Despite your best efforts, passion, habits and a flow-producing environment can fail.

In that case, it’s time to find whatever emotional pump-up you can to motivate yourself.


Go Back To ‘Why’

Focusing on a dull task doesn’t make it any more attractive.

Zooming out and asking yourself why you are bothering in the first place will make it more appealing.

If you can’t figure out why, then there’s a good chance you shouldn’t bother with it in the first place.


Go For Five

Start working for five minutes.

Often that little push will be enough to get you going and motivate you.


Find The Next Step

If it seems impossible to work on a project for you, you can try to focus on the next immediate step.

Fighting an amorphous blob of work will only cause procrastination.

Chunk it up so that it becomes manageable.


Find Your Itch

What is keeping you from working?

Don’t let the itch continue without isolating it and removing the problem.

Are you unmotivated because you feel overwhelmed, tired, afraid, bored, restless or angry?

Maybe it is because you aren’t sure you have time or delegated tasks haven’t been finished yet?


Kickstart Your Day

Plan out tomorrow.

Get up early and place all the important things early in the morning.

Building momentum early in the day can usually carry you forward far later.


Read Books

Learning new ideas puts your brain in motion so it requires less time to speed up to your tasks.


Be Careful With The Small Problems

The worst killer of motivation is facing a seemingly small problem that creates endless frustration.

Reframe little problems that must be fixed as bigger ones or they will kill any drive you have.


Develop A Mantra

Find a few statements that focus your mind and motivates you.


Build On Success

Success creates success.

When you’ve just won, it is easy to feel motivated about almost anything.