What do you do when you feel uninspired or lack motivation? How about when you find it hard to stay disciplined or feel like giving up on the work you've started?
Well, first things first, I've been there, so I know it's a hard place to be in, especially when you've got a lot of work to do. But, I hope I can ease you out of that mindset and also remind myself that I've overcome those feelings once before, so I can overcome them again. And if I can, then so can you. Let's take a moment to unpack these feelings.
I'm the kind of girl that dreams big and is always full of ideas, and at times, (most times), I give myself too much work to do because I like to keep busy. It's one of the most annoying things in the world when you lose the desire or motivation to get work done. I'm sure you know the feeling ... it's been a week since you said you'd do that bit of work you need to do, and every day you tell yourself, you'll start tomorrow. And then tomorrow comes ... and well, you know the deal, you've still yet to start.
It's perfectly fine to take a break from the work in front of you. Whether it's a uni assignment, a work project for your day job, or personal work you've got to do, you can stop and take a break. Try not to let this moment affect your ability to see yourself through it till the end. You've got what it takes to do it!
When you're feeling uninspired or lack the motivation to get through some work, ask yourself why you need to do it. Are you working on a passion project that you've lost a bit of passion for? Are you focused on assignments that will help you with your education and career? Are you doing work that you're no longer interested in but still need to do for the time being because you need the money?
When you think about your 'why', it'll motivate you and get you back on track, or perhaps reveal to you what you need to continue doing, and what you need to step away from. Personally, I do not work to the best of my ability when I have to force myself to work. But when I think about my 'why', it reminds me that the purpose of my work is much bigger than the way I feel right now. For you, it could be your finances that motivate you to get through the work you need to do. It could be your desire to excel in a particular area. Even the most passionate people experience wanting to take a break or don't feel inspired to engage with their work or stay in the mood to create content. But the great thing about being passionate about your work is that the spark inside you will always find its way back to you and you'll be ready to work even harder.
Sometimes your mind and body need some rest, so if you're feeling unmotivated, don't dwell on that for too long. Focus on something else for a while. Here are a few things that can help you when you've lost the motivation to work (a short-term fix):
take a nice long walk
watch a series or film on Netflix
learn a new skill (learning something new can reignite the desire to work on things you've previously started)
get some exercise
read a new book
take a break from social media to recharge
When you find yourself constantly not wanting to get work done, it might be time to think long-term and perhaps look for a change. That being said, be careful that you don't make a long-term decision on temporary feelings - everyone goes through the feeling of not wanting to work.
Ask yourself what would be the best thing to do? How will your choices affect your future? What would be the wisest move? Think about it.
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