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10 Quick & Easy Ways How to Increase Your Motivation ASAP

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So you want to increase your motivation? Let’s face it, we’ve all been there – times when we know we have a ton of things to do, but we just don’t feel like doing them. You know this feeling. You know that to reach your goals, to get the results you want, and to live a better life, you need to do it. But somehow, you just can’t seem to bring yourself to get started.

If this is happening to you, well, it’s normal. It’s just human psychology at work.

Remember, your goals/results that you want are in the distant future. However, when it comes to taking action, we’re talking about doing the work right now.

This creates a discrepancy in your mind. You know what you want and you know what you need to do, but you just can’t find the motivation and the energy to do it.

So what should you do then? Should you procrastinate and put things away until when you have the motivation?

It is true that motivation comes and goes, but you don’t have to really put everything on motivation. You do something to change your mood, your energy level, and to increase your motivation when you don’t have much.

Here are the 10 ways how you can boost your drive and get things done, ASAP:

1. Identify one small task and do it now

Identify one small task and do it now

Not all tasks are created equal. Some tasks require a huge chunk of your time and energy, while other tasks can be quick and easy to complete. So when you don’t have the motivation, you can always choose to start with the smaller tasks that are easy to complete first.

The point is that you want to put yourself in motion. You want to build up the momentum by taking action, small actions.

When you have gained momentum and the motivation comes, guess what, you can then focus and do the bigger tasks that you put off in the first place.

It happens to me often. When I’m feeling no motivation to write a blog post, I will choose to finish off my other smaller tasks first, such as updating Facebook page or create Pinterest images.

Once I’m in motion, I slowly build up the momentum. And after I finished the smaller tasks, I’m already in the action mood that allows me to get the bigger tasks done.

Now, you don’t have to do a different smaller task if you don’t want to. If the big task is important to you and you need to get it done right away, but you don’t have the motivation to do it, here’s what you can do – break the task down into much smaller pieces.

You want to act on the smaller actionable tasks to build up your momentum. So, by disintegrating your bigger task into smaller ones, it lowers your resistance to doing them.

That’s how you manage your work/tasks.

You redesign your work in such a way that it increases your motivation so that you don’t have to struggle to find the energy to do it.

2. Move and stretch your body

Move and stretch your body

Do you know that your motion creates your emotion? Your body language says a lot about your energy level. It affects not just the way you are perceived by other people, but also your psychology.

According to a TED Talk in 2012, Amy Cuddy, a professor from Harvard School of Business explained that non-verbal communication or body language is just as important as verbal communication.

When you change your physiology, you will change your mental state. As what famous Tony Robbins said in one of the articles on his website:

“Great physiology therefore, leads to great emotions, and that is one of the keys to getting unstuck. Foster a positive mental state and get unstuck by changing your physiology! This can be something as simple as standing up straighter and changing your posture or something more intensive like going on a jog to loosen up.”

In other words, when you are not feeling motivated or when you are in a lousy state, what you need to do to change your mental state is to change your physiology.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Stand up and do some simple stretches
  • Make a power pose for one or two minutes
  • Jump around and breath faster
  • Sit up straight and pose like you’re beaming with energy

Therefore, the next time when you feel sleepy or you don’t have the energy to do something, change your mental state by changing your physiology.

3. Take a short break and go do something else

Take a short break and go do something else

Another good technique to boost your motivation instantly is to take a short break. Yes, you read that right. Just take a short break and come back to the task later.

Well, you don’t have to take an entire day off. I’m suggesting you take like a 5 to 15 minutes break. Sometimes it is hard to find the energy when you’re stuck in the rut.

Hence, what you want to do then is to take a short break to do something else that is not related to the work that you want to get done.

You want to fully disconnect your mind from the work so that you can feel fresh and come back with higher energy.

One good way to take a break is to look at the green. According to this article from Buffer, colors make us think of certain things. Like why all sales signs are red. This is because red color tends to entice people to react faster and it creates attention.

