What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything
We’ve all been here: super excited about starting a project, tackling a goal or changing a habit. We have every intention of succeeding and getting to the finish line. A lot of time once the initial rah-rah subsides we lose steam and really don’t feel like doing it any more.
It doesn’t mean we’re terrible people who are unable to see anything through. I think a lot of time our self imposed expectations, deadlines and goals are un-realistic or over ambitious at best. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’ve lost steam and don’t feel like doing anything.
1. Embrace your imperfections. We are all human. We all make mistakes and it’s a good thing too, other wise how would we learn? Don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have times when we are motivated and we also have times when we are a little less than motivated. Hear it, accept it, don’t beat yourself up over it and get moving.
2. Start small. Sometimes when you don’t feel like doing anything it’s because there is some source of friction that is impeding your way forward. Start small. Make a list of things that you know need to get done but don’t worry about actually doing them – just list them. With the list in front of you start with one small action that can get you one tiny step closer to where you want to be. It may be somethings as small as laying out your exercise clothes or brainstorming gift ideas. Whatever it is start small and if the momentum picks up go with it until you’re on a roll.
3. Reconnect with why. You started doing this thing for a reason. Reconnect with that reason. What was your motivation behind starting this project, working towards this goal or changing that habit? List out your motivations and keep them in front of you. Spark that motivation each time you re-read the whys.
4. Re-evaluate. After having another look at the why’s, you may realize that your circumstance or situation has changed somewhat. Your situation may have changed so much that the goal or project is no longer relevant. If it isn’t, let it go. There is nothing wrong with starting something and not finishing it if it no longer suits you or doesn’t fit well with the new direction your life is taking. You’ll feel a lot less guilty when you give yourself permission to let something go than if you hold onto it but don’t actually do anything.
5. Just keep showing up. Motivation will ebb and flow – it’s normal. There will be days when you can accomplish a huge amount and other days when you won’t. The important thing is to keep showing up. The longer you leave something the harder it is to get back into it. Take writing for example, if you don’t feel like writing try simply brainstorm ideas, read, find new sources of inspiration or revise an old draft. You don’t have to complete a chapter or create a new plot line in one afternoon. Do something small, anything, but just keep showing up.
6. Change of scenery. If you’re stuck not feeling like doing anything try changing where you’re doing it from. Writing in the basement? Try moving upstairs to in front of a sunny window. Painting in your living room? Try the garage or out in the fresh air on the deck. Simply moving to a different place can spark all sorts of creativity.
What things do you do to get moving on something when you just don’t feel like doing anything?
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