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7 Tips to help you start working when you don't feel like it

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In this article we explore different tactics to help you kick-start your day and make you get into your productivity flow so you can make the most of each day even when you feel unmotivated.

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Somedays you wake up full of ambitions, with enough strength to make the most of the day, to work on your habits and towards your goals. However, some days you struggle to get out of bed and waste your time scrolling on your phone. No matter how hard you try, those lazy days are inevitable so we've prepared a list of tips to help on those unmotivating (unmotivated?) days and put you back on track!

1. Prevent lazy days by planning your day the night before

Planning your next day will help you have a clear path of tasks to follow even if you turn on the automatic pilot. This means that if you wake up with zero motivation, you'd already have a plan and a starting point. This will prevent you from moaning around purposeless and will be helpful to bring your productivity mood back.

2. Use Social Media to your advantage

The type of people that you follow on social media has a big impact on your life. If you follow people with similar goals or people who have already achieved those goals, reading what they share or watching them can give you the motivation boost you need to start your day. So make sure you surround yourself online with people that contribute to your digital wellbeing.

3. The power of music

Several studies pointed that physical activity sparks mental activity; therefore, music fuels productivity and motivation. Create a playlist with the most uplifting songs for you. Turn up the volume up in the morning and feel free to show off some movements 🕺

4. Set a plan

If you didn't do it the night before as mentioned in the first tip, this will be the first thing to do in the morning. In order to start working on something, you need to know what you want to accomplish. Don't start working on whatever comes to your mind, work smart!. Define a small goal for the day and split it into even smaller tasks. Those will be easier to tackle and will make you feel more confident.

Get your to-do list and a piece of paper. Split it into four sections, urgent, no urgent, important, and not important, and put your tasks in each category. This is simple, once you are done writing, start with the urgent section followed by the important, everything else is a plus!

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5. Define rewards

Nothing gives people more motivation than knowing that a reward is waiting. So the days you're less motivated set some rewards! Eat some ice cream or watch an episode of your favorite TV show after you complete a task. Find out what motivates you and use it to your advantage.

6. Start small, very small

Once you've gained enough motivation and have a plan for the day, start small! What is the smallest task you can work on? This can be as simple as "open my documents", "write a phrase", or "send an email". You just need to complete a few small steps to kick-start your day. So break down your first task of the day into the simplest steps and you'll be good to go.

7. A welcoming workplace

One of the things that can put you away from motivation is a not-welcoming workplace. A messy desk, a lot of distractions, or background noise can make you lose your attention and concentration so before you start working (or trying to...) make your workplace as welcoming and distraction-free as possible. Put your phone in do-not-disturb mode, close the door or even use a browser extension like StayFocusd that blocks you from visiting sites like Reddit, Youtube, or Facebook.


There are a lot of different tactics that can help you make the most out each day even when you don't feel like it and we think these are the ones that can help you the most. Do you use other tactics? Send them to us and we'll include them in the article!

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