How to get out of a productivity rut

As human beings we naturally go through periods of productivity and motivation and sometimes we go through periods where we lack ambition and energy to do what we know we need to do. Even the most accomplished professionals wake up some days just not wanting get out of bed. While this is a natural ebb and flow of life, it’s important that we don’t get stuck.

  1. you have to make your own motivation.

If there’s one thing I have learned it is that you cannot wait for motivation to strike, it never does. You can however, manufacture your own motivation. It sounds counter-intuitive but it really does work. Start small and turn on a playlist of songs that get you pumped and put you in a good frame of mind. Sometimes this is all it takes to get you started. Personally I use the “Mood Booster” and “Workout” playlists on Spotify so I spend less time deciding on which song I want to start with.

2. Get up

Sometimes getting up out of bed or out of the chair is the hardest part of the day. Once you’re up it’s much easier to get going. The best method I’ve found is Mel Robbins’ 5 second rule. The rule is that you count down from 5 and by the time you reach 0 you need to get up. I personally use this strategy on days where I’m really not looking forward to getting out of bed. As simple as it may sound, it’s a very effective tool and may people have found success using it. What are you waiting for? 5…4…3…2…1… Let’s get started!

3. Keep the momentum going

I find it extremely helpful to listen to inspiring/ productive videos and audio books while I complete my tasks. If I need to simply clean the apartment or work on the computer I will queue up some audio books which will help keep my mind engaged as well as keep me on my inspirational high. They trick is to make sure you’re not listening to something that will make you feel the need to compare yourself to the creator, only things that make you feel positive and make you want to improve yourself for your own sake.

Here’s a list of some of my favourite audio books I’ve listened to in the past month

  1. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
  2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  3. Feeling Good by David D. Burns

4. Celebrate the small accomplishments

Sometimes we can feel like we’re not doing as much as other people or not as much as we “should” be doing. The reality is any small task you finish gets you one step closer to where you want to be. Even if you only complete one thing on your to-do list, celebrate! If you never give yourself a pat on the back you’re not going to want to do the hard things because you’re not allowing yourself to have the satisfaction of getting the work done. Not to mention once you get started it’s much easier to keep going once you’ve got some momentum behind you.

These are some of the tools I use when I’m feeling like I need a kickstart to motivate myself. We tend to go through cycles of feeling motivated and then feeling not-so-motivated, so don’t feel discouraged if these tips work for a while and then you find yourself feeling “blah” again in a few months, It happens to everyone. Over the years I have found that these techniques help me no matter how many times I feel like I’ve fallen off the productivity wagon.

What are some of your productivity tips? I’m always looking for new tricks to try, leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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