Have you ever been in a slump? That's a rhetorical question; because of course, you have! We all lose steam sometimes, but even when you're moving at sloth speed, the world keeps spinning, and things need to get done; like, now. The next time you find yourself tempted to succumb to the vicious cycle of procrastination, try these tactical steps to help get yourself back on track...PRONTO!
Reassess Your To-Do list
Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed, it can lead to a major lack of motivation. Instead of feeling defeated, take this opportunity to determine what takes precedence on your to-do list. Prioritize the projects that need to be completed immediately, and cut yourself some slack and sideline the projects that don't. By minimizing your workload, you'll also reduce your stress level; which will allow you to work more calmly and efficiently.
Get Pumped Up
Inspiration sparks motivation, so take the time to get yourself pumped up before you attempt to tackle a task. Put on some uplifting music, get your endorphins elevated with some cardio, or listen to a powerful sermon. Do whatever it is that puts you in a positive head-space. Sometimes we can start to feel unambitious when we disregard our own desires. Instead of ignoring your need for stimulation, honor your ambitions by giving your mind and body the tools it needs to succeed.
Ask for Help
Let's face it; sometimes we avoid asking for help because we hate admitting that we need it. As much as we want to believe we can do it all, sometimes we can't; and it's okay to ask for assistance! Although your responsibilities aren't for anyone else to undertake, It's okay to get help with side tasks so you can tackle your time-sensitive projects. Ask your sister to walk your dog, see if a coworker is willing to take your shift, or get a friend to babysit your kids. Use your resources and reach out to the people that want to see you succeed; chances are, they'll be happy to help.
Do you frequently find yourself spending what's supposed to be your productive time scrolling on Instagram? Silence your phone and switch to airplane mode. Are your friends trying to convince you to partake in Taco Tuesday despite knowing you're working on a time-sensitive task? Firmly and politely decline. It's essential to eliminate all distractions that are deviating your focus. Success takes a healthy amount of sacrifice, but the accomplishment you'll feel when you complete your task will be well worth the momentary discomfort.
Sometimes, the only way to get through it is to go through it. Break down big projects into smaller milestones to help make your mission seem less daunting. Set small and tangible goals to ensure that you're making measurable progress. Make to-do lists, set timers, and commit yourself to completing the project. After all, motivation isn't always about convincing yourself to want to do difficult things; sometimes it's simply about pushing yourself to do them anyway.
Written By: Sera Ansardi