9 Tips For Productivity When You're Unmotivated
Unmotivated and unproductive - we have ALL been there. Feeling a lack of drive can make us feel as if we are unable to move forward to accomplish our goals. It’s that “stuck’ feeling we want to escape, but we don’t always know how. Here are 9 tips to give you extra encouragement to raise up out of that hole and inspire a new determination.
01 Change of Scenery
Changing your scenery can be a huge motivator by inspiring creativity and newness. Try changing a few items in your room, or maybe even go somewhere completely new. I love using a coffee shop to get work done or trying a different workout class at a gym. Changing your typical scene can spark productivity.
02 Mix up your Schedule
This one is huge. How often do our days seem monotonous and so scheduled? Mine is beyond regimented. Sometimes the biggest way to boost motivation is to change the order of your plan. Instead of working out in the morning, maybe you choose to do a night sweat session. If you typically work in the morning, try using the night as your period of work.
03 Blocking Time
When I am feeling unmotivated or distracted, I tend to create time limits and time blocks to accomplish one single thing. For example, when I study for my personal training certification I give myself 1 hour to work before I am allowed to pick up my phone or shift priorities. This encourages me to get everything I can do in the allotted time, knowing there is a break ahead.
My goodness, accountability is key to so many areas in life. It can come in a variety of forms such as creating lists, chatting with people you are close to, or even posting on social media. Accountability can encourage you to stick to your goals because you know another person is going to ask you about it. It becomes a commitment to others and to yourself.
Exercising releases endorphins which create feelings of happiness. Positivity and happiness seem to lead to more productivity and increased effort. Exercises can also boost your adrenaline levels giving you energy and raising your mood. When you don’t have motivation to workout, focus on simply beginning a workout - any workout - for a short period of time. Give yourself ten minutes to sweat. 9 times out of 10, your adrenaline will kick in and you will get energy to continue to workout for much longer than you originally planned.
06 New program
Maybe you really need to switch things up. Grab a new program and commit to finishing it. A program with pre-planned workouts or checklists can be so helpful to beginning and sticking with a plan. I just launched my Dumbbells & Devotions 2.0 guide that you can join now. It is 8 weeks packed with daily workouts, devotionals, and inspiring tasks. It is sure to encourage you when you need it most. Sign up here.
07 Find inspiration
I love taking a few minutes to scroll through social media to find some inspiration. If you’re lacking some drive to workout, click on your favorite fitness influencers and gain strength through their posts. If you’re dragging with work or just life in general, maybe you search for motivational quotes on Pinterest. If you feel brought down and in need of a pick-me-up to brighten your day, head over to the Bible and read encouraging scriptures. I love Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” and Ezra 10:4 “Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.”
08 Mood-boosting foods
A lack of motivation could be the cause of a poor diet or lack of certain vitamins. To keep your body functioning well, try taking supplements like b12, b6, amino acids (proteins), and omega-3 fatty acids. These can raise energy levels, increase your brain’s ability to focus and function, support the nervous system, and reduce stress.* Recommended foods that are known to boost your mood include dark chocolate (go for 70%+ cacao), salmon, and dark leafy greens like spinach and kale.
09 List Positive effects
Positivity can change your entire perspective. When you lack motivation, list three positive outcomes of doing the very thing you are least motivated to do. If you cannot find a drive to workout, list three reasons why working out will benefit you (such as adrenaline boost, happy with yourself after, you feel good doing it, stick to your goals, etc.). Positivity can have a ripple-effect into other ares of your life as well.
I hope these help boost your productivity and give you that extra motivation to keep moving forward. You are so worth believing in yourself, pushing yourself, and loving on yourself daily. Run after your goals and trust the process.