It is only natural to fall into a slump from time to time. Nobody can constantly be on top of their game, and it is okay to need a break from time to time. However, it is crucial to know how to pull yourself out of a slump.
Being able to self-motivate is a crucial life skill to master to keep on top of things even when you are feeling down. You do not have to feel good to get it done, but you have to get it done no matter what.
Here are some tips on how you can motivate yourself even when you feel down.
When you’re coming out of a slump, try to keep it simple. Don’t tackle too many things at once because it is likely that you will quickly become unmotivated again and fall into an unhealthy pattern.
Take it slow and find a new rhythm that works for you until you get back to your old self. It is essential that you take slow steps forward and don’t try to dive in headfirst to a pattern that no longer serves you.
If you’re unmotivated and you’re walking around the house in sweatpants and an oversized T-shirt with a bun in your hair from three days ago, you might want to consider having a shower and getting dressed.
More often than not, when we feel better, we look better. Getting up and putting on some makeup or doing your hair might help you move onto more significant tasks like doing the laundry or taking out the trash.
Make A To-Do List
Often, we are not motivated because we have no idea where, to begin with, everything that we need to get done. This can be harmful because we keep putting work off for such a long time that it piles up into an unmanageable amount.
Making a to-do list will set out precisely what you need to do for the day. Put your most important tasks first, and then go down the list according to urgency. The least essential tasks can be left for the end of the day.
When we feel unmotivated, it is tough to make commitments to anything from professional meetings to social gatherings. For the time being, it is okay to clear your calendar until your head is above water again.
Try to keep anything super important in your calendar to don’t feel like you are dropping the ball even more. Howevercommit, try, and get rid of any unnecessary tasks and commitments.
Anybody loves to be rewarded for doing something great. When you’re in a slump, simply managing some of your tasks for the day deserves a reward. Unfortunately, as adults, nobody rewards us for completing basic tasks anymore.
However, it is encouraged that you reward yourself in any way you see fit, but that will also be healthy and conducive to completing tasks. This means that you can safely reward yourself with a candy bar, but rewarding yourself with a nap might not be the best idea.
When you’re in a slump, you might feel that you have forgotten all of your skills and lost all of your talents. None of that is accurate, and all that has happened is that you have lost confidence in yourself.
To gain that confidence back, all you need to do is keep learning. Keep reading books and learning about your job and your day-to-day life wherever you can get so that you can feel confident in yourself once again.
Routine inspires self-motivation because you unconsciously follow routine after a while. If you set up a routine that requires you to stay motivated, it will be difficult for you to get into a slump and easy to get out of one if you do slip.
Make sure you build a routine that inspires and works for you to want to follow it every day. If you love exercise but hate running, incorporate a gym session into your routine. If you love stories but hate reading, incorporate audiobooks into your routine.
Being in a slump often means that all we want to do is sit at home and eat crisps on the couch in a sweatshirt that we have been wearing since last night. However, one of the best things you can do is go out and socialize.
You will have to get dressed and ready to go out and look presentable to the world, which will already make you feel better. You will then see people you love and who make you happy, and by the time you get home, you should be almost out of your slump.
Being in a slump means that just about everything you see or experience feels like a negative experience because you don’t feel like you are ever moving forward. However, this will only keep you in a vicious cycle.
Track your progress either manually or by using an app on your phone. You can track your progress in terms of work, working out, or socializing. Doing this will allow you to see how far you have come and ensured that you keep going.
Difficult First, Easy Last
It might be a monumental task when you feel unmotivated, but get all of the most challenging tasks in your life out of the way as quickly as you can so that you can move on to more manageable tasks later.
Doing this will allow you to relax more and more as the day begins to wind down, and you will feel much better about your progress because you will have overcome a challenging task early in the day.