How To Stay Motivated

Motivation is something I talk about a lot on Instagram and something I’ve wanted to address on here for a while. If you’re here because you feel like you’ve lost all your motivation, I’m including some tangible tips you can take to help get it back. Motivation is different for everyone, different things might be a source of motivation for you than your best friend, you might feel motivated in different situations or environments. Let’s dive in!

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO GET OUT OF BED EVERYDAY?

Hopefully something springs to mind. Maybe it’s your kids, your family, your friends, your job? If nothing comes to mind immediately, spend a few minutes to think a bit deeper. If your current job doesn’t motivate you because you hate it, can you use that as motivation to work towards getting your next job, is this one preparing you for the future? Spend five minutes now to brainstorm what your every motivations are, or could be.

HOW TO GET MOTIVATED – Goal Setting

Remember everyone is different and some of these points may resonate more than others, but I think that at least one of them will help you. I’ve used getting fit as an example to refer back to because it’s a common goal people have and something I know lots about, but the same principles can be applied to any goal you might have.

  1. Establish what your goals are. If it’s to get fit, be more specific and write down everything you can think of that relates to that goal, like a brain dump. It might include going to the gym 3 times a week, doing home workouts, trying a new form of exercise, eating healthy meals, remembering to eat breakfast, training to run a 10k or a half marathon. Whatever it is, write it all down.
  2. Decide when you want to achieve this goal by, and all of the smaller goals that add up to the big ones. Try to be realistic with these timescales but also make sure they will push you, don’t be afraid to put a little bit of pressure on yourself to meet those targets.
  3. Remind yourself why you want to achieve that goal – what will happen when you achieve it? Maybe you’ll feel better about yourself, feel healthier, have more energy, drop a dress size, feel more confident? This adds some kind of emotional attachment to the goal that means you’ll be more likely to achieve it.
  4. Get excited about it – watch YouTube videos of people that inspire you, make a Pinterest board that you can refer to daily. If it is a fitness related goal, maybe treat yourself to a new pair of trainers or activewear set that will motivate you to get that extra workout in or go outside for that run.
  5. Tell someone about your goals – whether that’s your partner, friend, family member or social media. Once you’ve solidified it by telling someone or posting about it, you’ve now got to commit to it because people will ask you how it’s going. It also helps to have an accountability partner to help you reach your goals – someone that will check up on you and you can report back to. This could be a coach or just a family member.

GET INTO A ROUTINE

I don’t know about anyone else, but I definitely feel more motivated when I have a set routine that I’m sticking to. That might include working out at the same time every day, having a set plan to follow, or even just getting up at the same time everyday and having a morning routine that you do before you’re ready to tackle the day (and work on those goals).

FIGURE OUT WHY YOU’RE NOT MOTIVATED ALREADY

If you’re reading this to gain motivation to get to work on that project, or you need some motivation for life in general, you need to work out why it is you’re not motivated already. Not to be dramatic, but have you considered a career change? If you’re not feeling motivated for life then you need to figure out why you’re not getting that fulfilment. You might just need to adopt a new hobby in the evenings after work like craft, reading, gardening, a new sport, a fitness class, hiking, whatever it is, just to add some variety to your life. You might be unmotivated because you’re too busy comparing yourself, whether that’s to people you know in real life or on social media. If social media is to blame, consider taking a break or doing a detox – unfollow absolutely anyone that doesn’t bring positive energy to your life.

If it’s just that you’re not feeling motivated to go to the gym or do a workout anymore, then consider changing the way you train. You could get a coach, try a new workout plan (feel free to get in touch for suggestions) or just take a break for a couple of weeks because that might be what your body needs.

HOW DO I GET MOTIVATED?

Honestly, a mixture of everything above. I like to write to-do lists because I feel a sense of accomplishment ticking everything off. In general I love to write things down, if I’ve got a new project then I like to have a fresh notebook and write down everything – my goals, a habit tracker, sources of inspiration I can refer back to – anything to do with that project.

The main thing is to think about the reward you get – whether that’s a feeling or a physical reward – when you complete whatever it is you’re lacking motivation for. That should keep you going.


I hope that there was at least one tip in here that you found useful when it comes to getting motivated! Feel free to comment below with something you’re struggling to get motivation for. If you have any fitness-related motivation struggles, get in touch or drop me a message on Twitter/Instagram and I’ll do my best to help!

L x

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41 Comments

  1. I like setting myself goals, I hate the thought of not achieving so that motivates me even more to reach them! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  2. Great tips! Setting specific goals like run 4 times a week definitely worked for me. One of my most effective ways to get motivated when it comes to exercising is putting on my workout clothes as soon as I decide I’m going to workout. That way I’ll definitely follow through with it haha x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

    1. That works for me too! I like to have a set workout time every day then I know I’m going to do it ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that’s why I find workout classes better because they have a set time.

