Staying motivated all the time is the hardest thing to do. There are days when you feel like you are not being productive enough, and that no matter what you do, it’s all going to be for nothing.
Well, News flash…
May be it is for nothing. Or maybe it’s not….
You never know!
Like ripple effect, tiny things you do now, may have a huge impact on you and other’s lives in the future. But you don’t know it just yet. And that’s how its going to be. You may be like the butterfly that flapped its wings in New Mexico and was completely unaware that it had brought about a hurricane in China (The Butterfly effect).
So keep going and here are few things that you can do to get your motivation back on track.
1. Take a break
Sometimes, I am so against taking breaks. I assume (for some lame reason), that every minute spent not being productive is somehow going to leave me behind in the race. I begin to compare myself to all the successful people and feel more demotivated. I end up feeling that I’m not persistent as them, or network much, or pursue as much, or wake up early morning and slog my ass off… yada yada yada. At the end of it all, I work myself up to an extent where I feel sick to the gut. So, calm the hell down first and take time to unwind. It is definitely worth it! Because, then you can strike back with a lot more force and energy and do much better than if you were to go on & on despite the mind and body’s exhaustion.
2. Watch motivational movies
Sometimes, the best way to unwind is watch movies. To be lost in a world that is different from yours. While you are unwinding you body and mind, you can also watch a movie that is super motivating. Usually there is something good to learn from every movie. Focus on those and that could be your productive time too. Sometimes an outside influence is just what you need to get your act together.
Some good motivational movies are:
- Life of Pi
- Pursuit of Happiness
- Million dollar baby
- Steve Jobs
- Rocky Balboa
- The great gatsby
- Shawshank Redemption
3. Cry when you feel like a loser
This happens quite often with me. When I feel low, I just feel lost and hazy. That’s ‘coz the tears of disappointment and frustration are brewing hot inside me. But they somehow fail to pour down. You know what… dwell on your sadness to such an extent that you let go those tears of frustration that you had held back. They need a vent, a release. Some people may need to vent it out in other ways though, like scream, yell, box a punching bag. Whatever it is just release that stress. And you will feel better.
(Caution- Please don’t kill someone on that pretext).
4. Do something you are good at
I’m good at writing and I feel really accomplished when I write something good or of some value. When I started writing this article, I was very much demotivated. Now that I’ve reached halfway through this article, I feel a lot better. And I know I’ll feel much better when it’s complete, edited and posted. So, in short, do something that you are good at and that gives you the confidence to go out and conquer the world.
5. Consume motivational books and talks
Youtube is filled with motivating stuff, if you are not much of a reader. The videos are enough to get you all fired up and motivated. They are always my go-to methods for everyday motivation. Also, sign up on medium and subscribe to a few publications that are dedicated to posting articles by successful writers who write about their personal experiences and motivate the shit out of you.
Some Motivational Books:
Motivational talk: This one
and all that you can find among suggestions
6. Learn something
The day I don’t learn any thing, is the day I feel most wasted. One of the best ways to help your productivity cycle is to learn something. There are unlimited courses on Coursera and Udemy that you can choose from. Also, subscribe to Highbrow
. They are pretty helpful in getting you some insightful information.
7. Meet your trusted ones, have a drink, and consult
Replenish! Your emotional needs… need to be met! Go out, have some fun, vent out your thoughts, have a drink. Yes… Get drunk if that helps you. What ever keeps your boat afloat. Just one thing… try meeting someone who is doing better than you or who is wiser. Remember you need to feel motivated. Meet anyone who you think can do that. It’s totally upto you.
8. Let some time pass
So you still don’t feel good? Neither do I btw. Best way is to just wait it out. Keep repeating the above steps and sure thing the motivation will be back.
Your lifecycle is like that of a four stroke engine- with Intake, Compression, Power and Exhaust.
Right now you are in the Exhaust phase. Intake a lot of information, learning and motivation from extrinsic sources. Compress them inside your mind and form key strategies and plans. And then, in the Power Cycle, go all out and be productive.