How to Get Stuff Done When You're Totally Not Feeling it.

It’s time to get moving and get to work. You know what your to do list looks like. You know what your goals are.

But ugh. You just don’t feel like it. So instead of hopping online to tackle your entrepreneurial duties, you wind up lost on the interwebs, browsing cat pictures and celebrity gossip networks.

Sound familiar?

Truth be told, we all go through periods of time like there. Where motivation is low and distractions are at an all time high. You’re talking to a woman that once convinced herself that in order to work properly, she needed to paint her desk.

Because, hello... colors matter.

I can be the queen of no motivation at times. Luckily, I’ve been able to keep those days are far and few between and I’m guessing you’re ready for that change too.

So let’s talk about it!

How to Get Stuff Done When You're Totally Not Feeling it.
How to Get Stuff Done When You're Totally Not Feeling it.

First of all, I think it’s really important to talk about the root of the problem. Why are you feeling a lack of motivation? I don’t mean to get all heavy on you but without answering this question, chances are that you’re not going to be able to remedy it properly.

Really, what’s important is that we make sure that this is just every day, run of the mill lazy. Because that, my friend, we can conquer!

How can we figure out if it’s run of the mill laziness or something more? We put it to the test! Now this is the part you probably won’t like much. Go find something on your to do list. And just start it. Work at it for like 15 minutes. If you can get through it, you were just feeling run of the mill lazy. And that’s totally fine.

Are you burnt out- Exhausted- Have you been taking care of yourself properly- Are you actually pursuing a dream you love-
Are you burnt out- Exhausted- Have you been taking care of yourself properly- Are you actually pursuing a dream you love-

If you can’t make it through or you can even will yourself to start, you need think about something bigger.

But for the sake of today’s post, we’re going to assume that you’re feeling blah. Which, again, is A-okay. Everyone has those days.

All right. So let’s combat that totally blah feeling and get stuff done.

First things first. You need to set the mood.

That means you need to create a totally work friendly environment. Now I know this sounds a lot like feeding your procrastination but trust me. If you’re already there and you’re not in a work friendly environment, you’ll spend all of your work time distracted. So just cut to the chase and make your space work for you.

That means tidying the area up a bit, lighting a candle or something that you like, putting away papers, TURNING OFF THE TV. Yep, I’m using yellie caps because the worst thing for you is a TV. If you need background noise, turn on music. There are very few things that will keep you motivated like music will.

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Figure out your priorities.

Raise your hand if you’re one of those people that starts listing off every little thing you need to do in life when you’re totally not wanting to work on something. Did you raise your hand? Hey, no shame! There have been so many times when I’ve done this whole thing...

“Well, I do need to work out but you know, I’m really tired and I still have so much to do. I need to dust the entertainment stand and wash the dog... you know, the cats probably could use a bath too so I might as well do that. Which means I should just plan on scrubbing the bathroom down which I really should do anyway....” and it goes on and on and on.

Nip that in the bud right now. I’m serious. And you could do this so easily by setting priorities.

Go ahead and make that ridiculous list of things you should do. Make the to do list of your dreams. And then figure out what MUST be done today. Pick 3 things. And really devote yourself to those three things. When they’re done, you can move on to the rest. And if you don’t want to do the rest after that, well, that was a procrastinators list.

Break down your big tasks.

Sometimes the real issue is that you feel overwhelmed with what you need to do! You’re looking at that item on your to do list and you’re just like whoa. Too much. When I started The Flamingo Project, I stared at it for a good week before diving in. Because it was just so big to me! What helped was breaking it down.

Take that big task and create a recipe for it. Step one, this needs done. Step two, that needs done. And so on and so forth. Then you can tackle each step individually. Which is way easier than trying to just take it all on an once.

Take a few moments to just smile.

All right. That sounds crazy, I know. But it’s one of the best things that you can do. You’ve heard the phrase “fake it till you make it?” There’s actually some truth to that. At least in this scenario. Sit down and think about your work. While you’re thinking, just smile. Even if it’s fake. Think about how much you love typing. Or how much you love creating XYZ. And keep smiling. Eventually your brain will do this thing... it’ll be there, all blah, and say “Wait a tic! The face is smiling! We’re happy! Send out the happy!”

And woolah. You’re feeling better about working.

Which is totally a good thing. Studies have proven that Hence why I think all corporate offices should have indoor playgrounds complete with adult ball pits.

But no one listens to me.

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Enlist an “accountabili-buddy.”

Yep, we’re making up words now. But this is a good one. Okay. I want you to pick up your phone. No, we’re not making phone calls! I’m not a monster! But we’re going to send someone a text. Pick a person that you trust. A person that is reliable. Someone that understands. Someone that you respect. And tell them “Hey! I need to do XYZ today. But totally not motivated to get it done. Can you be my cheerleader? Help hold me to my goals and check in?” Chances are, you’re friend will help motivate you.

And if they don’t, you’ll want to get it done so you don’t have to say “uhm... actually, I just binge watched Gilmore Girls all day.”

Walk Away.

And finally, if none of this helps, if you’re just totally not into it right now, just walk away. Grab your dog or cat and go for a walk. {And if it’s a cat, please send me a video because cats on leashes are my favorite.}

Allow yourself the grace to be human and try again tomorrow. Because in the end, if you’re totally not feeling it and you can’t motivate yourself with any of these tips, then you’re probably not going to do your best work anyway. And you probably need a day off. So enjoy a day off, brush yourself off and get back at it tomorrow.

Trust me, it’ll work out.

Until next time, have a beautiful day!