6 Ways to Overcome Lack of Motivation.

Everyone struggles with motivation issues at one point or the other. Whether you are having a hard time finding the motivation to do your laundry or work on a business pitch.

Thing is, we all get into slumps.

It is how we choose to deal with it that matters, however.

In this article are 6 ways to help you get back on track.

Now let’s get to the gist of it.

1. Remind yourself why you started.

Whenever you find yourself lacking the motivation to do a task, the best trick is to remind yourself why you started or why you want to start. 

 It’s quite simple.

Just honestly fill in these gaps:

– I want to do this job because…

 – I started doing this because…

Did you find a reason? Yeah! That’s enough motivation to keep going.


Go back and fill those gaps to find your ‘why’ before reading the next one.



The next one:

2. Manage your to-do list.

I’ve always been honest with you, so as now. 

To-do lists are good; they keep you on track. But having a long to-do list will leave you feeling pressured and unmotivated. 

You’ll agree that it’s quite tough to feel motivated when chores on your to-do list are overwhelming, right?

How then do you solve this?

Take a look at your to-do list and determine if it’s too long. If so, get rid of tasks that are not too essential. 

You might even want to move some tasks to another day and that’s fine.

Move the most important things on the list to the top, and get started with one shot at it.

As a result, you might start to feel more motivated to get to work.

3. Reward yourself when you complete tasks.

Who else loves Cola? Gather here for a selfie.

I buy myself Cola whenever I finish a job or I steal one from my Mama’s freezer.

Right, what was I saying?

Yeah, reward yourself for working. Meaning, treat yourself to a small reward for your hard work. You might find that focusing on the small rewards keep you motivated to do the chore.

Experiment with a few different strategies until you find one that works for you.

Just make sure your reward is not sabotaging your efforts. We don’t want to decrease the motivation in the long term, right?

4. Find it from others.

Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated and you need that jumpstart from others. Getting inspired by others can be in form of podcasts, YouTube videos, Instagram posts, and Tweets. You can also absorb motivation from your loved ones, your favorite Instagram accounts, or TV shows.

I’ve found that doing this motivates and inspires me to work harder and smarter, and it can do the same for you.

5. Pair a dreaded task with something you enjoy.

Doing the dishes is every last child’s greatest pain and it’s a task I dread doing. But I’ve found listening to my favorite music a perfect way to walk through that task.

Here are some other tricks I use for tasks I dread:

– Whenever I have to run errands, I go with a friend.  

 – I procrastinate a lot (nahhh, I’m not proud of it.) and whenever I find myself doing that, I read β€”just  to make the time being wasted productive, and to find the needed motivation.

  – I dread cooking but listening to audiobooks makes it enjoyable.

Boost your mood by adding a little fun to something you are not motivated to do. You might even find yourself looking forward to doing the task since it’s been paired with something fun.

It can work for you too. Pair a task you dread, or one you know you might procrastinate doing, with something you enjoy and feel the magic.

6. Stay optimistic.

When you are struggling with motivation, you will likely find many reasons to not take any action.

You might think: “It’ll not turn out well” or “It’ll be too hard” or “Someone else might be better.” These types of thoughts will leave you in the same spot.

Stay optimistic instead. Try arguing the opposite. Forget the “what if it doesn’t?” and focus on the “what if it does?” 

When you think you might fail, argue all the reasons why you might succeed.

Developing a balanced outlook will make you more motivated to try.

There are other ways to overcome lack of motivation too, such as:

– Surrounding yourself with people with similar goals.

– Going on a walk with nature.

– Making your tasks “habits”.

– Practicing self-care by being kind and compassionate to yourself.

– Working with an accountability partner.

– Visualize yourself completing the task.

Each way may not work for you, but try to find at least one that you can start practicing.

But then, no be me go tell you wetin you go do.

Because forget motivation, let’s face it,

 We all just want to sleep.

Now imagine after reading all these, you still don’t leave me a comment…

Edited by Daniela Obike.

24 thoughts on “6 Ways to Overcome Lack of Motivation.

  1. These are all great ways πŸ‘Œ
    Here is one more: (just start, motivation will find you when you’re almost halfway through the task) Mark Manson’s hack. Last resort though.

    Am I the only person who sometimes enjoys doing dishes?!πŸ€”

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    • Thank you, Derrick.

      I sometimes enjoy doing dishes too, the craziest ideas come to me then. Same with doing the laundry, so you’re not alone.βœŒπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ


  2. Remembering my why is so important. It’s what helps power me through the days when I doubt myself. And yes, more often than not, I just want to sleep, which is why it’s important not to trust my mind. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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