How to get up when you’re down

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There are times when you know there's a lot of stuff to do, there are responsibilities all around, you need to get up and do your chores, finish your work, or get on with a pending project, but you just don't feel like doing so, and it's okay. We've all been there, but you just can't' get stuck there. Imagine if people like Elon Musk would just sit down because he doesn't feel like it, and stopped working a whole month. Of course, taking a vacation is ok, but you need to get to work when the time comes, whether you "feel like it" or not, and we are here to talk about those days.

You need to work up a plan to find the self-motivation required to get out of bed on Mondays and tackle your work head on. Here are some tips to boost your motivation levels from the ground and into the sky, so let's get into them!

Sleep!

It may sound impractical to have "sleep" as the first tip for getting up, but it is certainly one of the most important things you can do to get motivated. It is really hard to focus on anything or find the motivation to do something when you're already focusing really hard and investing a lot of your energy simply on staying awake.

We tend to sacrifice sleep so we can get more things done, but actually, most people lose productivity when working through the later hours of the night. It is recommended you better just get more sleep and then be fueled up for the next day. Sleeping can even cheer you up when you're feeling overwhelmed.

Take some time for yourself

Now that you've slept well, take a moment every morning for yourself, decompress all that accumulated stress, collect your thoughts and refocus. Of course, you can also take some "you time" at any point of the day, maybe not necessarily to meditate or rest, but also to practice a hobby, take your mind away from stress and work. All work and no play is not good for your energy levels.

Set achievable goals for the day

Try to put your objectives in a “mission board”. Set goals, tasks or milestones to be completed for a day and try to complete as much as you can. Try to make this plan the night before, that way you can start a plan for the day and follow it as soon as you wake up.

Organization is key, and to do so you need to set realistic goals for a day. You can only focus on the big, final goal if you do so you will not notice the progress you're making and can get demotivated by not realizing how much you've accomplished already.

Get some inspiration

Inspiration can come in many sizes and shapes and can never know when it will strike you. Take some time to read about things that you like, check how other people do it. Maybe read a little about a personal hero of yours, sometimes you can get inspired just by knowing more about the project you're working on. Read a good book, check some interviews of someone you admire, maybe even a walk around town, or city, or wherever you live.

Don't underestimate the time

Time is precious. It's worth more than gold and diamonds, and sometimes we tend to just let it pass. Every minute that passes is a minute you won't get back, you need to get up and do that thing you're postponing. Do not leave for tomorrow what you can accomplish today. Making a task-list about your goals will help you keep a better track of time so you can make sure not a moment goes to waste, and you can still get the much needed "you time". Everything has a moment, and you need to organize those moments and put them to work for you.

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