How to Combat Lack of Motivation

Do you ever just have days where you feel low, with little to no motivation? I have them almost all the time. Perhaps it’s the summer burnout or the fact that we’re living in a global pandemic, but I’ve been feeling low lately. 

Last week, I felt like I was on top of the world! I was having a great work week, I was completing a few online courses and I took Riven on many long walks. It was great. But once Friday hit, I was done. I wanted to curl up in bed and stay there. This feeling came out of nowhere, and I was a little frustrated by it. 

In an effort to combat this, I dragged my sisters with me for a lovely Friday evening walk. We were out for about an hour, and it was great. I already felt so much better and was ready to start my long weekend. I wanted to share a few things that have helped me get over those low motivation days. 

Going for an Outdoor Walk 

I love walking, especially during the fall. It’s even better when I bring Riven. Walking is such a great way to release stress and clear your mind. I tend to go on walks without headphones, so I’m more aware of what’s going on around me. Plus, I get to enjoy my neighbourhood with the hustle and bustle that comes with it. 

I also didn’t realize that I was missing out on some great trails to take Riven on. Last week, we visited Beaudry Provincial Park (twice), La Barriere Park, and Little Mountain Park. The goal is to see more before the first snowfall. 

Take Some Time for a Brain Dump

I learned about this a few months ago and has helped when I have many tasks going through my head. Usually, I would start my day with a cup of my favourite tea, sit at my desk, and begin writing anything and everything in my journal (I also mentioned journaling in my last blog post).

If I can’t do this each morning, I will make smaller lists on my calendar that I know I can complete by the end of the day. If I don’t get them done, then they get shifted to the next, and so on. I highly recommend brain dumping – it’s a great way to clear your mind.

Tryout a New or Old Recipe

I’m not much a cook or baker, but I do enjoy trying out recipes. I like to follow the steps and see how everything turns out. A few of my favourite treats to bake is bannock, cookies (classic), and cupcakes. I’m not the greatest, but it’s a moment where I’m only focusing on the task that is currently in front of me. 

I hope this helps you in one way or another. Maybe you have some more tips to share to help combat low motivation days. 

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