Keep motivated all the time

Motivation is rather elusive, isn’t it? Some days you feel it, and other days you can’t grab a measly corner of it no matter how hard you try. You stare at the computer screen, willing yourself to type, create, develop, and instead you find yourself simply going through the motions, barely caring about the work you’re producing. Needless to say, you’re totally uninspired, and you don’t know how to make yourself feel otherwise.

Quora users have been there, and they have real and practical solutions for digging up that lost motivation and getting a job not just done—but completed with a sense of passion. Read on for seven tips and tricks that’ll get you motivated in no time.

1. Don’t Think About it as Hard Work

There is only one way for me to motivate myself to work hard: I don’t think about it as hard work. I think about it as part of making myself into who I want to be. Once I’ve made the choice to do something, I try not to think so much about how difficult or frustrating or impossible that might be; I just think about how good it must feel to be that, or how proud I might be to have done that. Make hard look easy.

Marie Stein

Think about it: If the project you’re faced with isn’t viewed as drudgery, but rather as a piece of the puzzle that’s helping you along your career path, then perhaps the energy required to do it will be easier to come by.

2. Create Small, Bite-Sized Goals

There’s a reason donut holes are so lovable. They’re easy to eat. Before you know it, you’ve eaten a dozen of them. This is how goals should be too. Of course you should have a really big, audacious goal. But make sure you break down that goal into bite-sized, consumable goals. This way you’ll feel like you’re making progress in your journey and you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete the smaller goals. A feeling of progress and achievement is a beautiful combination.

Nelson Wang

You’ve no doubt heard this advice before, but have you applied it to motivation? Completing a large project is daunting when you don’t know where to begin. How can you finish if you don’t even know where you’re starting? So, rather than focusing on a large, scary goal, take one thing at a time, and break the big goal into ideas you can digest one at a time.

3. Read Daily

Make sure you carve out time in your day to read. (I recommend the early mornings before everyone is awake.) Read for at least one hour a day. If that’s too much, start with 20 minutes [a day] and do it for one month (habit). Develop a belief that reading is the quickest way to success. It will make reading a breeze, and extremely fun/rewarding (if you’re driven by success). The most successful people in the world attribute their success to reading a lot of books (Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Elon Musk).

Curtis Blackmore

Although it may sound counter-productive to set aside reading time when really what you’re looking for is motivation to work hard, sometimes it’s necessary to do something seemingly unrelated to tackle the task at hand. Developing a daily reading habit is one thing that’s likely to have a long-lasting impact on your thought processes, ultimately inspiring you in all areas of your life.

4. Stop Caring About the Things That Don’t Matter

Doing things that don’t mean anything costs [us] a ton of mental energy. Look at your aggregated to-do list, find things you know that you don’t care about, and get rid of as many of these activities as possible. You will stay more consistently motivated if you’re working on activities that are inherently meaningful or are part of a larger mission.

Nick Miller

Look very carefully and closely at your list, and shave off anything that’s both truly demotivating and unnecessary for you to do. It’s not always best to finish what you started if, down the line, you can’t even remember the reason you started something in the first place.

5. Set a Quit Time

Entrepreneurs tend to stray from the typical 8 to 5 workday, and global accessibility through emails and Skype makes it more than easy to have a 24-hour workday. But it’s important to recognize when enough is enough. Set a realistic quitting time for yourself, and stick to it most days of the week. Stop answering emails after 8 PM, or take Sundays off. You’ll feel more refreshed and more productive when you allow yourself some down time.

Matt Holmes

Raise your hand if you’re motivated 24/7! I didn’t think I’d see any hands. It’s unrealistic to feel energized all the time, to want to plow through tasks all the time. You need to give yourself a rest, and if that means giving yourself a specified set time to unplug or turn away from the demands of your job, then do it. It’s likely to help you perform harder and smarter in the hours that you do allot for work.

6. Just Do It

To get motivated to start doing something, from my own experience, the most effective trick for me is to just do it (sounds trite, but it works). As soon as you think something needs to be done, jump into it, doing it immediately (of course, provided the conditions are feasible). You must not think about anything else, suppressing all other thoughts, keeping your mind blank, acting like a robot. Yes, it sounds weird, but it does work! Otherwise, you will debate whether you should do it now or there were too many issues with doing it, or there are other more pleasurable and exciting things to do over this boring task.

