Sometimes our inner monologue is filled with negativity. If you counter that with a positive pep talk, it can give you the motivation to get moving. Imagine that you had to motivate your best friend. What would you say to him or her? Say those very same things to yourself and let yourself get inspired!
Take just a few minutes to warm up your muscles by marching in place or taking a short walk. Then take your time stretching your muscles very gently, holding each stretch for a few seconds. Start with your face and neck, and work your way down to your toes. As you work each area, imagine all stress and tension leaving your body, and a new sense of peace and happiness flowing in to replace it.
Create a contest.
Imagine you’re in a competition with other people, each of you trying to do more than the others. You can focus on making your work the best it’s ever been, or doing it in the least amount of time it’s ever taken you. This can create a feeling of urgency and fun that will keep you moving long after you ordinarily would have given up.
If feeling bored or tired, boogie your lethargy away! Sing along with the lyrics or move your body.
Make a to-do list.
Confusion can cause a desire to procrastinate because your tasks seem to be too numerous and overwhelming. You can list them in order of priority, or categorize like tasks together. Think about ways you can cut the time each task might take, or shortcuts that would enable you to tackle more than one thing at a time. In no time you should be feeling more focused and ready to begin.
Spend a few minutes connecting to your source before you begin a challenging task. Give thanks for the opportunities in your life, and ask for inspiration, courage and stamina to do a good job. This can help you feel that you’ve got a powerful ally on your side and reduce any feelings of fear or loneliness.
Surround yourself with inspiration.
Take some of your favorite motivational quotes, enlarge the type, print and hang them up to read whenever you need a little boost. Hanging inspiring words and images in your home and workplace can create a continuous focus on inspiration that will keep you feeling motivated no matter what you’re working on.
Spend time in nature.
Sitting quietly in a peaceful place outdoors can soothe frustration and refresh your mind. Go to your favorite garden and sit quietly or walk slowly through, letting the beauty stimulate your senses. Visit a local park and watch children play, or take a trip to the beach and let the power of the ocean (or a lake) inspire you. Buy some new plants or flowers to brighten up your home and workspace.
DON'T ACT THE 7 ACTIONS BELOW AFTER YOU HAVE A MEAL
* Don't smoke- Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).
* Don't eat fruits immediately - Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before meal.
* Don't drink tea - Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.
* Don't loosen your belt - Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted & blocked.
* Don't bathe - Bathing after meal will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.
* Don't walk about - People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.
* Don't sleep immediately - The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.
The action of consistently chewing can keep you feeling more alert and freshen your breath.
Get your blood pumping.
Go for a walk to clear your mind and invigorate your body! A short 10-minute walk can do wonders.
Wash away your woes.
A brisk shower can be a wake-up call for a sluggish mind. Scrub vigorously to stimulate your skin.
Oxygenate your brain.
Inhale slowly through your nose, feel your abdomen expand first, then expand your chest. Pause for 3 to 5 seconds and then s-l-o-w-l-y exhale through your mouth, making a “shhhhh” noise as you do so. When you have completely exhaled, pause a few seconds then slowly inhale using the same technique (belly first, then chest). Repeat for 5 to 10 breaths (do it slowly so you don’t hyperventilate!).
Clear out the clutter.
Few things can make us feel as sluggish and confused as physical clutter can! Set the timer for 15 minutes. Get rid of empty food containers, unneeded notes and paperwork, empty envelopes, empty glasses or bottles, etc. Create a separate pile for anything that needs to be filed or sorted, and move it to another location. Don’t keep it within view unless it looks neat and orderly.
It’s the start of any objective that is often the hardest for most of us, because we convince ourselves the task will be unpleasant or boring. Set it for 15 minutes. Promise yourself you can stop working after 15 minutes if you want to, but you have to work at least that long.
Push yourself harder.
If you think it will take an hour to finish a particular task or goal, make it your mission to finish it in 30 minutes. Most of us have a terrible habit of pampering ourselves rather than pushing ourselves to be better and do better. Deciding to take it to the next level can motivate you to keep doing that and blast through any feelings of procrastination.
Dress to the nines.
If you’re trying to accomplish something – dress up! Put on a formal outfit, including shoes and socks (or pantyhose). Do your hair, shave, and put on cologne or perfume – whatever you would normally do for a social or business event. This gets your mind into action mode and clears away any tendency to slack off.
Visualize the end result.
Set aside 10 minutes before you begin and allow yourself to feel the feelings you’ll experience when you’ve accomplished what you set out to do – whether it’s satisfaction, pride, happiness, excitement, or simple relief. This gets the good feelings flowing and motivates you to do what it takes to create that experience “for real.”
One glass of water won’t be enough for a body that is more than mildly dehydrated.
Take 15 minutes to sit quietly and focus on nothing.
Create a worry box.
Write all of your worries on a sheet(s) of paper and put the sheet(s) of paper into the box, and store it away on a high shelf nearby. Remind yourself that you don’t have to worry about anything right now because you’ve placed your worries in that box.
Empty your mind with free writing.
Write your thoughts down (don’t worry about making them neat or orderly, just scribble them out). Eventually you will train your mind to focus on the task at hand and let go of unnecessary random thoughts.
Chronicle your journey.
Write down your achievements, brainstorm ways to overcome obstacles, and record solutions that worked for you. When you feel in need of motivation, go back and read a few pages and let it inspire you! It’s easy to forget how good a certain achievement made you feel at the time, and this is a good way to remind yourself that you are capable of more than you realize.
Drink some tea or coffee.
It has proven to be a mental stimulator unless you have a condition that is aggravated by caffeine. Try to avoid adding sugar, or drinking those sugar-laden caffeinated beverages. Too much sugar can put you in a worse spot than you started in.
Fuel your body.
Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Stick with lean protein and high-fiber complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit, along with limited amounts of healthy fats. Throughout the day eat small meals and snacks. This will help keep your blood sugar level more stable – which can give you the stamina to keep moving forward!
Take a break.
Nothing results in burnout faster than pushing yourself too hard,too often, for too long! If you’ve been burning the midnight oil too often, take some time off. Even a few hours of relaxation and fun will be more effective than any motivational techniques.
Take a nap.
If you’re feeling sleepy and can't concentrate, allow 15-30 minutes of nap. Apart from renewing your physical energy, it can improve your concentration so you’ll get more done in less time.
Smell something nice.
Aromatherapy is a good way to stimulate your mind and body, or simply create pleasant feelings associated with scents. Inhale peppermint, rosemary, cinnamon, lemon, or orange by putting a few drops onto a handkerchief when you need a little stimulation.