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December 1, 2019

How To Keep Productivity High When Motivation Is Low

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I read a great article called “How to keep productivity high when motivation is low”, by Haley Hoffman Smith and I wanted to share the highlights. Whether we’re not making as much progress on something as we expected, or we don’t feel creative and we’re running short on ideas, motivation escapes us all but it’s important to still be able to get the work done in those moments. 

Haley suggested a 4 step program to stay productive when low on motivation

1. Create a to-do lists when energized. Use the focus and energy you have to create accountability for when you don’t have the energy. She even shares a tactic about writing a note to yourself on that list, so when you look at it in a low motivation state, you are reminded of your intentions and reasons for doing it.

2. Work with a coach or accountability partner. Accountability is a big word for me. I have the self-awareness to know that I am at my best when I need to answer to other people. I imagine you might be the same.

3. Eliminate Distractions. Nir Eyal, author of the book we’ve talked at length about, Indistractable. A reminder about the tactic we can all use to eliminate distraction, time-boxing. Schedule what you want to do in your day so that you know when you’re off task and distracted.

4. Switch up the workspace. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery to jump-start your work flow. Or, visit places you know are designated for work. For me, that’s the desk in my room, I only go there when it’s time to get after it.

In sum, Haley Hoffman Smith stated, “Motivation is often hard to pin down, ever-changing and available at some periods of our lives more than others. Each season of our life serves a purpose. If you need rest and reflection more than you need to be productive, honor yourself. You may return to your work more productive than ever”.

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