Working can and should be extremely fun and rewarding when you are honestly doing something that you love, but sometimes motivation can be scarce, and it can be hard to keep the hustle going. Doing the same things daily can become a little monotonous, especially if there is something you’re just not a fan of doing (I’m looking at you emails and unheard messages). Knowing how to motivate yourself in instances like these can be super beneficial in not only your professional life but your personal life as well.

Here are five ways we can all motivate ourselves:

Reduce daily distractions

Technology can either be our best friend or our worst enemy. That’s why it’s crucial to reduce daily distractions. A tip I always like to try is to take a step back.

When I’m in the middle of a crazy work week, and I am severely lacking the will to continue, one thing that I’ve found is that it is good to actually step away from the computer and phone for a few minutes. Give yourself 15-30 minutes to pause whatever you are doing and do something fun or relaxing. This can be an excellent way to refresh your mind and get you excited to jump back into work again.

Create a motivating soundtrack

There are some days when I sit down to write, and I have absolutely zero motivation to create. When it strikes, there is usually only one thing that will get me in the mood —jamming out to my favorite Spotify playlist: a little 90s pop music here, some indie pop there. Blasting some upbeat music that you love is a great way to get hyped up and ready to slay the day. Also, find the best hype song for you and blast it first thing to start your day.

Declutter your workspace

Nothing is worse than that feeling of searching endlessly for a little piece of paper where you wrote a critical note on about a week ago. Or better yet, having a stack of papers strewn all over the desk and you have no clue if they are essential or just trash taking up empty space. If your workplace is a mess, it will spill into your life, and it will cause extra attention that does not need to have a place in your life. So run to your favorite supply store and load up on pens, paper, organizers, sticky notes, planners/organizers, the whole nine yards. A clean and organized life is a happy one. Trust me.

Write your goals and tasks

Whenever I’m lacking the motivation, I always try to find some new inspiration and then write down the dreams that I wish to come to fruition. Browsing through Pinterest at beautiful photography and fun DIY projects, as well as, checking out my favorite blogs usually motivates me like no other. Seeing others totally owning their craft and owning their creativity is a great way to get those creative juices flowing for yourself. Use it to fuel you and to motivate you to work harder on your goals.

Reflect on your accomplishments

We all start a project in life, big or small, with a specific goal in mind. Whether you’re working on a business-related purpose or a personal one, you’ve got a final result in mind that you’d like to achieve. When you have moments where you’re lacking a desire to be great, it can be constructive to remind yourself of why you wake up every morning, of why you are even working at this in the first place. Another little incentive is to set a small reward for yourself for a job well done. If you have a pressing deadline or a task that you need to stop putting off, set a reward for yourself once you’ve accomplished the task at hand. It doesn’t have to be something significant and expensive — a well-earned glass of wine or a night of binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix would work to sis.

How do you find motivation?

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