How to Reframe Your Day When You’re Not Feeling Productive or Motivated

It’s been a challenging year and many are fatigued from it. However, you still have a lot to get done. If you’re lacking motivation, how do you tackle your to-do list, so you stay productive? It starts with reframing your day. Here are some steps to help you get there:

Identify the root cause.

So you’re lacking motivation. Why? It’s more than that you don’t feel like it. There’s a reason and sometimes you need to dig deeper to find it. For instance, are you creating a schedule each day that’s unrealistic and has too many tasks on it? Are you going to bed too late? Are you bored or frustrated at work? These are a few places to consider, so you can identify why you’re not motivated.

Take one step at a time.

Even when you figure out the reason for your lack of motivation, you might still not have the energy to face your day. It’s why taking everything one step at a time is critical. In other words, don’t focus on all you need to do for the day. Focus on what you need to do next. This will help all your responsibilities feel more manageable and less overwhelming.

Start with an easy task.

If you’re still lacking motivation, start with your easiest task. This will help jumpstart your day and ease you into it without having to do something that’s complicated or hard. Once that task is done, you’ll feel more accomplished and productive.

Go easy on yourself.

With all the stress everyone has been under due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder you feel fatigued and unmotivated. While it’s important to make some progress each day, be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up every time you don’t get something on your to-do list completed. Do your best and try to push through to get as much done as you can during the day. It will still be there tomorrow if you don’t.

Take breaks and time off too.

If you’re tired and unmotivated, it might be because you’re bored and don’t have enough different activities in your life. Add some fun into your day. For instance, start listening to music at work to increase your productivity. Or take a walk outside during your lunch break to renew your mind and return refreshed. Also, take time off to enjoy life during summer. These will all help you shift your mood and spark your energy when you do go back to work.

Give yourself a reward.

When you accomplish an important task, reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but can simply be going out for a coffee once you’re done with your day. It can also include taking breaks and relaxing with a good book for 15 minutes. These kinds of small rewards will help you to stay motivated and focused, so you complete your work each day.

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Turn to Provisional Recruiting. As one of Spokane’s leading employment agencies, we’re experts in the process and can help you through every step of it. We’ll work with you to connect you with rewarding opportunities so you regain your motivation and drive. Contact us today or search our jobs now.

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