There are days when it’s difficult to get motivated.
It doesn’t matter how much you try, you just can’t seem to get things done.
Maybe you’ve got a long list of chores that you really don’t want to do, or maybe you should be working on your passion project, something you normally love. But for whatever reason, today it isn’t happening.
You want nothing more than to flop on the sofa with a box set and a snack.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. We all have days where we need to rest, to step back from work or the endless buzz of modern life.
But there are times when this lack of motivation stretches on for days, weeks, even months.
When you aren’t getting things done, frustration can creep in. That voice in your head gets louder; it calls you lazy, useless, a failure.
Still, you can’t seem to get started.
You wonder if you’ll ever achieve anything again.
Some people are good at pushing themselves, at working hard all the time. At least, that’s what the internet would have you believe.
Productivity is a new trend. The online world is filled with endless articles about how to slay your workday and get stuff done. It’s great in theory, but you can’t work to your maximum all the time.
If you’re struggling to get motivated over a long period, it might be your body or your brain telling you it’s depleted and it needs a real break. A duvet day won’t cut it.
That isn’t always practical, especially when it comes to work.
But motivation is one of those things that you can’t force.
Take small steps through your to do list if you can, work on your project in easy chunks. Take breaks. Reward your achievements.
And don’t be too hard on yourself; it won’t help you to recover your motivation.