We’ve all had the days where we’re counting down until bedtime. Stress, fatigue, and other circumstances get to us, and it’s easy to lose your motivation. Fortunately, there are ways to make things a little easier. Here’s a few suggestions on how to stay motivated, even on the hard days.
1. Track your progress.
It’s always discouraging to feel like you’re not accomplishing anything. Try breaking down your projects into smaller tasks, and then mark them off as you accomplish them. There are lots of methods that work, like high-tech task apps, fancy bullet journals, or even just sticky notes. The satisfaction you get from visualizing your progress is sure to help you keep going.
2. Create a community.
You don’t have to do it alone! Make a support system with people who care about you. This is an effective way to make sure you power through to accomplish your goals. Studies have shown that people who report to someone about their exercise, for example, are many more times likely to actually do their exercise than people who don’t. So talk to someone! And who knows — maybe you can help motivate them too.
3. Reward yourself.
Sometimes you need to take a moment to recognize what you’ve done. If you’ve worked hard on a project for 20 minutes, try taking a 5 minute break to dance to your favorite song. If you gave that difficult presentation, reward yourself with a few minutes of playing a relaxing game. Moments like these can refresh you and help you work harder when you get back to the grind.
4. Smile more.
Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘till you make it. Fortunately, there’s evidence that the very act of smiling can help improve your mood. And even if you’re still struggling a little inside, your smile is sure to be contagious. Seeing how you can help other people is bound to help you be a little happier.
5. Drink Unimate!
This mood-enhancing drink can give you the pick-me-up you’re looking for. With its beneficial ingredients like chlorogenic acid and theobromine, Unimate is a guilt-free way to support natural energy, mood, and health. You’ll find that motivation in no time.
Now get out there, and make today great!