Life is a series of ups and downs. Imagine if all our days had us waking up with the same amount of enthusiasm and motivation to get work done. There would be no problems at all and everything would run smoothly. Only if real life were so convenient. If only it were so!
The pandemic has been particularly harsh on all of us- it changed the way our world functions. We could not step out of our homes and normal life came to a standstill. It did not bode well for our mental health. If you feel demotivated and low from time to time, do not worry. It is just a sign that you are human with a finite amount of energy.
Feeling demotivated can be one of the most devastating feelings. If you have felt directionless and struggle to motivate yourself on a daily basis, you are not alone. Not all situations last forever, so remember that this too shall pass.
Read on to find out simple tips to remember when you feel demotivated.
Why Do We Feel Demotivated?
There is more to feeling than just feeling bored, tired or uninterested. If you think about it, there is some deep set reason for why we feel demotivated from time to time. So, sit down and get ready to dig deep.
Fear. Having some kind of fear causes strong feelings of demotivation. Fear of failure tends to hold us back from even trying. The fear is so overwhelming that it convinces you to give up, rather than seeing a task through till the end. So much so that it feels better to give up than fail and face humiliation.
Living Without a Purpose. Going with the flow might not always be a great idea when it comes to defining your goals and how you envision your life. Feelings of demotivation can catch up when we lead a purposeless life. While doing things for the sake of it might seem problematic at first, but it makes you question your reasons for doing them.
Distractions. Ah, distractions are the true kryptonite of our times. They get in our way while we want to do things to achieve goals. Every ping, every notification is a distraction. Poor time management gives way to distractions and when we cannot finish tasks on time, it can demotivate us.
Pressure of Perfection. Achieving perfection is not practical. It puts the person under extreme pressure to perform. This can make you self-critical and cause burn out. This can also cause demotivation and a low mood.
Biting off more than you can chew. When you take on more projects than you can manage, it can be very stressful and overwhelming. This can make you fall back on your schedule and can cause you to lose motivation. You cannot pay proper attention to all tasks equally and the quality of your work can suffer. All of these reasons only make us give up.
Demotivation can also creep up at the workplace, when you face too much work or time pressure. Poor management can lead to employee dissatisfaction. It can also happen to you if you are a student. Lack of interest, failure to manage schedules can lead to feelings of demotivation among students.
How to Overcome Demotivation?
Once you realise you do face these feelings of demotivation from time to time and you want to overcome demotivation, read on to know simple hacks here.
Evaluate Your Goals. It is a good idea to take a step back and look at the big picture every once in a while. This will help you remember the reason why you are doing it, rather than just doing something for the sake of it.
Plan Well. Make a list of the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal. A great degree of awareness is required to do this. You need to know your strengths and weaknesses and utilise them accordingly. Clarity is the key to eliminate spells of demotivation.
Make Your Day Interesting. Doing the same set of tasks each day can get boring. Keep your day interesting, just so you have something to look forward to. You can do this by listening to interesting podcasts, working out or gardening. It could be anything you like or want to pursue.
Adjust Your Thinking. This means you need to switch your focus from the unimportant aspects to the more important ones. Constantly thinking about what people think can be exhausting and can deflate your enthusiasm. Instead you need to pay attention to the task at hand and remind yourself of your priorities.
Surround Yourself With Positive People. The company you keep can affect the way you think and feel too. So, it is important to be around people who lift you up rather than those who bring you down with negativity and criticism. Be around those who have your best interests at heart and those who motivate you and inspire you to be the best version of yourself.
Learn Something New Each Day. Keep enriching your mind with new and exciting information each day which will make you a better informed person. Take initiative to find one interesting fact each day. Having a reservoir of knowledge makes you well equipped in the face of problems.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes. Lighten the load of the pressure of being perfect and right all the time. It is okay to make mistakes and fail. Don’t let a few setbacks hold you back from trying again. Remember that it is the effort that matters the most.
It is very natural to feel demotivated and bored at times. The important thing to do is to learn how to motivate yourself and pick yourself up during such times. It can feel tough and exhausting. But believe in yourself and trust your abilities. Never hesitate from asking for help, because you are not alone in this beautiful, crazy ride called life.