We all like to be motivated, as that brings out the best in us. However, it is important that we master the art of self-motivation, since it is not always possible to get motivation from external sources. Motivating yourself is a learnable skill. Here are ten techniques to help you motivate yourself.
Try these techniques to motivate yourself and get things done:
- Choose to be happy
Have you ever experienced days when you do not mind doing mundane and boring tasks just because you feel happy?! Happiness takes us into a space where we feel positive and motivated, and are willing to go that extra mile to achieve our goals. By focusing on the positives in any situation, and by being grateful for the positives, you can choose to be happy in any given situation.
- Learn how to take a task to completion., without giving up midway
A heap of unfinished projects can dampen anyone’s enthusiasm to start another. Avoid quitting or moving on to another project before a task is 100% completed. In case of a contingency, make sure you come back to the task at hand after addressing the emergency. You will be more interested in taking on new tasks when you know that you can successfully complete them.
- Be prepared for mistakes
As a human being, it is only normal to make mistakes. Making mistakes is a part of the learning process. The only people that do not make mistakes are those who never do anything. Mistakes can be very positive, teaching valuable lessons. Use them to your advantage.
- Stay focused on the present
Irrespective of whether you are anxious about the future or regretful of the past, living the present moment successfully is definitely a challenge, because the focus is not on what is to be done NOW. Focus on your breath and distract yourself for a few minutes, if your become aware of your mind running into the past or future.
- Be outcome-focused
You may feel frustrated or overwhelmed when you look at the volume of work to be completed. It may in fact not allow you to even start off with the work in the first place. When you focus on the end-result, you will feel energized and enthused to work towards achieving it.
- Give yourself a reward
Rewards can act as great motivators if they are relevant, desirable and determined before setting out to work on the goals. You go to work every day because you know that a paycheck is coming your way. You wouldn’t go otherwise. Similarly, give yourself a small, but meaningful, reward when you complete your tasks.
- Use a timer
Decide beforehand how long a task should take and see if you are able to stick to that timeline. Set a timer and see if you can beat the clock. A little time pressure will help to keep you focused on your work. It is also like a little game that you play with mind to keep it excited. There are many timer apps and programs available at no cost.
- Start your day on a positive note
You can either read inspirational quotes by those who have achieved great success, or create positive sentences that you would like to say to yourself. Whichever the case, you can be sure of starting your day with a bang if you begin it with inspiration and enthusiasm.
- Get some exercise
If you feel stuck with a particular problem, go for a brisk walk or a short run. Studies show that taking a short break every 60 minutes increases productivity. Keep your breaks short so you don’t get off track.
- Measure your progress
Big goals or projects can takes years to complete. Measuring your progress along the way is a great way to keep your spirits high. Set short-term goals to keep you focused.
The most successful people are able to harness the power of self-motivation. A higher level of motivation will ensure that your work is done well and as quickly as possible. It’s time to get busy!
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