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  • Writer's pictureAbby Calabrese

From Meh to Motivated: Small Steps to Shift Gears

We've all been there - lying in bed scrolling through your phone, hitting the snooze button one too many times, or staring blankly at your to-do list dreading the long day ahead. Feeling unmotivated is all too common and can be downright debilitating. But you're not alone, and it doesn't have to stop you from being productive.

The first step is being kind to yourself. Don't pile on more guilt or shame for lacking motivation - that will only make it worse. Remind yourself that feeling this way is human and temporary. Give yourself permission to take it easy today without harsh self-judgment.

Once you've extended some self-compassion, it's time to take small actionable steps towards motivation. Here are three tips to get you back on track:

  1. Start small. Don't expect to instantly feel inspired to take on huge projects or run a marathon when you're not feeling it. Lower the bar by choosing just one tiny task to complete, even if it's as simple as making your bed or taking out the trash. Accomplishing anything gives your motivation a boost.

  2. Change your environment. Getting out of your demotivating space, whether it's your bedroom or home office, can make a world of difference. Go to a local cafe to work so you're around other productive people. A change of scenery shifts your mindset.

  3. Celebrate wins. It's easy to overlook small wins when unmotivated. Make a point to congratulate yourself for finishing tasks, even mundane ones, and reward your hard work. Celebrating progress, as opposed to waiting until a project is complete, keeps you feeling motivated throughout.

Nobody stays on top of their motivation game 100% of the time. Be gentle with yourself on your low-motivation days, get started with something tiny, and celebrate all your wins - big and small. Soon you'll be back in a groove and feeling proud of your productivity once more.

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