Not Feeling Motivated? Try These Mind Hacking Tricks

…And we don’t mean visualizing that the rent is due! (Although we know for a fact that works.)

How to Give Yourself a Quick Motivational Boost – by Ali Luke

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-energized.

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’ll 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.

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The water drinking thing really – and surprisingly – worked for us, but there also are 4 more approaches after the click that seem just as good.

One thought on “Not Feeling Motivated? Try These Mind Hacking Tricks”

  1. Take a walk. But not as yourself — the writer — but rather as lead character in your script. Become your character in such a way that there’s no questioning you’re not your character. While you — the writer — no longer exists. Simply put — become your character, and continue on WITHIN your story. Living it, and not merely the writer of it. I’ve been doing this since having my first play done at the LITTLE THEARTER, next to the GLOBE THEATRE, in San Diego, when I was 22, and still doing it while finishing a rewrite for a movie soon to go into production, at the age of 78. It’s simple: “A writer writes, all others…” gs

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