Being lazy and falling into a slump affects everyone at one point or another. What separates those who succeed from those who fail is the ability to pick yourself up and keep going.
On Mondays, for my positive vibes article, I usually write about the issues that are affecting me at the present moment. That’s why this week I am talking about being lazy and falling into a slump. For the past two weeks, I have had such a tough time finding the motivation to get shit done. I don’t mean just doing things, but doing them right and doing them with passion, and doing them to my full potential! I have been lacking, to say the least. What I keep telling myself is that, “it’s mercury retrograde making me lazy” and that, “the planets alignments make it a bad time to start new projects”. So as I try to motivate myself to keep pushing, and keep moving the bar forward I’m going to share with you what keeps me going when all I want to do is lay on the couch and watch the first 6 seasons of Law & Order SVU.
Learn to take breaks, not to quit.
I heard this awesome quote last week and it resonated with me. My laziness has been an ongoing problem for the last couple of weeks. Normally, when this happens to me, I quit. I give up on whatever it is I’ve been working at and I make up my mind that I don’t have it in me. I make up an excuse for why it won’t work. Those thoughts have been occurring to me more frequently lately, but instead of giving in to them I ignore them. Instead of quitting I just pull back a little. I indulge in more pleasures than responsibilities. It sounds Ludacris, but sometimes we all need to do this. We don’t need to quit, we just need a break, a little time to relax
Remember your WHY power
Your why power is the motivation that drives your goals. If you start to feel like you want to quit, think about why you started in the first place. This always gets me right back up and going. Your why power should be a really strong motivational reasoning, like, “I need to do this so I don’t have to work for anyone but myself ever again”. Your reason why is a critical part of achieving your goals.
I like writing things down in an agenda that I carry around everywhere rather than in my phone that I carry around everywhere. For some reason it makes me feel more accountable. Planning your time will help you keep organized and will make it easier to stick to your goal. Block out friend/ family time, do not work during that time. Plan out work time and don’t do anything but work. Create a schedule and don’t falter from it. Creating a plan will help you keep you from feeling overworked because you get your leisurely time and you still get work done.
Find your inspiration
My inspiration is podcasts and when I’m in a slump I have to motivate myself just to listen to my podcasts. I find it increasingly hard to pull myself out of my drama/ murder mystery ebooks and put on a business podcast. Once I have though, I instantly feel that grip of motivation that makes me want to get straight to work. These are a few of my favorites that I obsess over and listen to regularly.
Millionaire interviews is one of my favorites because Andrews dry humor cracks me up on my morning commute. Your inspiration might be books, music, podcasts, art. Find what it is and immerse yourself in it.
Reorient your goals
Sometimes you’re not motivated because the thing you thought you wanted you no longer really want anymore. Your hanging onto a goal but deep down you’ve moved on. Reevaluate your situation. Ask yournself, “is this something I should still be working towards?” and if so, “why?” You may find that it’s time to let go and refocus your energy somewhere else. It’s a good idea to go over your goals every 6 months and see whats changed and where you stand.
its thought to pull yourself out of a slump but you can do it! DON’T give up just because life gets tough.
What are are some strategies you use to motivate yourself?