We’ve all been there: There are tasks to complete, things to do and people to reach out to, but you lack any motivation to get going.
Finding ways to get inspired is crucial. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
1. Watch TED Talks.
Look for TED Talks that have good viewership (50,000+ views) and are on topics you find interesting. The talks don’t all have to be about empowering, “you can do it!” themes. You might find it inspiring to hear other people’s career stories or learn something new about technology, the world, a community or history. Learning can often motivate us to get going.
This is my TEDx Talk for example
2. Read or Listen to Audio Books.
Along the lines of No. 1, learning through reading (or listening to an e-book) can give you new ideas, a fresh perspective or new information that motivates you to approach your work differently.
3. Participate in Online Courses.
I’m a huge consumer of online learning. I love how easy it is to watch a course, take the quiz or complete the exercises and know my knowledge or skills on that topic has been expanded. LinkedIn Learning comes packed with hundreds of courses on topics ranging from how to exit the military, to learning project management, to having an honest conversation with your boss … and many more! Udemy, MasterClass and others also offer online learning that’s consumable, cost effective and will enrich your education experience.
These are my LinkedIn Learning
4. Do Something Creative.
Coloring, drawing, floral arranging or writing can help you tap into that side of your brain that is stimulated by creativity. Even if your job isn’t inherently creative or you’re in a job search, doing something creative can be a great way to find motivation for other tasks.
Today, most of us spend so much time behind desks and computers that we forget there’s a whole beautiful world outside. When you’re feeling uninspired, consider walking around the block, riding your bike or otherwise being in nature, moving. A 15-minute walk can help you feel more invigorated than three cups of coffee.
6. Talk to a Friend or Mentor.
Find someone in your network with whom you can share your lack of enthusiasm. Consider a friend or mentor who knows your background and future goals, and can offer insight and support.
7. Change Your Environment.
If you have flexibility in where you work, consider a different room or place to set up your computer for the day. An outside patio or neighborhood coffee shop can do wonders to inspire you. Or if you’re in an office, maybe borrow a conference room or set up in the break room to get the change of scenery you need.
8. Do Anything.
Even a small, insignificant task (change out the laundry, file your email inbox messages, plan next week’s meals and accompanying grocery list) can help motivate you to do those larger tasks that need to get done.
9. Help Someone.
When I feel less than motivated, I find that helping someone else picks me back up. Consider mentoring someone, offer to help someone learn LinkedIn if you’ve gotten good at it or offer to be the shoulder for someone to vent to. By being of service, you take the focus off your needs and lack of motivation, and shift to helping.
10. Give Yourself Grace.
No one feels motivated and inspired all the time. Everyone hits a roadblock, mentally and emotionally, from time to time. Resist the urge to get angry or frustrated with yourself and just breathe into it. Know that with time, the feelings will pass, and you’ll be back to yourself, ready to get going. But for now, breathe, call a friend and honor the experience.