You know the days when you don't feel like doing anything? You wakeup and your bed is nice and warm but it's gloomy outside. I wouldn't go as far to say that I had Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) but I understand how hard it is to find motivation when it's gray outside. Heck, sometimes I even have a hard time getting things done when it's bright and sunny out. Do you know what I mean?
Here are five ways that help me get things done when I am not in the mood:
1. Organize your workspace.
When my workspace is a hot mess I cannot get anything done. Spend 15 minutes cleaning up your workspace/desk/table and you'll be able to focus better with a clean area.
2. Move your body.
I notice a difference in not only my productivity but also my mood when I get in some exercise. This doesn't have to be some crazy intense long workout, just maybe 20 minutes to get moving. Take a walk around the block or do some stretching. I like to exercise first thing in the morning, so I either layout my clothes the night before or I make my workout clothes my pajamas for an easy jumpstart in the morning!
3. Set reminders.
I’ll set an alarm reminder on my phone an hour ahead if I have an appointment so that I can focus on what I’m doing at the moment but still be able to get ready in time without constantly checking the time. I also set a reminder for when I need to start dinner which helps a lot, especially when I have already meal planned.
Note: You can use notifications on your digital calendar or use the alarm app that comes on your phone.
4. Create rewards for yourself. (Treat Yo Self!)
Set "mini-rewards" for yourself by going for a walk, watching your favorite show, reading a chapter in your book, try some new beauty tips, or whatever you like. Make it something that you will look forward to.
Something as simple as "After I finish this task, I'm going to take a break and ______________."
5. Write it down.
Write down your goals / priority list the night before. I personally like to write down my most important task first.
Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worse things that is going to happen to you all day long.
To-dos and tasks are pretty much little goals. So be sure, to write it down.
I started using a bullet journal and that really has helped me to keep all of my to-do's in ONE place! If you'd like to learn more about bullet journaling, this website, this post and these posts are a good place to start.
Bonus: Get creative.
Sometimes creating something with your hands on trying out something new will help you tap into your creativity. This is a great way to give you more motivation when you need to tackle your next task.
I've also created a lovely printable Weekly Calendar that you can download, print and use to organize your week and help you get back on track!
No need to worry about specific time blocks. There is plenty of space to make notes, write down your tasks, meal plans and etc.
FREE Download: Printable Weekly Calendar
When you’re feeling like you have no motivation at all, be sure to look at this list. It's a good go-to list to make you feel like you still accomplished something!