When you have extra time on your hands to think and dream, it’s easy to set new goals and aspirations. But just because you have more time to work towards them doesn’t mean they will be easier to achieve, nor does it mean that there won’t be days when you’re feeling down or unmotivated. To the rescue: Here are three strategies for maintaining enthusiasm on days when you just aren’t feeling it.
Make a List of the Perks
If you’re lacking energy to complete your workout or don’t feel like turning the groceries in your fridge into a meal, take a minute to write down three to five benefits you’ll reap by doing the task. Maybe exercising will make you feel like you accomplished something, or it will mean checking off a workout in your program. Cooking supper with ingredients already in your kitchen will save you money, plus will likely be healthier than many takeout options. So the next time you’re feeling unmotivated, write down a few more things or pull out and reread your list. Seeing the benefits down on paper can help provide the boost you need to get it done.
Set a Personal Reward
If a list of benefits still feels too intangible to provide motivation, set a reward for yourself to receive upon completion. Sate your sweet tooth with some dark chocolate or reward yourself with some ‘me’ time on the deck. You can set your prize and dole it out on your own or up the stakes by enlisting a family member to hold you to it. Having a tangible, immediate reward will significantly increase the likelihood that you complete your task or take that next step toward accomplishing your goal.
Enlist a Buddy
One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable to your goals is to enlist a friend to go on the journey with you. And while you can’t attend exercise classes together or meet in person to discuss your most recent read, there are plenty of virtual ways you can help each other stay motivated. Connect with friends through fitness apps or trackers so you can compare and monitor each other’s progress. Set times to video chat to discuss books or send photos of completed recipes. Staying motivated is always difficult, especially when you may be feeling more alone than ever. Establishing and maintaining connections with people who are on the same journey will make it significantly easier to reach the finish line.
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