Sometimes we know what we should do, but we struggle with motivating ourselves to actually get it done. Going to the gym, finishing a project, cleaning the house … these tasks can be difficult when motivation is lacking. However, a lack of motivation does not have to derail you from meeting your goals. Here are some tips to try when you are struggling with low motivation:
1. Remember why the activity is of value to you– Most people don’t exercise just to exercise…. They do it because they want to be healthy and fit. Remembering why you want to do something can make doing it more desirable.
2. Start small– If a task feels overwhelming, it can be hard to get started. Tell yourself that you will just do a small part of the task rather than committing to the whole thing. Often, you will find that it’s easy to keep going once you have started.
3. Just do it—you do not need to be motivated in order to do something. Although it makes completing a task easier, motivation is not necessary. We often have to do things that we don’t want to do; it’s just a part of life.
So what are you waiting for? You can start engaging in positive, healthy activities right now!