Bob Win

Now here’s some worthwhile advice: Instead of waiting around, willing yourself to feel motivated, what if you just went ahead and started doing the work you know you need to do? Dive into the project and trust that the focus will be what you need.

7. Celebrate Wins

Start acknowledging all the good you are doing. Don’t discount the little things. I mean, how many times do you scold yourself for doing something small that wasn’t perfect? How often do you think the good things such as being on time, or signing a new client is simply how it’s meant to be? They need celebrating. You need more wins in your life. This will motivate you, encourage you, and help you see how brilliant you truly are.

Kai Ashley

If you’re constantly waiting for a long-term payoff, you forget how crucial all the little wins are. And it can be challenging to stay motivated and on top of things if there’s no reward in sight. Treat yourself with small things and don’t underestimate how gratifying it can feel to recognize tiny advancements.

I thank Stacey Gowronski , Senior editor of “The Muse” who is the author of this article.

Glorify and live in the present and invigorate for your well-being

Your wife tells you your neighbor purchased a new car once again! And also that this is the third consecutive year he has been replacing his cars with brand new ones?
When you went to school to collect your child, you came to know that your son is at least 4 or 5 points down from the top scorer in his class?
You find your wife rushing to the Gym, five minutes after she came back from work. She came to know she gained 3.4 pounds during last three months?
Don’t get in to this race! These attitudes put unnecessary strain on your mind and cause diseases like diabetes and hyper tension.
Enjoy the present – this year, this month, this week, today and right now!
Having a cup of coffee after you returned from your work-out? Do not check for your emails and face book. They can wait. Enjoy every sip of the coffee. Ponder over what you did better today and try to pat yourself. If you chase new levels of success without taking time to relax and rejuvenate, it will drain your mind and you won’t get satisfaction out of what you do.
Do not harass your 5-year old to match his scores with those of his first ranker. Tell your wife, she is doing fine with her weight compared to what she was when she returned from a 6 week trip to India.
Coming back to your neighbor – if you have a chat with him, you may come to know that he has hyper acidity and constipation and was recently declared as pre-diabetic by his family doctor. Let your wife know about this! Your emotional health(as well as your wife’s!) is just as important as your physical health.
Just as you cater some time for all other tasks, spare some time to jot down what you did better today and reward yourself. You can sleep an hour more in the week-end. Your wife can have her favorite Ice cream when she is treating your kids for the Halloween!

health tips for a better you!

health-tips-300x222Consult any nutritionist and she will give you the same advice. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and eating the right food is vital. It will provide energy for your everyday tasks. Dinner on the other hand, should be light so that it is digested easily. Another thing to remember is to avoid skipping meals. Starving yourself will not help; it will make your body weak and affect your health in the long run. (Read:Healthy breakfast ideas)

Go for regular health check-ups –Let no secrets come between you and your body.

Health check-ups are not just for old people. Everyone should get one complete body check-up done annually, to know if there is anything wrong with their body. Diagnosing a problem in its initial stage is always better. Another thing to do it to get health insurance once you start earning. You will be paying lesser premium for a good cover as you will be in a better state of health. (Read:10 life-saving health tests you should take)

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Health and Wealth Tips for a New Year

health (1)Most New Year’s Resolutions involve health and money. Lose 20 pounds, for example, or save $50 a week. Most people think of health and wealth as “separate” goals but, in fact, both aspects of life are closely related. Want to be healthy and wealthy? Consider these 12 steps:

Build “Health Capital”
Health is a financial asset, just like stocks and bonds. It decreases the odds of costly medical bills today and/or later in life. Eat nutritious meals, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and manage stress. Without good health, you can’t earn an income and build wealth. One study found that older workers with chronic health problems accumulated less than half the wealth of healthier peers.

Don’t Burn Your Money
Quit smoking or don’t start. An average pack of cigarettes costs $6. Multiply $6 by 365 days and you could save $2,190 a year, plus interest (not to mention all the positive health effects!). Invest $2,190 in a mutual fund averaging 7% and you’ll have $138,515 in 25 years.

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