As a second-semester high school senior, I can attest that “senioritis” is a very real thing. I’ve witnessed the plunge in motivation among my peers and personally experienced this affliction.
After months of drafting, revising, and editing what felt like a million college essays, it was the biggest relief to finally submit all my applications and be done. Half of me wanted to jump for joy and half of me wanted to face-plant onto my bed.
Over the past month, my motivation has definitely been lacking. I am still achieving good grades in school, but doing so feels like more of a climb than it used to. Writer’s block has prevented me from producing consistent blog content. My goal to read the Bible daily has been a challenge to meet as I have felt less inclined to open His Word lately.
January is the month we grind to hit our goals, but you may be faced with burnout once February comes along. Whether you are putting off the gym, slacking on your work, or simply struggling to get out of bed, here are some ways to stay motivated!
REST AND RECHARGE
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Everyone needs a break from time to time.
I am the type of person who wants to do it all. I hate saying “no” and I tend to test the limits on how much I can get done in X amount of time. When I fail to complete an impossible number of tasks, I often beat myself up over it. This inevitably leads to burnout.
If you feel stuck or tired, give yourself grace. Your mental health will suffer if you do not set aside time for rest. Recharging with a good night’s sleep, some acts of self-care, or stress-relieving practices will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take action.
REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR “WHY”
It can be easy to get lost in the steps we must take to achieve our goals and forget about why we set them in the first place. If there is no reason behind your actions, trying to stay motivated will feel impossible.
Ask yourself why you are doing what you’re doing. How will your hard work pay off? Will you or those around you benefit? How will you feel when you reach your goal? What could life look like if you continue to pursue? Reconnect with your purpose and write it down.
RECONSTRUCT YOUR GOALS
The feeling of being stuck in a rut often stems from setting unrealistic goals. When we place the finish-line too far away, the amount of work put in seems far greater than the progress yielded. Reevaluate your existing goals and edit them to better fit your life. Breaking up overarching tasks into several smaller ones will make them appear more manageable and within reach.
You can also try creating completely new goals for yourself. If there is something you’ve been dying to try or master, make it a priority to achieve. Working towards something entirely different than what you are used to is sure to spice things up and ignite some motivation!
Motivation starts with inspiration, so surround yourself with as much of it as possible! Listen to an interesting podcast, play an energizing Spotify playlist, read a book, create a mood board…whatever will get your creativity juices flowing.
It’s important to remember that while inspiration can spark motivation, you must find a balance between consuming and creating. Scrolling through Pinterest will only get you so far! Don’t allow getting inspired to become a form of procrastination.
SWITCH UP YOUR ROUTINE
Getting caught in the same old routine can lead to going through the motions of life instead of performing with passion and innovation. Sometimes, a little change in pace is exactly what we need to spark some motivation.
Take a different route to school, exercise at a park instead of the gym, do work at a local coffee shop, set your alarm 30 minutes earlier, make spontaneous plans with friends…anything to snap yourself out of autopilot mode! Try to shake up your surroundings and break free from rigid routine.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ENCOURAGING PEOPLE
The outlook of those around you will greatly influence your own. Filling your social life with unfulfilling relationships and negative people can ultimately limit you from reaching your goals. What good is it to have “friends” who aren’t supportive and only tear you down?
Surround yourself with people who will cheer you on, push you to be your best, empathize when you struggle, and celebrate your successes. It is also extremely motivating to be around others who are working towards their own goals, whether similar to yours or not. Overall, welcome people into your life who have drive and cultivate positivity.
Motivation gives you the spirit to start, but it can disappear as quickly as it came. That is where self-discipline comes into play. However, re-igniting your motivation can help you get back on track with achieving your goals. I hope you found this post helpful! How do you stay motivated when you feel burnt out?