How to stay motivated

How to stay motivated
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 10-03-2023

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Keeping your motivation levels high is a task. Sometimes it gets really difficult to stay motivated especially while working on a lengthy task. Do you feel a lack of motivation? Has procrastination become your habit? Do you want to encourage yourself?

Here is your self-help guide:

  • Have a proper routine
    Make a schedule or follow a timetable like we used to do in school times. This will help you stay organised and you don’t have to waste your time thinking about what to do.

  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
    Setting up a target is important but it is more important to set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound goals.

  • Track your progress
    Set sub-goals, basically divide your main target into small sub-goals. These sub-goals will help you track your progress. You may track it on a weekly or monthly basis, whatever suits you.

  • Reward yourself
    Rewarding yourself for the achievement of every sub-goal and main target will help you keep going. Rewards must be personalised like pampering yourself with a spa, shopping or movie outing, hanging out with friends, going on a lunch date etc.

A few other small accommodations which have significant outcomes include:

  • Staying away from distractions to keep your productivity levels high.

  • Making to-do lists

  • Getting a sound sleep for at least 7 hours daily.

  • Taking a properly balanced diet and not eating too heavily it will make you lazy.

  • Drinking ample amounts of water and liquid in other forms in order to keep yourself hydrated.

  • Keep taking breaks in between, if your work involves sitting in front of screens keep blinking your eyes.

  • You may also take a 20 minutes power nap to reenergize yourself.

  • Adding exercise/workout to your routine will help your body to stay active and flexible.

  • Challenging yourself to do better.

  • Try listening to motivational speakers.

In the end, it’s about turning your plans into action. Take small steps each day and keep going!


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