And you know what color can boost your motivation and energy? Green.

Besides that, taking a walk is also a good way for a break. Do you know that walking can not only improve or maintain your overall health, but it can also lower your tension and boost your muscle strength and endurance?

Steve Jobs was famous for his walking-meeting. When you walk, your left brain is engaged. And that leaves a lot of time for your right brain to think and come up with creative ideas.

And after the walk, you will feel lighter, in a better mood, and you’re more ready to take on whatever work that you have at hand.

What if you don’t like to walk or look at the green? Just pick a book and read.

Read: 13 Creative Ways How to Take Short Breaks During the Day

4. Eat some chocolate, take a mint, or drink a cup of coffee

Eat some chocolate, take a mint, or drink a cup of coffee

Here’s another quick way how you can increase your motivation when you need to – eat some chocolates, mints, or drink a cup of coffee.

Take chocolate as an example, not only that it is delicious, it can also positively affect your brain. Eating chocolate increases the level of serotonin that promotes calm and it releases dopamine that elevates your mood.

The same can happen when you take a mint. Mint oil is often used in toothpaste. You feel fresh and clean after you brush your teeth, right? So taking mint has a similar effect. When you take a mint sweet, it refreshes you and your mind.

I bet you know about coffee. The caffeine makes you alert and feels more energetic. Coffee can increase your motivation as well as your productivity.

However, make sure you don’t over-eat the chocolate and the mint. And don’t over-drink coffee too.

Moderation is key. A little coffee and chocolate make you motivated and happy. Too much of coffee and chocolate can damage your health. The same goes for everything in your life. Too much of anything can be bad.

5. Build up your commitment and accountability

Build up your commitment and accountability

When you have no other options but to do it, you will do it. This is what usually happens to tasks with deadlines. You often find yourself having no motivation to do it until the last minute when you have no choice but to do it, you’ll do it.

Hence, create a commitment device to build up your accountability for the task.

For example, if when you don’t have the motivation to study or to exercise in the gym, invite a friend and do it together.

Make your friend your accountability partner. When someone is waiting for you in the gym, there is a higher chance you will show up and work out.

Making a public commitment can be a good move to boost your motivation too.

The next time when you don’t feel like writing the article or working on a project, call or email a friend. Tell him or her that you’re going to complete the task and by when. More importantly, tell your friend that you will send a copy of the completed work with him or her.

This way, you increase your commitment by putting your reputation on the line.

You can also make the commitment more powerful by making it difficult to break away. For example, give your friend $50. And if you complete the task, you can get it back, but if you don’t you lose that $50 to your friend.

If you want to learn more about creating your own commitment devices, read this article from Selfication.

6. Change your environment

Change your environment

Do you know that your environment plays a vital role in determining your energy and motivation?

When you work in a favorable environment, you tend to have higher energy and productivity. But if the environment is not favorable, you will find it hard to concentrate and you don’t feel like working at all.

Imagine if you want to read a book, but the environment is not suitable because it is too noisy. You will find it hard to focus on reading the book. You will want to do something else instead.

Working in a dark room or where the seat or the table is not comfortable will lower your drive too.

This is why the environment is important. Let me give you my example. Sometimes, when I’m feeling tired and no motivation due to facing my laptop for long hours in my office, I’ll switch the environment.

I will take my laptop and work in a nearby café in a more open and spacious area. The shift in the environment changes my mood.

You can do the same too. Whenever you feel no motivation, change your environment. Find a favorable environment that supports you and your work.

Read: 10 Tips How to Change Your Environment for Greater Motivation

7. Driven by the pleasure

Driven by the pleasure

Do you know that you can change your level of motivation by changing your focus? What you focus on, expands.

In other words, you can leverage on this by focusing on the pleasures. Think about all the rewards, successes, and the good things that you will get if you work on the task. This will make you feel good and raise your motivation.

