Getting things done
We all experience times when we just can’t get motivated. One day you’re all fired up and champing at the bit, excited about all the possibilities your business presents and thrilled by the challenge. The next day you just lounge around limply, feeling bored, boring and mentally lumpy. Not nice. So what can you do when you’re about as motivated as a particularly un-motivated jellyfish?
Acquire the fine art of doing absolutely nothing
Let’s face it, most of us feel pretty guilty about sitting around doing nothing when there’s work to be done. But when you think about it, there’s actually nothing wrong with doing bugger all. Most of the time, the work ethic is a grand thing. Sometimes it’s just a pain in the ass.
Give yourself a break: if you really don’t feel like tackling anything at all, no matter how simple, relax and enjoy the nothingness of it. Being purposeless can feel remarkably good and if you let yourself go, you might just find you’re refreshed beyond all expectations by going with the flow instead of fighting it.
Change your mood
You are in charge of your own mood. Nobody else is responsible for the way you think and feel. They can influence you, but they don’t have the power to control you… unless you let them! The same goes for circumstances. A lot of people swear by it, so try being happy and motivated first and you’ll soon end up actually feeling that way. Instead of waiting for circumstances to make you happy, feel happy and watch your circumstances change. Weird but true. Choose to feel motivated and you never know, the universe might oblige.
On the other hand it might be as simple as talking to someone who always seems to cheer you up, buying a rather splendid piece of cake or watching a bit of daytime telly on your computer instead of doing the accounts.
Analyse what really needs to be done
You might feel you have an insurmountable amount of stuff to do. But how much of it is genuinely vital? Take an emotional step back and look at your ‘to do’ list. Cross off everything that isn’t absolutely mission-critical and dump the rest into a different page in your diary. Stuff it.
You don’t need to sit cross legged and chant ‘ommm’. You can learn the ins and outs of meditation from the bottom up and use it formally whenever the “I can’t be arsed” mood hits you. But meditation can be a simpler affair, involving relaxing to music or even going for a walk. You might find the mildly meditative state you enter while you stroll around the streets is enough to unblock the log jam and get you firing on all cylinders again.
What’s your favourite way to handle bad work moods?
What do you do to get motivated? Skydiving? Picking up sailors? Eating vast quantities of chocolate? We’d love to know how you chase away the demons.