  3. Writing a to-do list really helps me as well! And understanding my “why” for every goal I set. I’m fed easily discouraged and lose motivation especially if I start counting my potential. But your right! Something as simple as ticking off things from your list is soooooo helpful (:

    1. To do lists are the way forward! Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I found this post very useful thankyou! During the lockdown itโ€™s easy to become demotivated so I will be using some of these tips

    1. I’m glad it helped you!

  5. Lovely tips!! I know my reason for being motivated, but I definitely think I need to be more specific with goal setting. Deffoes going to get onto this! Lovely post.

    Claire.X
    http://www.clairemac.co.uk

    1. Thank you! Glad it helped you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I try to stay in a routine to get myself motivated, also since Iโ€™ve been working out a lot lately that motivates me to get my butt out of bed.

    1. Same here! Working out always helps me start the day well ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These are awesome thank you for sharing! My current job is strongly motivating me for a career change, not sure what it is yet but I’m excited to see ๐Ÿค—

    1. Glad you enjoyed! That’s exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thanks for the kick in the pants! ๐Ÿ™‚ I needed some inspiration and this was well worth the read.

    1. haha glad I could be of assistance ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I am definitely a goal setter. Does anyone else liking checking things off as much as I do? I think that you are right that they need to be specific and manageable.

    1. For sure! Ticking things off is the most satisfying thing.

  10. Great post! Recently Iโ€™ve been a bit more motivated than before and Iโ€™m glad because I can get more done!

    1. That’s amazing! Why do you think that is?

  11. Very helpful post! Especially right now! Being motivated is really hard right hard.. Routine is really important to stay on task & that is really easy to fall out of.

    1. Completely agree! Also important to remember that motivation will always come and go and no one is motivated 24/7

  12. Definitely need help with motivation right now so thanks for this! Mine isnโ€™t necessarily fitness but just having any substance to my evenings! I feel like I waste my evenings so much and spend the first part of my sleep regretting it.

    1. I used to feel the exact same when I got home from college. Doesn’t always have to be about fitness!

  13. Thanks for the tips.
    Don’t know which will work for me.
    Definitely, to find one

    1. you’ll have to give them all a go ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s definitely different for everyone!

  14. Since being in lockdown I’ve been so focused on my goals. Old and new. They’re keeping me sane almost, knowing that when this is all over I’ve been working for something in my future. Love these tips, I’ve been quite unmotivated the past few days so I’m getting myself into the groove. x

    1. I love that! I feel exactly the same. Remember it’s ok to have days that aren’t productive and don’t work towards any particular goals too!

  15. Important article right now. Staying motivated can pose challenges for those not used to working from home. Great tips. Goal setting is especially important. Each time you achieve a goal you tend to reconnect with your organization, your team, your own business or whatever the case may be.

    1. Thank you! Very true ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  17. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this post during these troubled times!

    I constantly struggle with a dreadful lack of motivation and inspiration. So, this blog post caught my attention and I think many of your readers can relate.

    I don’t think I’m alone in my struggle for motivation. I honestly believe that many small business owners, bloggers, writers, and authors these days are suffering from a lack of motivation. Who can blame them? We live in stressful times, for sure.

    One motivational tip that I always try to remember – is that life is always passing – with or without our inspiration. In other words, whether or not we “buck up” and put our game faces on, the days shall pass.

    Life is too short! Don’t waste precious time by idling away in a state of demotivated stupor. Instead? Try your best to find the grit, drive, and inspiration to give your projects everything that you can muster!

    What do any of us have to lose? The days will pass whether you’re motivated or not! May as well make the most out of our time, right?

    Just my humble two cents.

    Thank you again for writing and sharing!

    Please have a spectacular day!

    Cordially…

    MD

  18. These are some great tips. I find if I don’t have a goal that I’m actively working towards, my motivation instantly tanks. Recognizing that, I have gone out of my way to set goals regularly in recent years. It really does make a big difference!

  19. I feel really demotivated on a Monday morning. Thank you for sharing this post. It will help me a lot!

  20. I find that telling someone else about your goals and what you want to accomplish in a day helps to you stay on track. They hold you accountable to your actions so that you follow through with them!

    1. Yep that definitely helps me too – even just posting an Insta story with my plans for the day and telling my followers makes me much more accountable to get it all done!

  21. I loved this post! I especially liked your point about finding something that inspires you to get out of bed every morning โ€“ I feel like thatโ€™s the pillar of motivation.

    1. Glad you agree! I stand by it. Thank you for reading!

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