We all have those days when we feel so unmotivated when even getting out of the bed is a challenge. This is completely normal especially when we feel overwhelmed by a task that we didn’t complete or have been procrastinating for so long. Coming back to being productive after a break can also cause lack of motivation.
No matter what the reason is why you suddenly feel blue, you can still save the day by having a planned morning routine.
One thing that I learned is that when such a day arrives is that you need to keep moving and avoid returning to bed at any cost. Creating a „first-aid routine“ can help you get active and you can always return to it when you see the first sign of a moody day.
You can also see it as a warm-up for your body and mind. Start small and create a few tasks that you can do as soon as you get out of bed. Here are some activities which I find helpful. Try to do them as close together as possible for best results.
#1 Make the bed as soon as you get up
A mentioned before: do not return to bed. You might say that you will stay just for another 5 minutes but do your best to avoid it. Making your bed the first thing after you get up can have a positive impact on your motivation. It is a task completed and as small as it sounds, you productivity level will raise. It is also a signal to your brain that the day has officially started, and you will be less likely to return sleeping.
Since you haven’t been drinking water while you were sleeping, your body will be dehydrated in the morning. This can cause fatigue and tiredness and it is understandable if you lack motivation. So make sure to drink a glass of water as soon as you get up to increase your energy. You can also leave a glass of water on your nightstand or somewhere near your bed so you have it ready and don’t forget about it.
#3 Brush your teeth
Taking a shower can be challenging at this point so make sure to simply brush your teeth and wash your face instead. A little self care won’t hurt and it will make you feel better. But the important thing is that you keep moving. If you find this easy then do take a shower.
#4 Write a to-do list and don’t push yourself to complete it
Some people hate to-do lists and some swear by it. I wasn’t a huge fan and have rarely completed all tasks in the given time-frame. I always thought that it was something for the disciplined people. But what I found out is that a to-do list can help form future routines and habits. I may not have completed all of the tasks the same day but the next day these unfinished tasks are already on my mind so I start working on them almost intuitively.
So, write on a piece of paper all the activities you want to do that day. It doesn’t have to be just the big project you have to complete. Put also some smaller tasks that are easier to finish and don’t stress about completing them all the same day.
#5 Listen to energetic music as a part of your morning routine
Music is a beautiful thing that has many healing properties and the best thing is that it is within reach. Listen to some fast and energetic music to energize your body and mind. Put your headphones on and who knows, you might even start dancing.
#6 Write down how you feel when you accomplish something
If you lack motivation, you probably feel hopeless and everything you do seems like it doesn’t make any sense or doesn’t matter. Think about the one completed task that you are most proud of and try to describe how you felt at that moment as detailed as possible. This way you will prove to yourself that you are capable of doing something right and that completed tasks bring a lot of joy.
These steps may seem small and insignificant but think about it in a long term. You are not just saving one day but also the day after. If you’re in a bad mood and sleep the whole day, chances are that the same will happen the following day. The key is to do activities that won’t overwhelm you and will be easy to do.
You will see that the next morning some of these steps will feel so simple that you will do even more. Instead of just brushing your teeth, you might take a shower or instead of completing one task from your list, you will complete two.
You can also create your own first-aid morning routine. Just choose a few activities, preferably 4-6, which you can do close together when you get out of bed. Always remember not to be hard on yourself when you have a bad day.
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— Solo Friendly Blog (@solo_friendly) July 14, 2020