As an entreprenuer that has 17 jobs and counting, it can be extremely difficult to summon any type of energy to get things done. My jobs require me to be both at my desk typing, and be on my feet for extended periods of time. Sometimes all I want to do is lay in bed and watch British Bake-off but, alas, watching people temper chocolate will have to wait. Here are the ways that I've found best jumpstart my motivation.
- Get out of your house. I know what you’re thinking. Right now? You want me to leave my house right now? Yes, if safe enough for you, please try to change your surroundings. A park, a cafe, a random bench. Whatever will be a change to your regular old desk or your regular old bed, please go there. When we are in a new place, our brains release dopamine which can majorly bump up creativity and stimulation. It is also less of a distraction. No fridge, TV, or Nintendo Switch to distract me from the work I need to get done.
2. Talk to a friend. If you have friends that you know everytime you chat you feel energized and excited, please give them a call! Sometimes my whole day can be turned around by a good phone call with a relative or a friend. I have taken time to cultivate my friendships and the people I keep around me. This means that I admire, respect, and uplift all my friends and the feeling is mutual. This can be a fantastic way to get motivated, especially during a mid-week slump.
3. Play pump up music. I say “pump up” music because this can be different for everyone. I have a friend who only listens to music from the 40s-70s and Disney. If she’s feeling down, she will play Disney classics in the background and it is a surefire way to make sure she gets things done. My pump up music is reggaeton and soka, but you need to find your genre, artist, Youtube playlist, or DJ that just makes you love life. If it doesn’t motivate you, it will at least make you feel a little better.
4. Eat some good food. Eating good food to nourish your body can do wonders for your mind. When I’m feeling down and without energy, my first thought is to get a Popeye’s chicken sandwich. I don’t know why my mind goes there, but all roads lead to Popeye’s when I’m tired. However, a good bowl of brown rice, kale, and chinese sausage can make me feel like a full-fledged adult capable of anything. Maybe for you, the good food is Popeye’s, but that’s for you to figure out. You could probably combine #2 and this one to get a double hit of dopamine. A fun lunch with friends, or a drink chat with good quality tea or coffee can really turn around your whole day.
5. Move your body. I haven’t been able to figure out a good exercise routine. I am envious of all the amazing women who get up at 5am and get on that spin bike. The ones who strap on running shoes and hit the pavement before the sun is up. I am almost certain that will never be me, and I am at the point where I am totally ok with that. I set out to find something to make sure I live long enough to see my kids off to college. My solution? Walking. I bought an apartment treadmill and now I take quick 30 minute walks during my breaks. When I walk, I sometimes put on a virtual tour of a national forest on my tablet and pretend I’m somewhere else for a while. Sometimes I will put on true crime, and sometimes nothing at all. Just walking, the movement itself, gets my blood pumping and inevitably increases my motivation.
I hope you use any or all of these tricks to jumpstart your motivation. Also remember, if you need to take a day off, please do. Our motivation can only run for so long, and our bodies sometimes need to take a rest. A nap, a day off in bed, or a lazy Sunday can also jumpstart your motivation and make you feel ready for the next day.