3 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Yourself in Your Business

It’s happened to all of us; we’re on a deadline and we just can’t seem to motivate ourselves to finish a task. Maybe you’re burnt out, or the creative gods just aren’t smiling on you. But no amount of excuses will push that due date. You need motivation – fast! So here are three sure-fire ways to motivate yourself when you need that extra boost.

Treat Yo’ Self

Time and again, rewards have proven themselves an excellent motivation tool. But in today’s world, you can’t simply say, “Be more creative and I’ll reward you with a massage.” But you can build in a reward system so that every time you complete something you get something. So for every item crossed off your to-do list, give yourself something small like a quick walk outside. For every big project completed, go on a weekend trip.

Making rewards a habit will make those periods when you simply can’t do anything, fewer and farther between.

Expect Reset

A lack of motivation has all sorts of causes, but one sure-fire way to break through is to reset your expectations. Instead of setting out to complete a pitch deck, for example, give yourself 30 minutes to outline an introduction that is personalized to your prospect’s business. Instead of writing a 1200-word white paper, set out to outline the main points and gather research to reference.

Whatever the task, break it up into something that is small, manageable, and “easy.” This not only reduces the pressure of completing a mammoth task but also allows you to start getting invested in the project, which will increase your motivation all by itself!

Just Stop Already

The third sure-fire way to motivate yourself to work is to stop working. A break will give your overworked brain a much-needed reboot. Even if you’re on a deadline, stepping away from your desk is one of the best ways to help you reset, so you can work faster and with greater clarity and motivation than if you tried to muddle through unmotivated. Prevent getting burnt out in the first place by adding periodic breaks throughout your day.

Being unmotivated to work happens to everyone, whether you’re working from a home office or in a corporate cubicle. But building a reward system, resetting expectations, and taking a break are sure to get you back on track.

By Andrew Patricio

March 26, 2018