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.