I’ve had a pretty weird year.
My whole life I’ve always known what I’ve wanted to do next, maybe not long-term but I at least knew the next step.
That was not the case this year. I’ve genuinely struggled with figuring out what I’m doing next. I’ve tried my best to put on a brave face and act like I had it all together but that was definitely not the case.
Not only have I not known what my next step is but I’ve lost sight of all the work I’ve put into what I’m doing now. This is with regards to my blog and my corporate career.
So I needed to do something about it. I was feeling very unmotivated and knew that I had to do something. Hence this post.
So if you’re feeling like you’re in a rut or just need a way to keep going again here are my tips from my personal as well as other people’s experience on getting re-motivated:
1. Change your surroundings
Comfort is the easiest way to lose momentum. I recently moved to a new place and it sparked something in me. Your environment could be where you live or where you work. Basically wherever you spend a lot of time.
Big changes like moving house are one way of changing your environment but it doesn’t have to be that drastic. Something as simple as switching up the layout of your office or room, changing the route you take to work, getting new stationary, these are all ways that you can change your environment.
2. Change your company
Now I don’t mean go cut off all your friends (although we all know some friends can be toxic). People are usually the biggest fuel that keeps us going. They even help us realize parts of ourselves we may not have ever known. Which is why going out to meet new people is a great way to re-motivate yourself. It can be in a professional setting like approaching someone for mentorship or guidance or socially like hanging out with different people.
If you’re studying you should consider forming a study group with new people.
3. Force yourself to keep going
Sometimes trying to find purpose and reason in the things you do can end up de-motivating you. As a human you grow and change and the reason you may have chosen a career, for example, may no longer apply to the person you’ve become and that’s okay.
It may sound weird but once you’ve plateaued sometimes the only thing you can do is to keep going even when it sucks to do so. The point of this is that somewhere along the line things start happening from just going on and you may even realize new passions in what you are doing.
You could complete a project you’ve been working on for what seems like forever. You could receive recognition for your consistent hard work. When things like this happen then the re-motivation (is this an actual word btw???) happens automatically.
4. Sign up for something
Like a race or competition or even a course to study. When you sign up for something you commit to a goal. Working towards something you can actually see helps in motivating you to work harder because you see the potential fruits of your labour.
5. Do something new
As you can probably tell I’m a big believer of change as a great way to re-motivate oneself. Try something you haven’t done before.
New activities change your perspective, get you out of your comfort zone and help you overcome fears- known or unknown. New challenges also stimulate you intellectually and emotionally .
I hope these tips help you guys as much as they’re currently helping me.