In my ongoing research, I revisited an article that was published in Business Insider entitled, 52 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself. Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa. A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior. Motivation is a word that is part of the popular culture as few other psychological concepts are.
If you need to find a way to motivate yourself, these tips are easy to understand and implement. As is the case with any list, you may find too many suggestions and feel overwhelmed. I find that prioritizing and focusing on a smaller number of tips is easier for me to insert into my routine. So, I am listing the top (10) suggestions that resonated with me. However, you can read the original article here.
Here is my list:
- Get the toughest and highest priority tasks done first thing in the morning. Once you’re done with the most challenging projects, you’ll be able to tackle the others with ease.
- Prepare early so you’re not in a rush. When you’re late all the time or feel rushed, this may stress you out and kill your motivation.
- Make a to-do list. You’ll feel encouraged as you cross off items.
- Take a small steps because you don’t always need immediately immerse yourself in a project and work to completion immediately. Just make baby steps, and take it one day at a time.
- Use a reward system, so you’ll have something to look forward to.
- Focus. Doing too many things at once can overwhelm you, so drop the multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.
- Don’t compare yourself with others or you’ll get discouraged. Compete against yourself.
- Find out what it’ll take to get there. When you set a goal for yourself, begin by doing some research, and you’ll be done with the first step.
- Listen to motivation stories from audio-books, Ted Talks, documentaries, and more.
- Close your eyes, and visualize yourself reaching your goals.
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