How To Get Motivated When You Don't Feel Like Doing Anything

Ever slept in on your content creation day?

I have.

Whether it's procrastination, sheer fatigue or some sort of mindset block, everyone -including you and me - has avoided doing something that needed to be done in exchange for doing something that felt more comfortable or safe.

The truth is: Sometimes I don’t effing feel like it. I don’t feel like getting out of my warm bed in the morning. I don’t feel like chauffeuring little people from place to place. I don’t feel like preparing my lunch for the week.

Sometimes I don’t effing feel like doing anything.

I just want to sleep in and watch Scandal reruns. I want to lounge about, get my inbox to zero and convince myself that my numerous distractions aren’t a sign of poor boundaries. I want to pretend I’m super busy and hyper productive.

The last thing I want to do is schedule my social media posts, grow my list, write a blog post or send a newsletter.

Unfortunately, I can’t pay my bills with followers or by answering trivia about Orange is the New Black.

Tweet This: Get motivated! You can't pay your bills with followers or by answering trivia about Orange Is The New Black.

I’ve gotta work, work, work, work, work, work (in my best Rihanna impression).

Have you ever felt like you don’t want to do ANYTHING?

I’ve compiled some expert advice to help you get + stay motivated (and uber productive) on days when you’d rather stay in bed.

I recently caught one of the ever-inspirational Scopes from Rachel Luna and during it she shared her five tips on How To Focus & Get Things Done When You're Not In The Mood.

RACHEL LUNA OF RACHELLUNA.BIZ SAYS…

  1. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water to re-energize your cells
  2. Keep your vision in front of you. Rachel shared her goals and the image she has on her way to constantly remind her of what she’s working towards.

  3. Ask yourself. How badly do I want the things I say I want? This tip gave me goose bumps. I’m a big advocate for women using marketing strategies and technology to get more visible but I’ve been avoiding doing video and webinars (This called me out on some of my negative beliefs and forced me to take action. Love it!)

  4. Decide. Determine what you will do and what action you will take by any means necessary.

  5. Find inspiration. She also shared how music impacts her life and suggested creating playlists to help lighten or uplift your mood.

You can find more about Rachel Luna at RachelLuna.biz. You can also grab her Cracking the Confidence Code Challenge here.

My Advice

If you’re feeling like you don’t want to do anything, start with a gut check. Is this fear? Is it burnout? Is it depression? Am I resisting my success?

If it's fear

Find a sheet of paper and write down everything you have to do for the day. From there, circle the thing that scares you. You’ll want to take action on this item first. When I am feeling paralyzed by fear it helps me to disprove my fears. I do this by finding a sheet of paper and folding it in half. On one side I write down everything that I need to do that’s related to that big, scary fear.

On the other side of the paper, I draw a vertical line to separate the following three questions:

  1. Can I do this?
  2. Do I have the tools/resources I need to do this?
  3. Do I need to outsource this part of the project?

Whenever I am fearful, I tend to procrastinate. This procrastination prevents me from completing tasks that need to be completed to move forward. And, when I procrastinate and miss details, I tend to beat myself up.

Suddenly, I’m not good at anything.  And, my self-confidence takes a hit.

Procrastinating coupled with poor self-confidence are a recipe for disaster.

When I answer these three questions, I tend to feel better about taking action. I’m more confident in my decision and I have a clear road map of what needs to be done, making it less scary.

If it's burnout or exhaustion

Take a mental health day. Sometimes the best thing you can do is give yourself time and space to recover from your busy lifestyle. It’s ok to take one day (every once in awhile) and rest on the couch. Give yourself permission (without guilt lady) to not do anything to move forward.

If it's Depression

If you’re having this feeling more often than YOU would like, it might be time to talk to someone. Reach out to a trusted professional to discuss your options.

If It’s Good Old Resistance Trying To Make/Keep You Small

Fight it.

Ask yourself:

  1. Am I ok with not helping {insert your ideal client] resolve [your ideal clients’ top challenge]?
  2. Am I embracing comfort and playing small?
  3. Will this (not doing anything) get me closer to my goals?

It’s the times that I push through those feels that makes all the difference in my life & business.

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When was the last time you didn’t feel like doing anything? How did you push through it? If you didn’t, what did you do instead?