If you're not motivated, you're more likely squander your time and neglect your personal and professional goals. So, what can you do?
- Set goals. You should start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Make sure to make those goals both realistic and achievable or else you'll feel frustrated and give up.
- Make weekly checkpoints to track your progress. You should see how much you accomplish in one week. This will allow you to see how close you are from achieving the goal.
- Reward yourself every time you achieve your weekly goals. Think about something you really like doing and do it. This will allow you to celebrate the fact you reached your weekly goals but it will also help you stay motivated for the next week.
- Staying motivated is a marathon, not a race. If you go to fast or push too much, you'll burn. So, make some breaks along the day, while keep focused when you're working.
- Don't dwell on failure. We all have good weeks and we all have bad weeks. You're not going to accomplish your weekly goals every time. So, when you don't reach them, don't be too hard on yourself. Take it as a lesson and try to complete your next target before time, so you can use the saved time to complete the pending work.
- Have a strategy, but be prepared to change course. You may have defined a strategy to the last detail, but there are some variables you just don't control.
- Stay positive. It's pretty hard sometimes but motivation goes hand in hand with positivity. Just keep your head up and push forward.
- Listen to music. Some people find this highly relaxing and motivating. Usually, people prefer classic music in the background.