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How to Stay Motivated

Procrastinate Wisely

Procrastination gives you a break which is a good thing for your brain

If you become distracted, it can be your brain’s signals that you should have a break. However, if you procrastinate all the time and don’t accomplish your daily tasks, it means that you should change something.

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How to Stay Motivated

How to Stay Motivated

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Money Doesn’t Motivate

Many people think money alone will be enough to motivate them, and whilst that may do so initially, it’s very hard to sustain financial motivation if the work you are doing actually drags.

At the beginning of your path of achieving goals, you should define what really matters.

Change Your Routine Location

A new place makes your brain work in a fresh way and you’ll achieve the necessary results faster.

Our brain can get used to a routine, even to places and you work on autopilot. Of course, you’ll accomplish your tasks but they will not be creative. 

Exercise

If you realize that you stuck, go for a walk. Fresh air helps to step away from everything and refocus on your tasks. 

Spending a few minutes outdoors can also help you have better mental clarity.

Find Inspiration

It’s necessary to surround yourself with people who can motivate and inspire you to work hard.

Youtube videos are very useful for this purpose because it’s easier to get the main idea by visual information.

Celebrate Accomplishments

Rewards are an essential part of the motivation. 

Reward yourself every time when you reach your goal whether it’s big or small.

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