It’s why you get out of bed in the morning. It dictates the choices made throughout your day.
When motivation is lacking then getting out of bed in the morning to face your day becomes a chore. The choices made throughout your day might not be the best or beneficial. You might find you try to avoid making choices altogether when motivation is no longer present.
There might be days that become the exception to the rule. Maybe you do not have pressing matters to attend to that day, so getting out of bed carries less of an urgency. Your day could be lazier if you wanted. Even on those rare (or not so rare) days, if the case may be, there will still be a motivation behind what you do with that day.
There are times motivation waxes and wanes. Some days you have extra energy and determination to tackle the to-do list of your day.
Other days that drive is severely lacking. Regardless of which day you are facing, there is a benefit in increasing your motivation. More can be accomplished.
7 Ways to Increase Your Motivation
1. Catch Your Zzzz’s
Sleep is important to keep your mind clear and focused. It is easier to feel motivated when you can think clearly.
If you have a lack of sleep, it will make your mind foggy and make it harder to concentrate. You will want to stay in your bed all day and have little physical or mental energy to tackle your day.
2. Limit Multitasking
Have you ever tried doing multiple things at once and noticed that the quality of the tasks has suffered?
This is because you’re splitting your focus between several tasks. Your brain is only meant to focus on one task at a time.
That is not to say that you cannot multitask. As women, we are quite skilled at multitasking. And at times it can be quite necessary.
Typically, focusing on too many tasks at a time can slow down your progress with each task making it difficult to complete all of the tasks.
Focusing on one task at a time can give you momentum. Once you finish that task, that momentum can propel you on to the next task.
You might find that in addition to increasing your motivation, your productivity will increase as well.
3. Set Goals
When you have a goal that you are working towards, you automatically want to do what it takes to achieve it.
This helps you maintain focus and discipline and keeps your eye on the prize. Which in turn makes that focus spill over into other facets of your life.
As you achieve your goals, you are encouraged to keep going. This momentum keeps your motivation alive, even on those days when it falters.
4. See the Color Green
The color green is considered the strongest booster of motivation. (1)
This color is associated with feelings of calm and peace. It feels refreshing.
There was a study done by six researchers at the University of Essex in 2012. Fourteen participants were asked to perform cycling exercises while watching a cycling course. Each video was randomly given a green, red, or gray filter. The participants that had the green filter made them less tired and happier. They were more motivated to keep going. (2)
If you can, take a walk outside to see the green trees or a hike in the mountains. If that is not possible, even looking at a picture of trees would have the same effect.
5. Leave Your Comfort Zone
Engaging in an activity out of your comfort zone, no matter how big or small can be a kickstart to your motivation.
It can be scary to get outside of your comfort zone, but once you do, it can be exhilarating and invigorating because you are doing something out of your norm.
6. Stay Organized
When you have a clear plan of what tasks need to be done for your day, it is easier to stay focused.
When your life gets chaotic, it is harder to stay focused because there is no real plan of what is on your to-do list for that day.
That is why I like to use a productivity planner. I wrote about the three best planners here.
7. Have Fun
If your life is all work and no play, then your daily routine starts feeling like drudgery and it is harder to get things accomplished during your day.
Mix it up. Make time to have fun.
Read a book. Go to a museum. Play with dinosaurs, either with your kids or by yourself. (I won’t judge.) Go to the park. Go to a movie.
Anything that is fun and gets you out of your normal routine. This will break up any monotony. You will have better focus and more motivation.
Motivation. The reason behind the things that you do. With these tips, you can increase your motivation for high or low motivation days.
Which of these tips are you going to try?