Today I want to talk about strategies that can be used when we are feeling demotivated.
Motivation is important. It drives us to do things we need to do. But it is not always easy to be motivated at all times. Sometimes, we get demotivated just at the wrong times. What do we do in those times?
I think there are two things to check first: First is why we are demotivated? For example, are we tired and need some rest? Second is can we afford to be demotivated at that time? Is there a strict deadline coming up? If we are tired and there are no strict deadlines, I think the best thing to do is to take the time off and rest because that is literally what our bodies are telling us then.
What if we are not tired and there is no strict deadline but we still feel demotivated? This might help millions of reasons but one common one is anxiety. It is important to understand why we feel anxious and try to deal with that in the best way we can (these ways need a whole new post, so I will leave it at that).
What do we do if we are not tired, there is a strict deadline but we still feel demotivated? So we actually really need to work right now. In those cases, one thing that usually works for me is doing the opposite of what I feel. If I feel like I want to stay in bed, I get up and get overdressed, for example. Changing work environment might also help. If you can work in another location than you usually do, that can help too. These require extra cognitive effort and are not always easy to do, but when I can, they work.
What are some way do you use to deal with demotivation? Let’s discuss that.