Each and every one of us has those days when we’re just not feeling it. We’re mentally and physically drained and not motivated; the last thing we want to do is crawl out of bed and tackle the day.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury to stay-in-bed all day. When this happens, it’s time to use these simple techniques to help you overcome that emotional hurdle.

It all Starts Before Bed-Time

Before you go to sleep, there is now a new routine. You want to go from today, to a stronger tomorrow. Before you go to sleep write down a realistic list of tasks for the next day.

Only One Alarm Clock (with No Snooze)

There is no longer a need for the snooze button. There is no longer a need to set hundreds of alarm clocks. Set one alarm clock and place it more than one arm’s length from you (preferably in a spot that forces you out of bed). Location is just one aspect. The second half of this is setting up a tune to the alarm that you love – it has to be something that inspires you to be the best you can be.

Review your goals first thing in the morning and pick one thing.

Sometimes life just gets in the way and distracts us from accomplishing goals or tasks. To stay on track, review your goals when you first wake-up in the morning and start working on one of your most important goals and put a plan in place to achieve that one goal.

Come on, get happy.

Make yourself happy by showing gratitude, surrounding yourself with positive people, celebrating small wins, being charitable, doing things that you enjoy, and even just forcing yourself to smile. Put on some music and clean your house, your desk and surroundings. This technique can usually get you motivated to get onto your important work and to stop procrastinating.

Get motivated by others.

When you really need an extra motivational push, you can always turn to the words or art from others.

With music, you can start by creating a playlist of songs that can you keep you inspired. After all, music can change your mood and lift your spirits.

Besides music, there are books, movies, and videos that can assist you in moving forward.

And, don’t forget the thousands of motivational quotes from successful or respected individuals that can immediately change your mindset by making you more optimistic.


Revisit Your Purpose

One of the quickest ways to get motivation is by revisiting your purpose. Why do you want to achieve the goal? Why do you want to be successful?

Ask the “Why” question to discover your purpose. When you have a strong and compelling reason, nothing can stop you.

Why do you want to wake up each morning? Is it because you need to work? If your answer is a yes, then there is a high chance you won’t feel motivated about your job.

When your reason is not compelling enough to excite you, you will never feel motivated. This is why most people prefer to continue to sleep more rather than waking up for the exciting days that are waiting for them, because they’re not feeling excited to wake up at all.

Get an Accountability Partner

This is a very powerful way to stay motivated and on course because there will be someone to monitor your progress.

Choose someone who is positive and able to support you. Better yet, get a mentor or a coach.

Why do you think great athletes have coaches? And do you know that most successful business people have mentors to help and guide them?

When you have an accountability partner, you will be more committed because there is someone looking over your progress.

Nobody can make it alone. Both you and I needed someone to guide up and help us grow to the next level. So find an accountability partner right now.

Have fun.

We all have those everyday tasks or chores that are boring, mundane, and dull. I mean who really wants to clean the dishes or writing blog post after blog post. The thing is, you can have some fun with these otherwise uneventful tasks.

We’ve mentioned music, but it’s easier to keep yourself happy than to have to bring yourself up when you are down real low. For example, sing and dance when you’re cleaning your office or home.

Cut your to-do list in half.

Lengthy lists are roadblocks that prevent us from achieving success. Instead of going forward, these lists hold us back. Cut your to-do-lists in at least half so that you can focus on the most completing items first.

Take a break.

I understand that your life is chaotic. Between work and your family, you’re constantly on-the-go. This becomes a problem after a while because you’re exhausted and burnt out.

Even though you believe that you don’t have the time to take a vacation, the least you can do is take a day or two to decompress. It recharges your batteries and gives you a new outlook on everything that’s going on in your life.

Heard of a power nap? Well, we don’t think naps will keep you motivated. We do know, it has been scientifically proven, that taking breaks will enable you to be more productive.

Productivity, if anything, keeps you motivated, and if you have had a sudden decrease in motivation then the increased productivity and sun-shine from a break can definitely make sure you are happy.

Go for walk breaks. Go for a quick walk around the block, and come back ready to work. So, whether you are taking a couple days off, or just 15 minutes, take some time to relax. When you return to your work, you’ll be surprised at how refreshed and enthusiastic you are.