Motivation can be a tricky beast to master, but there are things you can do to make it easier. Here’s how to get motivated when you don’t want to do anything.
How to Get Motivated When You Don’t Want to Do Anything
I’ve found that are two main ways to get motivated to take action – in any area of your life – when you don’t feel like it:
Either start with the easiest task first, or the hardest.
It depends on the situation, but sometimes it helps to start with teeny tiny little baby steps and slowly build up momentum over time. Open a new tab with the website. Open your email account. Get out your journal. Put your running shoes beside the door. Get out of bed. Etc. You can actually make a lot of progress by taking small steps every day over a long period of time. And sometimes when you don’t want to do anything, it’s best to stick with small, non-intimidating actions so you don’t get overwhelmed.
But on the other hand, sometimes starting with the most difficult, dreaded task is the best way to quickly get rid of the big bottleneck that’s preventing you from making progress.
Mark Twain said:
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Of course, you don’t have to literally eat a live frog ;), but if you start with your worst task for the day, then you get it done with early and you feel great the rest of the day because regardless of what else you get accomplished, you’ve already been productive and tackled your worst task.
I find listening to a motivational music playlist is a good way to get the initial burst of motivation needed to take your first action – whether that’s on an easy first step or tackling your most difficult project first. Music can definitely change your mindset and outlook in the moment.
Would you rather start with the easiest tasks first or the most difficult? 🙂