You wake up early with big plans for the day, but three hours later, you realise you haven’t achieved anything at all. Let’s remember that we all have days when we’re not at our best. It’s normal. However, if this happens often, you might have lost your motivation and passion.
It’s true that even the most passionate and motivated individuals can have days when they feel disconnected from their work. Feelings of grogginess, frustration, or even sadness can hinder our ability to be productive. We might manage to go through the motions, but we aren’t operating at our best or finding joy in what we’re doing.
What’s great is that even during your toughest times, there are psychological tricks that can help you motivate yourself.
If you are having a tough time motivating yourself, try these 5 mental hacks to help you regain your drive and passion:
1. Insinuous Motivation Will Help You
Motivation can be divided into two types: “extrinsic” (external) and “intrinsic” (internal). Extrinsic motivation comes from outside factors like deadlines set by a boss or the prospect of a bonus. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation stems from personal satisfaction or the desire for self-improvement, like learning a new skill for personal growth.
Extrinsic motivation often relies on conditional rewards, which can be effective for tasks that are straightforward and require physical effort. However, for tasks that are repetitive or creative, research suggests that such rewards can actually hinder performance.
Instead, it’s beneficial to focus on intrinsic motivation, which involves three key elements, according to author Dan Pink: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
2. Look At The Bigger Picture
When you feel your motivation waning, try to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. Consider the purpose behind your actions and how they contribute to your larger goals. This perspective can give you a sense of working on something greater than yourself.
3. Trick Your Brain
Hypnotherapist Chris Delaney says it’s best to trick your mind. He suggests you read this statement out loud: “I Love London in the Summer Time.”
Did you notice the repeated use of the word “the” in the sentence? It is likely that you skipped the error entirely. A similar trick can be used to make ourselves more motivated. Consider a task that you’ve been putting off. Do you find yourself envisioning the daunting nature of the task, the seemingly endless steps it demands, and the persistent fear of failure creeping in?
Such musings, fixated solely on the challenges and potential difficulties, overshadow the brighter aspects—the excitement of progress, the potential enjoyment, and the promising triumph awaiting you.
Rather than giving in to this negative spiral, redirect your focus to the more optimistic parts. By tricking your brain into liking the task itself, you are likely to feel more motivated to get it done.
4. Ditch The Overthinking
Overthinking a simple task can end up making things harder than they really are. Instead of just doing it, you end up spending too much time worrying about things that probably won’t even happen.
This can make you feel more stressed and anxious. Research shows that when you’re constantly stressed, it can actually shrink your brain. On the other hand, when you’re calm, you can concentrate better and find solutions more easily.
The best way to stop overthinking is to make sure your goals are easy, small, and doable. Start by dividing your goals into smaller parts so that you can focus on doing one thing at a time.
5. Give Yourself A Day
Years ago, Google found that when they let their employees spend 20% of their time on creative side projects, it made them more productive, motivated, and sparked their creativity. Even though Google stopped the programme, other companies, like Apple’s Blue Sky, adopted a similar approach. But what if you work for yourself? You can do something similar by setting aside an hour each day to work on a project you’re passionate about, even if it’s not related to your work.
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