3 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re Not
I was at the gym today for the first time in a long while. To tell the truth I haven’t been motivated to do much of anything lately. It seems like the winter slump (did I make that up?) got the best of me. As someone recovering from being perpetually over scheduled, I’ve invited some much needed rest into my life over the past year. But there are some days where I feel downright lazy. That was never a word I would use to describe myself and frankly I’m not okay with it!
As I got a few minutes into my workout and the endorphins started kicking in, I realized that it only takes a little activity to get me going, but staying committed is quite harder. I would need something to keep me accountable and something to kickstart my motivation to get moving again! Spoiler: this is not a post about working out. It’s about pulling myself out of the hole, feeling good, and sticking to something. So with that I decided to bring back Motivational Monday to the blog!
I’m going to spend some time each weekend to plan the week ahead and reflect on the previous week. Here are three ways I plan to get motivated this week.
1) Commit to something
Join a group, volunteer, or sign up for a class. Don’t do it for the sake of doing it, but make sure it’s something you actually care about! Setting some time aside each week to give back or be part of something will help you to be more outwardly focused and give you more purpose. If we get too caught up in ourselves and our day to day monotony, eventually we become a little too comfortable. This can lead to boredom or even worse, depression.
Being part of something gives you accountability. I’m not the best with commitments, but one thing I’ve committed to over the past 2 years is being part of my Saturday morning running group. This group has kept me accountable to both my fitness and my spiritual life. We get together for a 30 minute run and then talk about some of life’s deeper questions over coffee and croissants. It was in this group where I met the other half of this blog and now dear friend, Mario. Some of those Saturday morning conversations we had are what sparked the idea to start The Daily Croissant! Creating a blog was something I always wanted to do, but being part of a supportive and caring group of people is what gave me the push to put my dreams into action!
Committing to bring you motivational Monday blog posts is keeping me accountable to send you all something that I also want to do for myself. The goal is to get involved with something that brings you joy or motivates you to get up and do something! This could be a running group, a series of fitness classes, a 30-day challenge of some sort or maybe even learning a new language. Don’t put it off any longer. What moves you? Go out and get involved in something that excites you!
2) Set a goal for the week
What is a small scale goal that you have? Choose one thing you want to accomplish this week and write it down. This could even be connected to the first tip I gave: write down the thing you want to commit to. Start small. I’m sure you’ve heard about SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). This framework will help you to narrow down your focus so that you can actually achieve what you set out to do.
My goal for the week is to schedule time for the things that really matter (this is not a SMART goal). Here is a revision of it and the breakdown: Schedule and dedicate three hours each week to writing a new motivational Monday blog post. This is more specific and measurable in that I give myself a timeframe for what I want to accomplish, I write it down, and set the time aside that I’ll need to do it. It’s attainable and realistic because 3 hours is a reasonable amount of time outside of my work day to dedicate to this task. Finally, it’s timely because I know it has to be ready for Monday each week.
3) Get active
Rounding out this list is the very thing that got me motivated to write it. After a week or so of not working out, I was feeling sluggish. I had had enough of that and knew I needed to get moving. Less than five minutes into my workout I already started feeling a surge of energy that got me inspired to get sh*t done. It may very well be that you have to binge on Netflix for 5 hours before you can peel yourself out of bed and actually make it to the gym, but having an active lifestyle will motivate you in more ways than one.
Getting active will increase your endorphins and start to get rid of negative thoughts and feelings of laziness. In fact, activity breeds more activity. Having an active lifestyle starts to become a routine once you’ve given it a few days of your week. Commit to doing something active for a certain number of days each week. Then do it again the following week. By the third week tack on an additional day and before you know it you’ll have a month’s worth of activity!
Getting over the hump is the hardest part, meaning some days you will literally have to drag yourself to the gym. See tip #2: Set a goal for the week. Plan out the days you will be active and reward yourself at the end of the week by checking off the days you went and celebrating the hard work you put in!
What motivates you? Please share some inspiration or tips in the comments below so we can help to keep each other motivated.
Have a great week!