When work is piled as high as a mountain and deadlines loom, motivation and gaining forward momentum can prove tough, to say the least.
As Sir Isaac Newton explained, bodies at rest tend to stay that way, but once they’re in motion stopping them is no easy feat.
So, how can those facing a slump in activity get their wheels turning? The reality is that motivation often requires a little seeking out.
After all, even some of the world’s most talented, driven people have had to find their own muses from time to time.
Here are seven tricks that can help motivate action so a body at rest can get moving and gain the momentum required to tackle whatever tasks lie ahead:
1. Define Goals Clearly
When the end game is clearly defined, getting from Point A to Point B becomes a lot less daunting.
This simple step takes those obstacles in the middle and makes them seem less challenging since the focus shifts toward attaining the goal rather than the difficulties involved with the work in the middle.
2. Get the Blood Flowing
Long stretches of work can take their toll on motivation levels.
Get up, take a walk, move around and get the blood flowing.
Even a short break can recharge the batteries and inspire action, especially if the goals are clearly defined.
3. Develop and Maintain Good Habits
Doing something over and over again through force of will alone is tough.
When the action becomes a habit, however, motivation is easy to find.
The key here is starting by developing small, beneficial habits.
Those interested in improving fitness level, for example, might start by taking short walks.
For those with a big project at hand, learning to work in brief, but highly focused spurts can get forward momentum going.
Repeat the actions over and over again until they become as ingrained as breathing and then add on to them.
4. Do Some Research
Before tackling a big project, take the time to research it fully.
This will help ensure expectations are firmly planted in reality while also helping identify difficulties that might stand in the way of attainment.
By knowing what to expect beforehand and understanding the challenges ahead that initial burst of enthusiasm is more likely to be there throughout a project.
5. Get Others Involved
When possible, enlist other people to help or to provide “peer pressure” for motivation.
It’s much easier to maintain motivation when someone else is involved.
This can serve as well for work-related endeavors as it does for those seeking to spend more time at the gym.
After all, hard work with a buddy along for the ride doesn’t seem as difficult.
6. Stay Fit and Healthy
When there’s a big project to tackle, not staying fit physically can prove to be a huge downer for motivation.
Be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat right, and consider a regular exercise routine to keep the body operating at its prime.
When the body’s healthy and fit, it’s a lot easier to maintain motivation and focus.
7. Finish a Task … Any Task
Quite often the hardest part of facing and finishing a big project or goal is simply getting started.
With that in mind, complete any task related to the effort – big or small.
Once that first step is taken, motivation levels are likely to rise right along with a sense of accomplishment.
Motivation isn’t always easy to find, but there are ways to elevate its level.
Try some of these tricks to stay motivated, and keep goals clearly defined.
Stay fit and healthy and consider simply completing small tasks to gain momentum in the right direction.
Before long that first goal will be met and it will be time to move on to bigger and better things.
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