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The 10 best tips for motivation - this is how you get active

There are times when the work is easy and with pleasure, but also times when it seems impossible to get it up. Especially when unpleasant activities such as the income tax declaration, bookkeeping or renovation work are pending, suddenly and completely uninvited the weaker self wakes up. It is as if he were sitting on his shoulder in the form of a male - and whispering: “The news is more important now, and also much more relaxing.” Or: “Come on, on the couch! You deserve to rest now. "

The male is basically right: recovery phases and appreciation of one's own work are important and necessary!

Often, however, it is “false rewards”, convenience and a lack of techniques that keep us from finally tackling the unpleasant activities. Even if we are so unmotivated, these have to be done not only at some point, but in certain circumstances on time!

There is a remedy for displeasure and frustration! This motivational blog will tell you the 10 best tips on how to motivate yourself:

Tip 1: what to do?

First of all, clarify what is important, i.e. how important are the tasks that need to be completed. Answer questions such as: “What is this good for?”, “Do I really have to do this?”, “What is my motivation?” And “Who but me could solve this task (better)?”.

This may seem strange to you, but there is a little magic behind it:
Questions that have not yet been answered or are unclear block the workflow.
When the purpose of an activity is clear, it increases motivation: You get up more easily and do the tasks better and in less time.

Tip 2: "First work, then pleasure"

Many have heard this phrase before. It is of great importance in this context and you can build on it:

Put the uncomfortable tasks at the beginning of the day so that the "worst" is soon behind you. The work that you then dedicate yourself to will become a pleasure.

Tip 3: plan fixed times

Whether you are training for a marathon, writing a book or working on a project for a client - plan your week! Enter binding times in your appointment calendar, e.g .: Monday 2 hours, Wednesday 1 hour, Friday 2 hours and Sunday 3 hours.

You will take fixed dates in the calendar more seriously than vaguely set times. Your appointments with yourself offer you structure and a stable framework. Both will help you achieve your goal.

Tip 4: realistic times

In particular, we find tasks that are not very motivating if we can only roughly survey the time span and where there is uncertainty about the task at hand. These projects seem “too big” and “overwhelming” to us. A good schedule is needed here:

Write down which steps you would like to take on which day and mark the time required for them. Make sure to include time buffers in your schedule for unforeseen difficulties, for breaks (such as a short walk) and for any lunchtime lows.

Tip 5: How does time pressure work?

Are you someone who works better without time pressure and gets creative in the process, or do you only run into top form when deadlines or deadlines spur you on? Do you need to work continuously without stress or are you motivated by the increasing time pressure with which the upcoming tasks suddenly run like clockwork?

Find out what type you are and use your nature!

If you are a creative then give yourself the time you need right from the start. Build in fixed times in which you consciously work on your tasks.

If you are the time pressure type, then you can outsmart emerging reluctance by setting deadlines for yourself, e.g. with time-bound to-do lists.

Tip 6: the constructive to-do list

To-do lists are a very powerful tool in the context of motivation.
Marking off items that have already been completed from a to-do list as "done" is fun and provides additional incentives.

In the case of larger projects, it makes sense to break down the task into smaller sub-items. The completion of these smaller subtasks not only prevents postponement, but motivates you to stick to it.

Tip 7: attention - technical stress!

There are now sufficient studies on the stress factor “technology”. As helpful as it may be, technology can also distract you from work. The Internet is certainly a great asset when it comes to research, and yet there is a great risk of being distracted by insignificant things.

Therefore: turn off your cell phone and go offline so that you are less distracted and can concentrate better.

Tip 8: stay tuned!

Set goals and keep an eye on them! The clearer you see your goal in your mind's eye, the more likely you are to stick with it.

Do you know the good feeling when you have achieved a goal? - Use it before you have finished your work. Imagine the completion! Realize how relieved you feel and how proud you will be when you have done your job. This feeling will get you through some low motivation.

Tip 9: How appreciation motivates

Recognition and appreciation are the best engines for motivation. Now you will not always be applauding loudly when you have completed a task satisfactorily. Nevertheless, you can receive the necessary recognition and appreciation and thereby further motivate yourself.
Praise yourself once for completing a large or uncomfortable task. Pat yourself on the shoulder with a pronounced, "Well done!"

Because of "self-praise stinks!"

- Sabine Asgodom put it very aptly in “Self-praise is right!”.
Yes, you can be proud of yourself! Self-praise is good and makes you want to venture into new projects.

Tip 10: if all else fails ...

And if hops and malt are lost, no tip motivates you and there seems to be an impenetrable black hole in your brain, then you are in good company! Creative crises also overtook successful people, such as: Steve Jobs, Stephen King or Thomas Alva Edison.

“I am not discouraged because every attempt that is rejected as wrong is a further step forward.” Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931), American inventor, discoverer of the glowing electric effect.

There are days like this and it is of little use to ponder this crisis for hours. What you can do? - Break up earlier and do something else! Take a break! You will see that the next day the world looks completely different again.

Would you like to learn more about the 10 tips? Would you like to make your work a success with motivation? Are you curious? Come to my motivational coaching and practice motivation. The best thing to do is to make an appointment here.

Sincerely, your Ulrike Fuchs
Couple counselor and alternative practitioner for psychotherapy

Make an appointment now!

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The texts on were created with care and serve informal purposes. The content is in no way intended to induce you to discontinue medical treatment, to make a self-diagnosis, to carry out a treatment yourself or to avoid a doctor's visit. On the contrary: The information given here is by no means a substitute for professional medical advice, support and treatment.

Editing: Dr. phil. Karin Afshar Frankfurt / Main
Photo: Christian Kasper, Photography Munich
Graphics: Ulrike Fuchs Munich