The weekend is still several days away, so we're going to guess you could use a little motivation to get you through the rest of the week. Author Ali Luke offers these tricks to snap you out of it in a hurry.
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Take a Break
Sometimes, your motivation wanes because you've been working too hard for too long. Take a break.
Even a few minutes away from your computer can help you unwind. This is also a great way to recover a sense of perspective, if you're feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand.
Go for a Walk
One of the best ways to take a break is to go for a walk.
Even a five-minute walk helps. You'll get your body moving and your blood pumping, and you'll return to your work feeling re-energised.
Write a Task List
Sometimes, your motivation might take a nosedive because you've got so much on your plate, you don't know where to begin.
Write a task list for the rest of the day. Get everything out of your head and onto paper. It will only take a few minutes — and everything will look much more manageable.
Race Against the Clock
Struggling with a tedious task? Challenge yourself to work faster.
Aim to clear your inbox in just 30 minutes. Push yourself to sort that huge stack of files in under an hour. Set a timer and try to beat it.
Talk to a Friend
Friends are a great source of support. A quick chat online or on the phone can give you a genuine motivation boost.
If you're struggling with your diet or exercise plan, call a friend and tell them. If you're having doubts about your freelance design work, talk to other designers. Remind yourself of the value of what you're doing.
Drink a Glass of Water
Are you drinking enough water?
Mild dehydration makes it hard to stay focused — so if your concentration levels are dipping, grab a tall glass of water.
Alternate Between Two Tasks
Got several big tasks to tackle? Pick two and alternate between them: work on one for 10-15 minutes, then the other and so on.
This helps keep you moving (if you've only got 10 minutes, you'll focus better than if you've got two hours) and stops you from getting bored with doing the same thing endlessly.
Tackle an Easy Task
If your motivation is low in general, do something easy. Get one simple task knocked off your list.
That might be sending an email, making a phone call, sorting out a niggling problem with your computer —anything that takes under 15 minutes. If it's something you've been putting off, you'll feel great that you've finally got it done.
Focus on the End Result
Whatever you're working on has a purpose. Even if the process is boring or frustrating, the end result is worth having.
For example, think how useful it'll be to have all your files organised. Remember that getting a newsletter out to your clients will bring in new sales and repeat business.
Write Down What You've Already Accomplished
Perhaps you feel like you're not making much progress towards your goals. If so, get a piece of paper and write down everything you've already accomplished.
Maybe you've started working for yourself, gathered some testimonials from people you worked with in the past, and found your first client. Those are genuine, big achievements — writing them down will remind you how far you've already come.
Need more ways to recharge? Check out Lifehacker's tips on recharging motivation.
10 Quick Ways to Give Yourself a Motivational Boost [Dumb Little Man]
Ali Luke is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a writing coach. She blogs about writing on her site, Aliventures.com, and has a free ebook How to Find Time For Your Writing available when you join her writing newsletter. This post was originally published by DumbLittleMan.