How to Get Things Done with No Motivation

How to get things done with no motivation. Struggling? Read these universal tips!

No Motivation. It’s a real problem, I know. I’ve been there so many times, and still there at times. Whether it’s motivation to work-out, clean your house, write a paper for school, or get some work done, I’ve been lacking it at times with the best of them.

However, with my journey as being a busy momma, I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way that has helped me beat the no motivation blues from time to time.

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How to get things done with no motivation. Struggling? Read these universal tips!

1. Write a To-Do List

And stick to it. This is way easier said than done.

What I’ve found is motivational for me, though, is having a to-do list prepared. When I know need to get things done the next day, I sit down before bed and write out a To Do List. I am super motivated by being able to check things off. Knowing what I need to get accomplished, and prioritizing the night before is helpful.

If you have a large number of tasks to get accomplished, think about which are most important, and write those at the top of the list.

Be realistic about the amount of work you can get done.

2. Find Like-Minded People (and Get Support)

I don’t know about you, but I do better when I have people around me that understand what I’m going through, and can relate to me. This is why support is key, in anything when you have no motivation especially.

This can apply to anything: Losing weight, motherhood, working from home, cleaning, etc.

These people do not have to be people in your own personal life, either. Starting a blog is not something anyone in my “real life” can relate to. That’s why I’m in several blogging community groups on Facebook. These are great places to ask questions, get opinions, and connect with people that understand blogging. I’m also in groups related to motherhood with toddlers, Beachbody groups for losing weight, and of course, Lularoe groups.

On Facebook, there’s a handy group search tool you can utilize. Just type in the topic. There are groups for everything you can imagine. Disney fans, Stay at home moms, Cleaning, Cooking, local groups, beauty tips, cars, weddings, arts and crafts, religion, entertainment, sports. Literally probably anything. Find your own clan!

Instagram is also a great place to get support. You can find like minded individuals using specific hashtags that relate to whatever you are trying to do. This again, can be motherhood, parenting, losing weight, studying, cleaning, etc. Anything you are trying to accomplish!

3. Turn on some Rocking Music

Music just gets me going. I literally cannot clean without music. The same is true for working, writing, and working out. I just have no motivation if I don’t have music.

Spotify has TONS of playlists and radio stations for any kind of mood. There are lighter stations for studying and concentration, rocking stations for cleaning and working out, and intense music for working. They have something for everyone – every genre, every decade.

Nothing gets me cleaning like a 90’s pop station! Throw on some NSYNC or Spice Girls and I’m there. When you have no motivation, try finding a perfect playlist to set the mood. Just listen to the music for a few minutes and try to get going!

4. Setting a Time

If it’s a smaller – once a day type task, like working out, that has you with no motivation, pick a certain time of day that you will ALWAYS complete this task. For me, working out at night is my jam. That’s just when it works for my life.

So, if you tell yourself that you are always going to work out at 8pm, for example, set an alarm on your phone. Make a date with yourself. Know that it’s time to get that task done. Use that alarm to get you going if you have no motivation.

5. Think About Why

Why are you even doing this task? If you can’t answer that, this is likely the source of your “no motivation” rut.

I know, for mundane tasks (like cleaning) it is probably harder to answer this question. But, try to connect the task with the end result.

Working? Making Money.

Cleaning? A clean, good smelling house.

Working out? Weight Loss. The scale.

Envision how your life is going to improve once you get this task done. 

6. Visualize Why

If you are still having a hard time connecting the task with the end result (reward), then search instagram or pinterest for some inspiration.

Read blog posts relating to the topic, watch Youtube videos, or search a hashtag. Visualize that end result as yourself.

Create a mood board on Pinterest.

You can easily do this by creating a secret board.

How to get things done when you have no motivation. Creating a mood board on pinterest

Now, turn on that special playlist, put on some headphones, and just pin what your heart desires. Try to do this uninterrupted for 30 minutes.

If you are trying to lose weight, pin motivational images with quotes, your ideal weight loss goals, and tips to lose weight. This really helps you visualize the outcome of your actions.

7. Schedule, schedule, schedule

If you are busy, like me, you probably don’t have a lot of time to waste. Therefore, we really can’t let motivation get in the way of our goals.

A daily planner with an hourly schedule helps me to stick to what I’m supposed to be doing. I try to sit down on Sundays and plan out what I need to do for the week. This is relating to my workouts, what we will have for dinner each night, and my blog activities.

