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7 HACKS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO MAKE PROGRESS

Ready to stop procrastinating and make some progress? Try one of these seven simple hacks to motivating yourself into action. Give them each a try over the coming days and weeks and find the ones that make the biggest difference for you. Whenever you find yourself procrastinating, come back to this list and employ one or several of these hacks. Your productivity will soar.

Pick Something Small

One of the big reasons we procrastinate is because something feels overwhelming. There’s too much to do, so we choose to forget about it for a little while. It’s a coping mechanism, just not a very productive one. Instead, pick one thing, something small that you can do right now to move you in the right direction. This creates momentum and forces you to take action.

 

Set A Time And Go

Another hack that works like a charm is to set a timer. Your phone has one built-in, as do most smartwatches. Set it for fifteen or twenty minutes and chip away at a task you’ve been procrastinating on. This works just as well for decluttering your closet as it does for filling out those dreaded expense reports. If twenty minutes feels too long, start with ten. Again, the goal is to start and do something.

Bribe Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with bribing yourself if that’s what motivates you. Work on a home improvement project for an hour and then watch an episode of your favorite show. Or promise yourself a new gadget or pair of shoes when you finish painting the living room. Come up with something that motivates you and go for it. Remind yourself of the prize at the end of the project whenever you’re tempted to put things off for another day.

 

Find An Accountability Partner

Find someone else who’s either trying to be more productive or beat procrastination themselves. Check-in with each other daily. Share what you want to accomplish and what you will get done today. Knowing you have to report to someone else makes you take action. It’s also motivating to see the other person do the same. Try it.

 

Measure Your Progress

When you’re working on something long-term like losing thirty pounds, for example, it can be tempting to procrastinate because it doesn’t seem like you’re making much progress. Instead, prove to yourself that you are getting closer and closer by tracking or measuring it. Make a chart, use a spreadsheet, keep a journal. Find a way to measure your progress and use it to motivate yourself to keep going.

Remind Yourself Of Your Why

There’s a reason you’ve decided to do that thing you keep putting off. Think about why you want to get it done. Is it so you get your tax refund? So you can run around with the kids? So you can find the clothes you actually want to wear? Find out you’re why. Write it down and then keep it front and center. Look at it every day before you get ready to get to work.

Just Start

I’ve saved the best for last. It’s the easiest but also the most powerful. Hear this. Just get started. That’s right, sometimes all you have to do is just get moving in the right direction. Do something. Do anything. Even if it’s something super small. You get over that initial hump and start to build some momentum.

 

With-Love-Samantha

 

 

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Krysten Quiles
5 months ago

Girl, I NEEDED this post today, I have been feeling so unmotivated. Thank you! And welcome to the blog world.

Ashley
5 months ago

I can testify that these steps are magic! One small step forward truly is the most important step

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Sam
5 months ago

Thanks for this! Things aren’t working out for me lately on the motivation side and I can surely use these in the coming days!

Desiree
5 months ago

Measuring progress is one of the best ways to stay in progress. I get excited every time I reach a new milestone. Great post!

Amri Deen
5 months ago

Hurray for bribing yourself😀

Brandi
5 months ago

These are great tips! Sometimes the smallest steps make the biggest impact. Thank you for the encouragement!

Ash
5 months ago

I definitely need more motivation sometimes!

Reut shaviro
5 months ago

Nice post 🙂

Flawless World
4 months ago

These are such great and helpful hacks, especially #1 and #7! Picking something small and going from there is a great way to start when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and just diving into something is a great way to combat overthinking. Thanks for sharing!

Malaika Archer
4 months ago

Love this. Accountability is the one that stuck out for me, so important.

Adventure Awaits Us At Home

Thanks did these tips. Following will make it easier to get to those projects I’ve put off. I like the idea of chipping away at a project. I need to do this for the larger projects if I want to ever get them done.

Stacy
4 months ago

Love these tips! This is exactly what I needed, thank you.

Marie
4 months ago

The most important part to me is to start, set a goal and go for it.

Kaybee Lives
4 months ago

I love this! As someone who works alone and lives alone, sometimes I struggle with self-motivation and there is not always someone I can ask to help me with it. Thanks for these great tips to use next time I am feeling stuck!

Desiree
3 months ago

I love bribing myself. I find it really helps me to get stuff done. Great post!

ruben
3 months ago

I literally never thought of setting a timer on my phone. I get distracted very easily so setting a timer will limit my distractions. Thanks for the tip!

Thrive with Mariya
3 months ago

Reminding myself of my why always helps me to keep going. You should define a strong why that means a lot to you. Every time you think there’s no reason to continue, remind yourself of this why.