10 Ways To Motivate Yourself Now

The February slump--we’ve all been there. It’s been winter for a little too long and spring appears out of reach. During these seemingly endless winter days, it’s easy to fall into the Nutella and Netflix trap and never want to leave. But when you need motivation to finish that paper, hit the gym, or anything else that requires the effort you don’t have, try these 10 tips to increase motivation. Visualize The End Point

When you visualize something, it often becomes more “real” and easier to attain. When you visualize yourself achieving something or finishing something you don’t want to do, a sense of motivation is formed in your mind. Just think about how good it will feel when you’re done with that paper!

Know Why You’re Doing The Task In The First Place

If you need to force yourself to do a task that seems pointless, it can be hard to motivate yourself. If you’re able to remind yourself why you’re doing the task in the first place or what benefits it serves you, it will be much easier to follow through with it!

Work In The Right Atmosphere

Putting yourself in the right atmosphere is a key part of motivation because it can help you stay focused on your end goal. For example, if you’re having trouble motivating yourself to study, try working in an academic atmosphere. The library, a coffee shop, or even an area that is simply distraction-free can help keep you motivated.


Don’t be afraid to take some time to recharge your batteries! Pushing yourself until you’re burned out can take a huge toll on your motivation to work. Take breaks that will help you recharge, not ones that will drain you more. Try spending time with friends or family. You’ll get the recharge you need without falling victim to your couch.

Take Baby Steps

It can be hard to find the motivation to start something that will take a large amount of time and energy. To combat this, take small steps. Taking projects one piece at a time makes them more manageable and easier to tackle. You’ll be finished in no time!

Put Down The Phone

Phones can seriously hinder our productivity. It’s all too easy to get distracted by status updates, tweets, snapchat stories--even emails! Ridding yourself of the distractions will make it easier to stay motivated and will help you stay focused on whatever needs your attention.  

Pretend To Have Motivation

You know the old saying. Fake it ‘till you make it. As cliché as it is, there’s a lot of truth behind it. If you act as though you have plenty of motivation, you’ll start to feel more motivated.

Get Inspired By Other People

Probably the most powerful tool you have to motivate yourself is to look at the people who inspire you. Inspiration leads to motivation, and you’ll be most motivated when you feel inspired to do something. Social media is a hub of inspiration, so when you can’t find the energy to clean up your closet, Pinterest’s beautiful organization pins have got you covered.

Give Yourself A Pep Talk

Don’t be afraid to give yourself a boost when you need it. Giving yourself a pep talk can help you have a more positive mental attitude that will help you take charge and stay motivated. In fact, self-compassionate people are often happier and better able to cope with stressful situations.

Wear Something Fierce

When all else fails, wear something fierce. The term “enclothed cognition” refers to the influence clothes have on the wearer. It’s all about psychology. Studies have shown that what you wear can have an impact on your cognitive abilities, so the next time you don’t feel like working out, put on your Adidas anyway; you could change your mind.