I try to make sure that I have enough time for each activity, not overbooking myself – and spreading my to-do list throughout the week. More important tasks, or things that cannot wait, obviously get booked towards the beginning of the week.

Also, don’t forget to schedule time to relax and take a break 😉

8. Break Tasks Into Smaller Tasks

Sometimes, thinking about a large task can just make us run the other way. If you have a large project, such as organizing your house, to accomplish, think about ways to break this up into smaller activities.

Maybe one Saturday, you block out two hours to work on your entry way closet. When it’s time to work on it, throw on your favorite playlist, look up organization ideas on Pinterest, and get to work. You are rocking out, and inspired. Set an alarm on your phone and don’t stop until it goes off. Give yourself a snack and a drink to keep you going as well.

You can also think about fun ways to get your household involved. If you are cleaning, have a dance party while getting your chores done!

9. Get Enough Sleep

Plan to get enough sleep. Everyone is different, so I’m not here to say that you need 8 hours of sleep. You know your body best, and how it functions the best. Always plan to get enough sleep each night, especially during the work week.

I know this is easier said than done, especially with babies and children. If you have a newborn, it will get better – trust me! (My daughter is 2.5 and sleeps around 11 hours now each night!)

10. Share your Goals with Others

This kind of goes back to tip number 2 (finding like-minded people). But share your goals with family and friends. Sharing creates accountability. If I tell my family that I am going to be working on losing weight, and I show up at Christmas the same weight – well, you know how that conversation might go.

Telling people your goals, and allowing them to share your successes with you, will keep you accountable for your actions and motivated to keep going.

This is especially true with losing weight. I have found that accountability is everything. My fiance knows that I will be working out each and every night. If I don’t feel like working out, he encourages me and reminds me of my goal. Honestly, it’s not that he cares if I workout or not, but he wants me to be happy and reach my goals.

This is true of your friends and family – or those people you found in your new group. People (good people) want to see you succeed. They want to celebrate your successes with you, and will encourage you along the way. You might even be providing them with some motivation without even knowing it!

11. Don’t Compare

This is a big one for me. When I have no motivation, I think about ways I can be a better version of ME. Don’t spend time comparing yourself to others. While it’s great to see other people succeed, and do the things you wish you could do, don’t allow that to drag you down.

Think about your competition as yourself. You are striving to be a better version of yourself, better than you were yesterday. Everyone is different and experiences life in a different way. You may not have the same advantages as other people, but as long as you are making your own progress, you’re becoming a better version of yourself.

Think about tomorrow – not yesterday. Focus on where you’re going, not where you are at or where you’ve been. Envision the life that you are after, whether it is just a clean house, or creating a business.

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12. Personal Development

I recently have been sucked into the personal development world and I couldn’t be happier about it. The first book I’m reading is You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. While I am not finished with this book, I’m already thinking about myself in a new way.

Taking time to focus on yourself is important. We have all kinds of untapped potential, just waiting to be released. We are usually held back by some deeper thoughts, that we do not even know are there.

These are some books that I’ve got on my “To-Read” List: (let me know if you’ve read any of these!)

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
How to Win Friends & Influence People
Think and Grow Rich
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
The Power Of Positive Thinking

13. Take a Break

If you are still struggling with no motivation, maybe it’s time to take a break from that task to find your passion once again. You know the quote – “distance makes the heart grow fonder.”

I know this is meant to describe relationships – but you have a relationship with your task as well. I’m not saying to forget all about cleaning your house all together.

Just take a short break, do something you enjoy. Take a bath, read a book, shop, go play video games. Whatever it is that makes you happy.

Then come back to your difficult task!

 

How do you stay motivated when you just aren’t feeling it?! Let me know in the comments!

 

Helping others is truly my passion. I’m Andrea, a 28-year-old working momma to one toddler. I love connecting with other mommas to share tips and tricks and maybe a laugh or two along the way. Email me at andrea@thatbusymomma.com

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6 Comments

  1. Breaking tasks down is so important to getting things done. Sometimes just doing little bits at a time is the difference between procrastinating and checking something off your list!

  2. These are all great tips! Lately I’ve noticed the things on my to do list that never get checked off are the ones I least want to do. For the ones that don’t get done, I try to prioritize them the next day and do them first before anything else. It always feels good to get the unfun stuff done and off my list!

    1. Thanks Mary! Doing the unfun stuff first is a great idea. I like tackling a more difficult tasks first too. It gives me some sense of accomplishment and momentum for the rest of the day.

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