Everyone has moments at work or school where they feel unmotivated, annoyed or blocked—I’ve been there too. And if you’re feeling stuck, it can be really hard to get through the day and do what you need to do. In this video, I give you 5 awesome tips for how to do things you don’t want to do.
So, if you need help getting over a motivation-hump, try using the tips below to make your work at your job or in school more enjoyable.
This is something I have a knack for, I wanted to share my silly but super practical tips with you…
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1. Think about the things you like.
In college, I was always able to tolerate any professor by finding things I liked about the class. Not only that, but I also found myself trying to find things about the professors that I liked, and this enabled me to have fun in most of my classes. I eventually became confident that I would enjoy every professor and every class, and this is something that I’ve taken with me to this day.
2. Turn it into something creative.
I do this mostly at work. One example is dealing with reporting and analytics – I HATE IT. I find it tedious and horrible to pull reports, set goals, and then measure and keep myself accountable. But one way I was able to combat the horrible-ness was by turning the reporting into something creative. I make really pretty reports and I always add something special that makes me happy. My manager appreciates the creativity!
3. Remember how awesome you are even when stuff sucks.
At every job, I’ve always created lists of my accomplishments and things I’ve taught myself/learned as I go along. That way, even if my work isn’t getting reviewed, I can feel confident that I am doing a good job and making progress. I NEED affirmation and positive affirmation in order to function, so sometimes I just have to give it to myself. This is also a good thing to do to prepare yourself for future opportunities.
4. Involve fun people in your boring work.
If I’m stuck on something, especially if it’s something that’s not fun, I’ll involve other people from my team at work. If I can’t do that, I’ll even call up a friend and brainstorm.
5. Do the work/project in a fun or meditative place.
Finding somewhere lovely to work is always motivating. Changing my scenery helps me get out of a rut, and can also help my mood (which, in turn, helps my productivity usually…)
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