5 Sure Ways To Increase Motivation

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How often do you get Monday blues?  Most people know what it feels like to wake up on a Monday, not having the energy to get the day started.  Sometimes, people also get overwhelmed with the many things they have scheduled for the week, and feel a lack of desire to even get up and start the day.

With no instant gleam of an improving economy, it is easy for people to lose motivation and lack the energy to pursue what they want in life.  There are people who are so distraught with their financial state that some are simply trying to get their days over with.  Some people do not even bother to plan for their future.  If you find yourself lacking the drive to pursue your goals, perhaps you can consider these suggestions:

1.  Clarify what you want to achieve in life.

Having clear cut goals is one of the best ways to motivate yourself.  Make a habit of creating your do-lists to help you achieve the things you want to accomplish.  Set a date when you want to finish a project and commit to it.  Make a big mark on your calendar, tell your friend or your significant other about the changes that you want to happen and ask them to encourage you to reach your goals.

2.  Change begins with small, easy steps. 

If you are still reading this article, you must be wanting to create some changes in your life.  Remember that no change can happen overnight. It all starts with the desire to change.  Once you identify the things that you need to change in order to achieve your goals, think of small steps that can help you make the change happen.  Think for example, how much time you have been spending in front of the TV lately.  Perhaps those hours can be spent more creatively, more productively.  One easy step is to lessen your TV watching hours today.

3.  Clear your mind of distractions.

One good way to avoid the Monday blues is to take some time either before going to bed on Sunday night or early Monday morning to plan your day and your week.  A quiet time for self-evaluation, meditation and even prayer can help you focus on the things that really matter.  This is one way of getting your mind focused and ready for the rest of the day.  During the day, you may encounter several distractions – emails, Facebook updates from friends or Tweets, phone calls, etc. When you encounter these, remind yourself that you need to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Keep your mind focused on your short and long term goals and believe in your own capacity to do the things that you deem important.

4.  Exercise. 

One of the things that can really perk you up is physical activity.  If you think you can’t get motivated enough to go to the gym, start with a simple walk outside for a few minutes. Build the habit of waking up before anyone else, do some deep breathing and start your walk.  If you work at your desk the whole day, walk around the office, or do some stretching exercises. 

5.  Reward yourself.

Every time you have accomplished an item on your do-list done, tick it off and give yourself a pat on the back.  It may be a simple task such as taking the kids to school or packing a healthy snack for them. No matter how big or small your achievement is, feel good about it.  Find reasons to celebrate with a good dinner or a self-treat such as a good massage or a manicure.  If you find yourself working too hard, reward yourself with a well deserved holiday.

Although it is normal to experience times when your motivation is low, what is not normal is to constantly lack the energy or the drive to do anything. Remember not to lose sight of your goals.  Think of what can really make you happy and go for it!


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