If you have a list of things that you need to finish every day or every week, tackle the worst or the hardest or the most boring task first. This way you will feel like you achieved a great accomplishment by getting this hard task out of the way, and you will feel more motivated because now every thing on the list seems easy and achievable. I usually do this with workouts and house work, because these are usually the activities that I feel like can be the hardest or most mundane. So first thing I do when I wake up is workout, then do whatever chores I need to do in the house for that day, and once these two are done, I feel like I can do anything.
By breaking your goal into smaller set of goals, you will get a greater sense of achievement on a regular basis as you finish one task after the other, which gets you closer to your bigger goal. And this doesn’t need to be a huge goal. You can break any goal into smaller ones. If I need to clean the bathroom and I don’t feel like it, I break that into smaller goals. First I will spray the toilet cleaner and let it sit, second, I will clean the sink, third, I will clean the tub, and so on. By finishing each part, I feel I am getting closer to the end result and that gives me the push to keep going.
Negative people are like negative thoughts, they will always have a bad influence on you and your overall mindset. They will often hold you back. When you’re surrounded with positive people, the opposite happens. It will help you have a positive mindset which will make you more motivated to work.
When you are working on a certain task, try to think less of the negative side of it and focus more on the positive feeling of accomplishment you will get when you complete it. This actually works a lot when I’m working on a very long blog post and things start to get overwhelming, I shift my focus from the post to the feeling I will get when I’m finished with it.
When you’re feeling unmotivated, try to write down a list of things that cause you to feel this way. It could be your colleagues, an unrealistic goal, an overwhelming workload, etc. And when you write them down, develop a plan and list the ways where you can deal with these things and fix them.
As a way to remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing and why it is important to you to proceed and get it done. Getting your mind off the current step you’re stuck in through your plan and instead focusing on your end result will give you the push you need to start tackling those tasks.
At the end of each day or each week, look at all the things you have managed to accomplish so far that is part of your goal and celebrate that. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the things that are ahead of you that sometimes you forget how much work and effort it took to actually get where you are now.
Think about a recent win or a task you did that got great results and remember how that felt like. This will release a dose of dopamine into your brain which is the substance associated with motivation in the brain.
Motivation is not always the problem. If you find yourself always dreading the same task or getting stuck at the same point, ask yourself if maybe you can do things differently.
The word ‘budget’ is frequently used in the financial world. That is because it really is important. Budgeting is a great finance tip for beginners and experts alike. I know what you’re thinking: budgets are hard, they don’t work, you don’t like them, you don’t earn enough to warrant having one. Have I missed anything? I know budgeting might seem hard. But it really is not. A budget, in it’s simplest version, is just your plan to spend your money. Nothing more, nothing less. Create a budget plan for your money so that you have a better idea of where it is being spent every month. Getting started many people advocate using the 50/30/20 rule. 50% of your money goes towards your basic necessities and the rest goes towards entertainment/pleasure and savings, respectively. I am not a fan of the 50/30/20 rule when you are in debt or just starting out. It’s not a great idea to be spending 30% on fun when you’ve debts to pay or you have no emergency fund. I would encourage you to throw as much money as you can in order to pay off your debt as fast as possible. Then ensure you have at least $1,000 in an emergency fund. You can still have fun without spending 30% of your income on it. If you get paid bi-weekly, you can still budget. Check out my post on how to create a biweekly budget for up-to-date advice.