Feeling a little unmotivated? Read this
Are you doing things the best way or are you afraid of change?
The other day I was speaking to a few entrepreneurs who were saying how uninspired they felt. They enjoy their work, but when they come to do it, they just feel… ‘meh’.
So, it got me thinking, what do I do when I feel the inevitable ‘meh’? Well, quite honestly I take a break until I feel inspired again, which doesn’t really take a long time. But then someone asked me, “Yes, but what if there is a tight deadline, and the breaks are not working?”. Well, it is a good question. Deadlines and unproductivity do not make for a good mix. So, let’s say you have taken your break and now it is time to get going, here are my tips to spark you into action.
Change it up
I know thinking out the box is a super big cliche, but I must admit there is some logic there. Think about alternative ways to do your work. So, for example, when I need to write a blog post, I try a few different ways to approach the task in hand. Sometimes I just free flow and then go back and edit and add anything I need to. Other times I write slowly, but I do it in my editing software so that there is little to edit and other times I record myself talking about the points so that the chatty part of me comes across in the blog post. The point is, to keep it fresh. If you are feeling low on energy or inspiration, think of ways you can inject more fun into the task in hand.
Allow yourself to do mindless work
Do great ideas or inspiration come to you when you are in the shower or when you are cleaning up after dinner? That is because it is mindless work. You do not require brain power to do it, your brain has a chance to relax, and ideas flow when you are not in a frantic state.
So if you are working from home, and you need to feel refreshed, go wipe down a surface or clear your space. Something that does not require you to think of it. Exercise is also another great way to 'switch off'. Disconnect to reconnect.
Move your environment
I cannot work in the same place all day. I need to get up and move around. Sometimes it’s a desk kind of work, sometimes it’s a coffee shop, sometimes it the rug. It sounds silly but doing this keeps it fresh. When you are sitting in the same chair all day, and you are taking no breaks, it is not surprising that you feel low vibe. If weather allows (I know very rare in the UK) but if the weather allows it, do some al fresco work.
When I am feeling agitated, I look at my senses. What can I see? What can I feel? What can I smell? What can I taste?
Think about your surroundings. Do they fit the way in which you work best? For me, I cannot work in a messy and cluttered or unclear environment. Even if there is an empty coffee cup, it needs to go, and I cannot focus until it is gone. So it may be that you need to change the look of your working environment. Another one to think about is the scent. There are so many scents that can help you feel more focussed, peppermint, grapefruit and rosemary are just a few. Think candles, think oil diffusers, think wax burners or incense sticks. Scents are so compelling and one of our senses that we all tend to overlook. Another one of our senses that is sometimes neglected is 'taste'. Personally, I love a chai rooibos, I find the cinnamon and ginger great for energy.
So what next? Where do you go from here? I suggest creating a high vibe list, a list of all the things you can do when you are feeling a low vibe. Have a specific section of things that you can do when you need to do some productive work. Keep the list near and to hand so that you can access it at any time. And one last thing, do not force anything. I know it is tempting to try and work through it. But if you are really struggling to focus, try and identify the trigger, or the root of the problem. Ask yourself: What is it, that you really need?
About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is a keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurious destinations.