Motivating yourself during the toughest times

Sometimes things will be getting you down, and it feels like there’s no way back. You let yourself fall out of any sort of routine, you sleep in later, you stay up later. You may become lazy and lose all motivation to do anything. That’s normal, but it doesn’t help your productivity, it doesn’t help to improve your life, and if anything, you’re driving yourself further into the ground.

There are 3 keys things to maintain in order to regain motivation in the hardest times:

  1. Routine
  2. Diet
  3. “Fun Productivity”

Routine is the cornerstone of motivation. If you have a routine to work towards to, it means productivity comes alongside it. You become so used to being productive on a day to day basis that it becomes ingrained in your attitude and mindset. However, it’s often tough to either first get into a routine, or get back into your stride if a tough period has rocked you. So, I would like to offer the first stepping stone to returning to your routine.

When you wake up in the morning, make sure it’s to an alarm. Five minutes later, you need to have forced yourself out of bed. So much time is wasted (and I myself fall foul of this too often) lounging in bed when you should be up and going. As soon as you get out of bed, you will begin to wake up properly. If you stay in bed, you stay tired, you promote laziness and you’ll take your first steps to letting the bad times consume you.

“Most of life is routine – dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration, you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.”

Ben Nicholas

After this, make your bed and have a shower. Complete the first two tasks of the day, and feel pride that you have. Push on to the next task. You’ve already started your day right, what a waste it would be to not continue that way. I’m sure we’ve all had days where we’ve been ultra productive. It’s a fantastic feeling, so why not make every day like that. That’s how you beat the negative thoughts and the tough times.

This video sums it up:

Diet is more of a health perspective, in reality. When you’re in your worst moods, you either stop eating, or eat shit. I think many of us know that when our lives are at our hardest, we tend to eat more fast food. What you may not have known, is that eating more fast food is actually worsening your mental health. This is after a study in Spain confirmed that consumption of food such as fast food and baked goods increases your likelihood of becoming depressed.

This surely has to show the importance of at least trying to maintain a balanced diet. Obviously, on occasion you may slip up, but you need to get back to the healthy diet. Firstly, boosting your health by eating well simply makes you feel better. You feel cleaner and generally this can make you more productive. Secondly, cooking your own healthy meals at a proper meal time helps your routine. This will generally make you feel better and more motivated throughout the day, satisfied with both what you’ve eaten and the productive routine you’ve been following.

Now, “Fun Productivity” is tough to define. However, to me, this means working on something you are passionate about. Whether that means reading a book you like, or learning an instrument, anything that is both productive and enjoyable will boost your morale, get you back to a working level you like and make doing the less enjoyable productive tasks more bearable.

It’s vital to love what you do

Finding something you love doing can be difficult. I, myself, took a while deciding what I wanted to work on. I initially started talking to a camera, to see if I enjoyed it. This didn’t work for me, at least at the time, so I started writing. I loved being able to put my views out there, on topics I was passionate about, and seeing my articles out there on the web was a great feeling. My point is, you may have to try a few things, but once you find it, it’s fantastic.

I really hope, if you’re going through a tough time, you try to take my advice. Working hard with anything brings the best results. Why would you work hard for other things but not work hard on how you treat yourself.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s