How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps


Do it especially when you know you're going to procrastinate. This means:

  • That you have to decide what you're going to do. Be clear about the timing of your tasks.
  • That you have to plan when and where you're going to do it.


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How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps


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Use the Chameleon Effect

When you lack motivation, sit next to a focused co-worker you don't know that well. This will help you because:

  • You feed off the other person's concentration: we tend to copy the posture, gestures, facial behaviors of people around us.
  • You'll try to be a good role model: we try to impress the people we know the least.
  • It gets you out of your usual environment.

Find An Accountability Partner

Imagine how you could transform your relationship with your vendors for example (accountant, lawyer, employees, etc.) by becoming accountability partners.


Do it especially when you know you're going to procrastinate. This means:

  • That you have to decide what you're going to do. Be clear about the timing of your tasks.
  • That you have to plan when and where you're going to do it.

Reconnect With Your Purpose

When you lack motivation, take some time to visualize the parts of your work that inspire you the most. 

Studies show that having a purpose leads to being happier at work, which leads to being more productive. If you do something you love, you'll have a reservoir of vitality to draw upon when the going gets tough.

Places That Spark Creativity

Similar to Steve Jobs's approach of holding walking meetings to get the creative juices flowing, try to go to an offsite place that inspires you to be creative and focused.

Take a Daily 15-Minute

Studies show that taking a walk (especially where there's nature involved) helps restore our brain's ability to block distractions because it allows our mind to wander.

Counterintuitively, mental fatigue isn't caused by the exhaustion of the part of our brain that focuses. It is actually caused by the exhaustion of the part that blocks distractions.

Work Out Before Hard Decisions

A consistent exercise regimen has a significant positive impact on willpower.

When you have a tough choice to make and execute, go to the gym for 30 minutes in order to get your heart rate up and feel more energized. 

Follow Through

Make follow-through a core value by developing an image of yourself as someone who follows through:

  • Promote your core value of follow-through to others. It will become much harder to not follow through.
  • Practice following through on all of your small commitments. These small actions build your identity too.

Get the Ripple Perspective

When you have a task that you don't enjoy, dedicate a few minutes to write down:

  • How the task fits into the bigger picture.
  • The impact on other people, dependent tasks, and clients.
  • How the task fits into your goals.
  • The long-term worst-case scenario of not completing it (for particularly mundane tasks).

Close Open Loops

Even if it goes against the most popular time management approaches, consider starting your day with working on tasks that are energy-sucking.

Take advantage of your most productive time of the day and force yourself to delegate it, delete it, or complete it. Once all of these open loops are closed, move on to the most important tasks of the day. 



Trim the fat

Multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities will overwhelm and prevent you from being productive.

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Measure your results

To assist you with measuring results instead of time, keep done lists to feel more motivated and focused.

Have an attitude adjustment

We are more effective at work when we have a positive attitude. 

good attitude at work will help you set standards for your work and ensure that you're taking responsibility for yourself.

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Clean up your workspaces

End the workday by taking a minute to tidy your desk, save everything you’re working on, and close of all your tabs and windows. Make sure your work app notifications are automatically snoozed outs...

Review your "to-done’s"

Boost your mood and motivation by taking the time to review your completed tasks at the end of each day.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to stay motivated and build momentum at work is to celebrate your progress.

The procrastination “doom loop”

Confront the things you’ve been putting off. If you keep putting things off, you'll feel guilty and that makes you want to avoid them even more. You will get stuck in the “doom loop” of anxiety and avoidance.
Break this loop by identifying the tasks that you’ve been avoiding, break them down into smaller tasks and schedule the next step for the following day.

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Having No Routine

Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.

Why You Need a Routine
  • It gives you structure, builds forward-moving habits, and creates momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don't have the strength to carry yourself.
  • Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. 
  • It lowers your reliance on willpower and motivation.
Start the day with a mantra

... to get you into a positive mood for the day ahead. Put your mind in a good state right away, because left unchecked it will try to tell you the things that are wrong.

Pick a phrase or question that resonates with you. It could be as simple as smiling and saying "thank you" out loud, acknowledging that you have been gifted with another day.

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