Some days are just blah and you don’t really want to do anything, but taking action and getting something done will usually make you feel better. Here’s how to take on the day when you don’t feel like doing anything.
How to Take on the Day When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything
If you wake up and you’re just totally overwhelmed by life, I like to take on the day by starting with the smallest actions possible that are as un-overwhelming as possible.
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For example, maybe you’re still in bed. The smallest action you could take to start your day would be to get one toe out of bed. 😃 I heard this idea from a therapist once a long time ago. Getting your whole body out of bed might sound overwhelming, but having one tiny little baby toe hanging over the edge of your mattress isn’t too bad, is it?
The secret to motivation is that it’s all about momentum. When you’re at a complete stop, it’s very difficult to get moving, but if you can start moving even a tiny bit, you’ll build up momentum and be able to keep going more easily and with less effort. I’d also recommend reading The Compound Effect, which is all about how tiny, barely noticeable changes can make a huge difference in your life over a long period of time.
Thus the idea of taking the smallest action possible to get started.
Ok, now what? Take the next smallest step. Turn on your computer. Read an inspirational blog post on your phone or on our app. Get your leg out of bed.
Break down the task into its smallest possible parts: put your name on your essay, write a title, write the first paragraph, write the second paragraph, etc. Check, check, check.
You can customize this depending on what you’re trying to do. If you want to start working out in the morning, put your workout clothes out the night before. In the morning, get out of bed and put on your workout clothes. Once you’re wearing running shoes, you would feel pretty silly if you didn’t actually go work out.
If you’re trying to eat healthier, buy a bag of baby carrots and hummus for your fridge (or your preferred healthy snack). When you’re hungry, you’ll be looking for quick, convenient snacks, and then your fridge already has healthy options available.
You want to make it as easy as possible for you to succeed at meeting your goals. Start by taking small actions to prepare for successfully taking on the day. Related: How to Set Goals When You’re Depressed.
Good luck. 🙂
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