How to be Productive When You’re Feeling Unmotivated
Every single one of us is guilty of feeling unmotivated at work at one point or another. When a lack of motivation strikes, how can you get back into the work groove? Try these tips.
Revise Your Goals
Unrealistic goals are one of the top reasons people become unmotivated. They have a lot on their plate, and can’t seem to make their To-Do lists any shorter. If you find yourself in a similar position, try breaking down your to-do items into even smaller, more manageable tasks. That insurmountable feeling will disappear, and you’ll notice a renewed sense of motivation from finally getting through items on your To-Do list.
Limit (Social Media) Distractions
A study conducted by the University of California Irvine discovered that it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back on track after a single distraction! When you add up all the distractions you face in a single workday, the amount of time wasted can be significant.
One of the easiest ways to limit distractions is to limit notifications pushed to your computer or phone, particularly social media alerts. How many times have you picked up your phone to see any missed messages, only to end up 30 posts deep on Instagram? It happens to the best of us. So put your phone on Do Not Disturb while you make your way through a sprint of productivity.
If turning off notifications doesn’t break your habit of picking up the phone every few minutes, keep it locked up in your bag, desk, or anywhere outside of arm’s reach. Out of sight, out of mind.
Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to pop out of an unmotivated funk. If you’re running low on time and need just a quick pick me up, check out these motivational quotes. If you’re looking for something a little longer, check out this list of the 15 Best Autobiographies Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lives.
It’s not uncommon to feel unmotivated, especially this time of year. Colder weather and shorter days can often lead to a slump. But if your lack of motivation seems to run deeper, it might be time to examine why. If your slump is due to a lack of satisfaction with your current professional position, it might be time to look at a new job.