In this article, I’d like to share with you some ideas on what to do when you are not motivated to get stuff done.
We all get from time to time unmotivated, tired, down, whatever you want to call it, that’s part of human nature. So, being not motivated for sometimes is a normal nothing.
In those moments you feel like the sky is falling on you, all the doors are closed, nothing works, and all what you want to do is to give up.
But before we get into the meat of the matter we need to understand a little bit about how our brains work (not the psychical one), psychological speaking, to have a better grasp of the non importance of motivation down the road of success.
The Thinking Brain Is Always Taking The Lead
Currently I’m reading Mark Manson’s book “Why Everything Is F*d”, and in it, among many great points, he talked about why our feeling brain is the engine of everything that we do, and why the thinking brain has little to do with the decision making process, and taking action.
Basically our emotions play a major role when we want to take any action. We don’t get stuff done because of our rational brain, or our plans, but because the you way how you feel at the moment.
If you’re sluggish now, no matter how you convince yourself rationally to do the thing, simply you won’t get it done.
The problem is we use our rational or thinking brain to be motivated, but in reality, motivation stems from our feeling brain that’s practically impossible to control, and it ‘speaks’ a different language.
That’s why it’s imperative to take care of your mental health, like don’t feeding your mind with crap, being involved in healthy habits to actually get stuff done without needing motivation, and that’s the key!
You read right! You don’t need motivation, because…
Motivation Is a Myth
Many of us think that in order to be successful, or to take any sort of action, we need to be motivated, or pump ourselves up. But, what if this motivated never comes?
Procrastination is some sort of a delusional form of motivation.
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We postpone things because simply of this saying “I’m not motivated to do it”, and every time you want to take action on this particular task, you say the same thing.
And the bad part is it becomes a part of who you are. You build this identity of a procrastinator, or the type of person that doesn’t deserve success, or the thing you’re after.
So, what I want you to do now is to eliminate the idea of motivation completely from you head, and here’s what I want you to do: JUST START.
Practical Tools When Motivation Fades Away
After we debunked all the misconceptions around motivation, now it’s time to take action (of course without motivation).
So, here are some tips to consider applying when motivation is not around.
Tip #1: Build a Good-feeling Habit
Personally, I did a big discovery! I found reading out loud is kind of a refuge from down, and unhappy ruts.
As you probably know, part of my routines, I read self-help books every single day for at least 20 minutes, truly I’ve been doing that for about 4 years, but I wasn’t aware of one thing:
Reading out loud, word by word was making me feel good Oh my God.
There are times I don’t want to work on my biz, instead of fighting my feeling brain when I’m not motivated, I do something that is going to make feel a bit good for just few minutes, then start working the task that I planned for myself.
Because how could you be creative if you’re feelings in a complete mess?
So, I encourage you to find the thing that light you up. Go through all the things that you usually do and write them down. The key component is awareness.
It might take you a week, or a month, just with a little of bit of patience, you’ll spot what changes your state when you do it, and when it’s done, write it down on your phone.
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Tip #2: The 2 Minutes Rule Strategy
You probably came across this rule, it’s pretty famous on the productivity space, but It’s just a quick reminder for me and you of this incredible tool.
Simply this strategy states to perform a very small version of the task you want to do.
- You want to exercise, but you don’t feeling it? Just do 5 push ups.
- You want to write a to do list, but somehow you can’t? Write one item.
- You want to read, but you’re not motivated to do it? Read one page.
This strategy has two benefits:
- The first benefit, after some time, you’ll interrupt this negative narrative that you experience whenever you face such obstacle, because you’re already prepared for it.
- The second one, is you will build a new identity of a person that takes action even when you don’t feel like it, which is great for your mental toughness.
Tip #3: Simply Just Start
It’s a bit similar to the second tip, but with a small difference: There’s no threshold to where you can stop.
Its goal is to beat perfectionism, to get yourself out of your head, and spark the chain of action.
The simple example I can give is this post I’m writing. Every time I want to write a blog post, I don’t think. I hit add new post, and I start writing whatever comes up in my head.
I know my English sucks a bit, I’m doing some grammatical errors, but I don’t care. I just share what I learned about productivity, and I know, when you show up consistently, things get better.