Motivation Lost? 5 Steps You Can Take To Get It Back!

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The months of May and June 2017 will now be known as the time that I lost my motivation.

It all started when our family kicked off  the summer with a vacation. It was a lovely time. I took a break from technology, and read books instead. We explored a cave, had fun on a boat, and laughed with family. motivation

I had every intention of working on a blog post, once I returned. After all, I had just experienced a relaxing week in a beautiful cabin. I was refreshed and could look at the world with a clear head.

But I did not get any writing done.

I kept telling myself that I SHOULD work, but I could do it tomorrow.

Even my beloved bullet journal suffered, it’s pages were lonely. I didn’t doodle, I didn’t track the weather or my mood, and worst of all, I had nothing to check off.motivation

Then, I realized something.

My journal is a huge KEY in keeping me motivated and organized.

When I stopped writing my tasks in my journal, and checking it daily, it gave me a reason to procrastinate. I also felt myself become more anxious and overwhelmed.

I had no plan to follow, so instead my brain just had a running list of things that I needed to do. Without putting it on paper, I quickly went into overload, and fell into my old pattern of just shutting down and doing nothing instead. The motivation was gone.


SO WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED TO GET YOUR MOTIVATION BACK?


  1. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION FOR A BREAK

First of all, it is okay to take a break.

I think that in a way, my body and mind were telling me I needed to allow myself some time to do nothing. To read those books that have been piled on my nightstand, catch up on the magazines, and even take a few naps.

Of course, my first instinct was to beat myself up for being lazy and not accomplishing anything.

Instead, I changed my perspective. I gave myself permission to have that break. No writing or work was done, but I did get to enjoy some extra time with my family. I even did some crafts and tried some recipes. And did I mention the naps?!motivation

I was just productive in a different way.

And that is okay.

2. REVISIT YOUR GOALS

However, it is important not to stay in permanent break mode. The longer you remain in it, the harder it becomes to snap out of it.

I needed to take a look at my goals and remember why I was doing all that work in the first place.

When I was checking my bullet journal daily, I was reminded of what I was working for. When I stopped doing that, it became easier to ignore the steps that I wanted to take to accomplish my goals.

If you don’t already have a list of goals, with a plan of action, take some time to write some out. Or make a vision board. Or start a bullet journal.

Even if you are feeling unmotivated, just the simple act of looking at your goals each day will help remind and inspire you to keep working.

3. START SMALL

Part of the reason that I stopped being motivated,  was that I felt like things were piling up around me. Each day my mental lists grew longer, yet I wasn’t doing anything about it. I didn’t feel like it would be possible to get everything done, so instead,  I just shut down.

To combat this, pick just one thing and DO IT.

For me, I told myself that I needed to get out my journal each day and look at and start using my tracker again.

By doing my basic daily tasks again, I started feeling productive and like I was re-building my self discipline again.motivation

Still missing a lot of x’s, but let me tell you, checking off those boxes again when I completed something felt so good!

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, just pick one small thing and work it into a routine again. Don’t get overwhelmed trying to juggle too many things, or all of the things that you were doing before you lost your groove.

Baby steps!!

When you are feeling ready, add another task. For me, I will start doing my affirmations again. I need that positive reinforcement. 🙂

4. REWARD YOURSELF AND CREATE AN INSPIRED SPACE

This one is easy.

Make sure you create a fun space to help you feel inspired, and give yourself a little reward. Treat yourself to new journal supplies, find some inspirational quotes, clean your work area or re-arrange it, get a cute plant. Little rewards like this are good for motivation.motivation

Just have a little corner or space where you can plan, work, clear your head, or meditate to help keep you on track.

5. DON’T FOCUS ON FAILURES

Finally, be nice to yourself.

Don’t focus on what you did wrong, or what you didn’t accomplish. Negativity can kill motivation. As I mentioned earlier, a perspective change can do wonders.

I’m going to be honest, I still have my dark moments and there are days that I just want to remain in my blanket cave and ignore everything. Just getting out of bed is a simple victory, and it counts as a success.motivation

Think of and remember the successes that you experienced. Even if they are small. Write them down so that you can revisit them when you feel unmotivated.

I followed these 5 steps and was able to find my motivation and get to working and writing again.

It feels good to be back.

What do you do when you find yourself in a funk and need to find your groove again? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

xo,

Melissa

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34 thoughts on “Motivation Lost? 5 Steps You Can Take To Get It Back!

  1. Amber

    I like that you check off what you have done. There is so much satisfaction when i get to mark off something on the to do list as completed.

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  2. Marissa Writes

    I love my bullet journal because if I want to go all out one week I can, and the next week it can be simple… and you’re right, small steps help us get to our goals without losing motivation.

    I’d love for you to share this with my little community by linking up to Encouraging Hearts & Home, it opens on Thursdays, and I’d love to see you there!!

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  3. Erika

    I love how open and honest you are! I can definitely feel yucky about not posting for a week or so, but then I need to remember that I was doing stuff during that time and then maybe I can write about THAT! Also, your journal tracker is super enviable!! Get it girl!!
    – Erika –
    MyRevampedLife.com

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  4. Dori

    I find what helps me stay motivated is having a “get up and go” routine of some kind. I try very hard to be at the gym no later than 7 am at least during the week; and then I relax more on the weekends. Even though I’m a SAHM, I treat my responsibilities that I have as a “job” Getting everyone up, getting lunches packed, off to school, errands to run, bill paying etc. Even though I struggle as a blogger, I keep powering through and I keep blogging and I treat that like a job as well. At the end of the day, when I go to bed and I’m tired because I feel like “wow…I had a busy day and I got a lot done!” That makes me want to get up the next day and have another great successful day!

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    1. Melissa | Disco Bumblebee Post author

      I agree with you on the get up and go routine! Once I get myself going, it’s all good. You make an important point by saying you go to bed and think about what you accomplished. That is a great way to stay positive, and realize all your hard work, and definitely is a great motivator to do it all again the next day!

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  5. Willow

    These are great tips! I have been giving myself permission to take more breaks lately. Like today I had a plan of what I wanted to get done, but because of lack of sleep I have no motivation. So I will rest and be more refreshed to start the day off right tomorrow.

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  6. The Mum Project

    I definitely need to get better at not beating myself up! Even on week nights I get home from work, play with Bear, bath and bed, then go straight onto my laptop. My other half tells me off sometimes but other times he’ll just go back to work as well, by the end of the week I am utterly exhausted and then I tell myself I should be doing more! Actually now that I’m writing this it sounds more crazy to me haha. These are really helpful tips thank you so much for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

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