Out

When I say burnout is real, it’s real. I’ve experienced it quite a few times, especially when it comes to growing my blog. Trying to do everything, all the time eventually leads to not wanting to do anything all of the time. Some signs of burnout:

If you’re struggling with burnout, here are some things you can do.

  • Take a break when you need it
  • Make time for self-care
  • Remember that you’re not a superhuman
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How to Motivate Yourself to Get Things Done

1. Make A To-Do List

The first step is to make a to-do list that helps you plan out your day. Everything starts here. Making a to-do list helps you plan out your day and is an acknowledgment to yourself that you have important things to do.

When creating your to-do list, remember to list your most important task first.

2. Establish a Routine

Get into the habit of following a productivity routine. When you routinely do things, some of the things you may not usually feel like doing will become habits and will get done anyway.

My secret to creating an effective routine is to first write it down. It helps to see it on paper.

3. Stop Being A Procrastinator

Where are all my procrastinators? Listen, I get it. I’ve been that person that repeatedly says I’ll do it tomorrow, and then before you know it I look up and realize the deadline is in 2 hours. 

Don’t be that person! You have to stop procrastinating. One way to beat procrastination is to just complete a task. It doesn’t matter how small it is, just do it. 

Take action. Each action is decreasing the work you have left to do.

4. Find an Accountability Partner

Seek out an accountability partner. An accountability partner will keep you motivated and hold you accountable for accomplishing the things you said you were going to do.

And you are going to do the same for them. Here are two things to look for in an accountability partner:

  1. Make sure the person is working towards a similar or common goal. You both need to be on the same page.
  2. You need to know that you can trust them. Will they show up for you? Will they be honest enough to tell you what you need to work on and improve?

5. You Need a Change of Scenery

Changing up where you usually do your work or complete tasks can bring up feelings of inspiration and creativity. And don’t you feel more motivated to do things when you’re feeling inspired or creative? 

Try working outside in your backyard or near a body of water. When I was working in the office, I would take walks outside by the lake. Every time I went back inside I always felt refreshed and more energized about my tasks.

If you don’t like being outside, maybe go to your local coffee shop. Or you could try a friend’s house.

6. Read Personal Stories or Inspirational Quotes  

Do you know what really motivates me to get things done? Reading other people’s success stories. Understanding another person’s triumphs despite their obstacles reminds you that you’re also capable. 

I’m also instantly motivated after reading inspirational quotes. Anytime I see a quote that resonates with me, I save it on my phone and go back and reread it in my free time.

If you’re wondering where to easily find these personal stories and quotes, head right on over to social media and start following some successful people. 

7. Reward Yourself for Small Successes 

Reward yourself for every step you make towards completing a task. Even if it is a small win. A reward could look like treating yourself to a coffee or buying a new book you’ve been wanting to read.

8. Manage Your Time

Pay attention to your time management skills. Give yourself a set amount of time to do something. And just do that one thing. Trying to work on 5 different tasks in 1 hour is bound to leave anyone feeling unmotivated.  

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9. Set Realistic Goals

How many times have you set goals for yourself and found yourself disappointed with your progress? Maybe you had set unrealistic goals. Setting realistic goals helps to boost your motivation because you know that you can and will eventually achieve that goal.

And learning how to break your big goals into smaller goals will make the process of achieving them less daunting.

10. Track Your Progress

Get into the habit of keeping track of your progress. Being able to look at a record of your accomplishments in something like a journal can be an instant motivator.

Even just holding on to your to-do lists with your tasks checked off and looking at that now and then works too.

11. Schedule in some Me-Time

Earlier I mentioned that one of the reasons why you lack motivation is because you feel burnt out. A great way to combat burnout and relax your mind is to spend some time practicing self-care. 

You can do this once a day, once a week, or as often as you’d like. Just promise me you won’t neglect yourself.

If you’re struggling with some self-care ideas, start with something simple like coming up with your own self-care shower routine.

12. Rethink Your Negative Thoughts 

While completely getting rid of negative thoughts isn’t possible, you can actively work on not letting your negative thoughts turn into a negative mindset. 

When you have a negative thought, reframe it into a positive one. 

How Do You Find the Motivation to Get Things Done

It’s no secret that getting things done when you don’t feel motivated is hard. But when you need to achieve goals, you have to find a way. Taking the time to implement some of these productivity tips is a great place to start. 

Tell me in the comments what motivates you to get things done.

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