If you don’t have the drive to write an article, think about why you must do it. Perhaps, you want to build a successful blog that earns you 6 figures a month. So thinking about having the money and enjoying the passive income from your blog will boost your motivation.

The key is to envision success and your dream. Think about all the pleasures you will receive when you achieve all your goals and accomplish all your tasks.

Let the good feeling pulls you. Let your vision drives you.

8. Driven by the pain

Driven by the pain

Similarly, you can get driven by the pains too. What will happen if you don’t do the work right now? And magnify the effect by fast-forwarding it to the next 5 years.

Do you want to live the same year again next year? Do you want to stay where you are and be broke as you are right now?

Let the pain of not taking action scares you into taking action. If you don’t exercise now, you can become fat and lack of energy. And in the future, people may laugh at you and you can’t fit into most of your clothes.

What if you don’t write the blog post right now? Well, it may seem like a small issue at this moment, but do you want your blog to stay the same next year? Do you want your blog to fail and you’re still getting nowhere?

Use the pain of not taking action to push you into taking action. Let your desperation drives you.

9. Listen to motivational music

Listen to motivational music

Here’s an interesting study from Asian Efficiency. According to one of their articles, a study was conducted by McGinn in 1995 which compared the performance of athletes who listened to the Rocky theme before a race to those who waited in silence.

Here’s what the study discovered:

“Although both groups had run the same time in the past, their results showed that the group that listened to Rocky music ran faster, had a quicker heartbeat, tense muscles, and lower anxiety levels than the runners who didn’t listen to any music.”

That means, your level of motivation can be affected by the music you listen to. So if you want to raise your motivation, just play some motivational songs.

Of course, you may not like the Rocky theme, but that’s okay because there is a lot of motivational music out there. You can find a lot of these music from Spotify and YouTube.

Finding motivational music that can inspire you is not that difficult. Just find a tune that you personally find stimulating, energizing, and activating.

Well, if the Rocky theme is not your taste, how about Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” or Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”?

For me, when I’m writing and doing creative work, I prefer to listen to non-lyrical music such as the one from Two Steps from Hell and Audiomachine.

So what is your preferred inspirational music?

10. Act like you are motivated

Act like you are motivated

You have heard the phrase, “fake it until you make it”, and I’m here to tell you that it works.

Sometimes, you really just need to fake like you have all the motivation and the drive you need, and then just plunge into your work. And the motivation will come.

A very good method that can help you do so is through affirmation. You chant the phrase like “I’m motivated and I forged ahead and ultimately, succeed!”

Keep repeating this phrase with energy for as many times as you need. You will discover that the energy will come.

After all, where you put your focus is where the energy goes. So when you repeat your affirmations, you are focusing your energy there. It makes you motivated.

In fact, affirmations work just like a pep-talk. You notice that before basketball or football players start a game, the players gather around and do their routine pep-talk, right? It boosts their confidence and motivation to win.

And affirmations have the same effect. What you think is what you become. So if you constantly think about taking action and success, guess what will you do and what will you achieve?

Thus, next time when you lack motivation, do your affirmations and fake it until you make it.

Read my previous article:

How To Make Your Affirmations Work – The 5 Simple Rules To Follow

Conclusion

We are all humans. And being human means we are susceptible to our moods. When we feel tired and no motivation, we want to procrastinate and not do the work.

But it doesn’t have to be this way always. You can take control of your life and do something to overcome this situation. You don’t have to always rely on your motivation to do things.

Follow the 10 ways above to increase your motivation as soon as possible so that you will have the drive to get things done.

If you want to be successful, you can’t allow yourself to be affected by your mood and state all the time. You need to take charge of them.

Use the techniques above and do the work even when you don’t feel like doing them. That’s how you can achieve your goals and create the results you want.

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About Shawn Lim

I'm a blogger, writer, and also an internet entrepreneur. If you want to learn more about me, kindly go to the About page. By the way, have you downloaded your FREE copy of Active Goal Setting? Don't forget to do so. :)

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