Five Ways to Increase Self-Motivation
Even though self-motivation is a plain and simple concept, it’s also one of the most difficult things to accomplish. It can be the difference between awaking early in the morning getting started on a specific plan and procrastinating and not getting things done. Even with completely good intentions, many are better at slacking off than getting motivated. On the other hand, no matter what your attention span, it is possible for you to motivate yourself and reach your goals; you just need to follow a few easy straightforward actions.
1. Know what you’re doing
A to-do list is nice to have to help you get things done, but it doesn’t do much to help you stay motivated. Before you can make your to-do list, you need to set goals and priorities. They may be short term such as “finish this project to acquire more work” or in more general terms such as “increase workload to advance”. If you give yourself a goal or vision to work for, you’re going to be more motivated to finish things than if you’re simply completing tasks.
2. Stay positive
A positive attitude can go a long way. People have probably told you this over and over, but you’re still not motivated to believe it. Take a little extra time each day to remind yourself of your completions. It is also a good idea to try to surround yourself with positive and inspiring individuals. If you don’t have any at work, find positive and inspirational statements from successful people and post them around your office.
3. Set mini-goals
Completing a project can be an overwhelming task. If it’s a large amount of work, you’re likely to look at it, get swamped, and give up or put it off before you even get started. An easier way to accomplish a project is to break it up into smaller assignments. This way you’ll be looking at a bunch of small goals instead of one great big one. While it’s the same amount of work, it helps to keep you from getting engulfed with so much at one time. Plus, each time you accomplish one of your tasks, you’ll feel successful and motivated to keep marching on through to the finish line.
4. Reward yourself
To help keep yourself going, set up rewards for each task you complete. They don’t have to be anything big; they could be going to see a movie over the weekend or spending 15 minutes on the phone with a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. It’s just something positive to help encourage you to keep going. You can also set small rewards for your mini goals and have a large reward for when you finish a large project.
5. Have a backup plan
While we may have the best of intentions, most of us really aren’t that good at sticking with our self-motivating methods. If this seems like you, you may be in need of some backup. This is a friend, co-worker, or associate – anyone who is dependable and trustworthy. Let them know what your goals are (and even your rewards) and set up a plan for them to check up on you.
It could be as simple as giving you a call to see how much you’ve gotten done, or maybe have them be the keeper of some reward and administer it when you reach your goal. This way, if your resolution wavers, you’ll have someone else there to help out.
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