Being motivated is somewhat challenging. These days, it seems like no matter how hard you try, staying on task and getting things done just slip away. You look at your computer screen, ready to write, create, and find yourself floating. You’re completely unmotivated, and you don’t know how to make yourself feel otherwise. How to get yourself motivated is subjective. Each person is different, so solutions to help with motivation are going to be unique to the individual. Solutions that help one may not affect others in the same way. It’s okay to continuously figure out and try what works for you until you’ve found the right one. How can we keep working on our content, even when we don’t feel like it? Read on for tips that could help you find the inspiration you are looking for when finding motivation when unmotivated.
Go for a Walk
Relax. Walk away and take your mind off from work, even just for a bit. It’s not necessarily just going for a walk, just like what Nathan Santistevan recommends, “Exercise. No joke. A walk. Dancing. Sit-ups. Just push that blood around to wash away the cobwebs.” A fresh air, a change of scenery, and a little exercise can do wonders for you. Sometimes, doing other recreational activities could get you back to being motivated to work.
Don’t Force Yourself
Forcing yourself to finish work won’t do you any good. It’ll just stress you out even more. If you try to force the creative process, it never turns out well. There are also times of day that our brains are wired to do different kinds of work, so try to capitalize on that. It’s okay to move on to another task if you feel that you are not up to work on your contents at the moment, don’t pressure yourself.
You could also set a timer as a limit on how long you could do your work. Melissa Hinnen mentioned in her comment, “Commit to 20 minutes on the project and then offer yourself a reward.” It’s unrealistic to feel motivated all the time, to have the energy to go through all your tasks all the time. You need to give yourself time, and if that means setting limited time to do your work, then do it. When you reach the mark you set, you could ask yourself whether you want to push through or take a rest. You’ll likely find yourself having the motivation to continue what you have started.
Completing a project is intimidating, especially when you don’t know where to begin. However, starting to do your work little by little helps a lot. Walk away from it for a while, and when you come back to it, remind yourself that it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be done. After all, a small step is still a step towards the finish line.
Remind yourself of the reason why you are doing what you’re doing. Everyone struggles with being unmotivated at some point in their lives. Even if you feel like you’re in a rut right now, don’t beat yourself up. As church communicators, one of our goals is to reach people through our content. Remember our purpose, and that is to spread the Word and serve God. By returning to our purpose, we go on the journey of finding motivation when unmotivated.