Strategize, persevere, and dominate: A Guide to Finding Your Motivation

Okay, so I figured it was that time again when everyone could use a little motivation. I’ve found it increasing difficult to find that drive to do just about anything that I am supposed to do. I don’t even want to do the things I find fun anymore. These days I find myself either watching a bunch of reality show reruns or fighting my sleep to scroll through my Instagram feed. My life is sad, yes, I am aware.

Anyway, it is summertime and I have so much that I should be excited for and working towards. I work 2 full time jobs throughout the summer and if that wasn’t already enough, I took the challenge of tackling a summer course. Of all the courses to choose from I decided on a second-level accounting course. Btw, I am an Accounting and Finance student so I like this kind of stuff, but it’s so much material packed into a 5-week course. Need I remind you the normal fall or spring course is 15 weeks, and the normal summer course is 7 weeks. Take a deep breath.

In spite of all that madness, I have to find my drive again. I’m not sure exactly when or how but I lost my motivation to do anything. I’ve gotten too comfortable with relaxing and taking a break so I’ve tried to change this new lifestyle I fell into. If you’ve lost that drive or forgot what your purpose is, it’s not the end of the world. There are solutions to your dilemma.

Here are a few things I’ve started to implement and I hope you think about trying them as well:

  1. Research I can’t stress enough how important it is to do research and read. The more you read about things that interest you or others’ success, you will feel inspired. Sometimes I even feel like it’s a competition. If she can do it, why can’t I? A little healthy competition always helps motivate you.
  2. Daily/weekly goals Pick one or two of the goals you set for yourself and accomplish it today or this week. It can be something as little as don’t get angry at work, or follow a blog site(wink, wink). Small goal setting is easier to achieve, and can potentially lessen the burden of long-term goals. It also gives meaning to each day. Instead of just going through your normal routine, add a few goals throughout to make your days more exciting.
  3. Write it down Over the years I’ve noticed I do better when I can physically see my goal. I write down just about everything and it helps me to remember to actually do it. Also, most people have either a smartphone or a laptop. I started to set these notes as my home screen so I can constantly see it throughout the day. I’ve also memorized the goals I must accomplish. Some people need a physical copy, like me, to be reminded. Not only do I have a copy on my phone, but I have a planner with everything imaginable written down.
  4. Practice your religion or spirituality I say spirituality because some people do not identify with a religion but they still pray or meditate or practice some sort of beliefs. This has been tough for me because I struggle with identifying a religion. Either way, I try to recite a prayer out loud at least once a week. You may practice your religion in depth, so you may want to set aside a time to read from your scripture.
  5. Develop your craft Of course you know what you talents are, but are you the best at what you do? The more I practice things I like to do or am good at, the more confident I feel about life in general. For example, I can draw. If I draw a really good sketch and finish a canvas painting for it I will feel motivated to make another painting or read a book. Accomplishing tasks make you feel in control and invincible.
  6. Rest Sounds simple enough, but it’s not. Please please please make a sleep schedule for yourself and STICK TO IT! College has completely ruined my sleep schedule and there are nights where I don’t sleep at all so my days begin to run together and my memory and health suffer as a result. Also, the more sleep I don’t get, the less productive and more sluggish I feel the next day. I have way too many days where I don’t feel like doing much because my body and my mind are drained. I’m working on changing so many things such as diet and exercise to help resolve this but this takes time. Be patient with yourself. Once you get on that new sleep schedule, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle anything that comes your way.

THESE ARE MY PERSONAL TIPS. I’ve tried these on my own and found the results I was looking for.

I have also included a link to an article I have read, written by Leo Babauta. He lists 16 ways to “Get Off Your Butt” when you fall into a slump. This tells you that it happens to everyone at some point obviously. But anyway, the article was written in 2007 so it is a little old, but it still gives some useful ways to kick that slump and find your motivation.

Get Off Your Butt: 16 Way to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump:

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