How To Be Productive When You Have No Motivation


We’ve all been there. That lousy place where the thought of a glaring task is killing any motivation you have to complete it. To top it off, procrastination, pretending to be your friend has led you nowhere. So what’s a girl to do? Here are four steps to help you get back to work.

#1 Change your environment
Get up and go somewhere different. Even if you are crunched for time, take an elevator ride down to the lobby and back up again. A change of scenery can change your state of mind.

#2 Get some exercise
If you aren’t working on a tight deadline, get your head back in the game. Even a brisk walk around your building can help you reset your perspective. We always seem to be saying this, because for us here at CGD HQ doing exercise actually makes us more productive and able to take on more tasks! It really works.

#3 Break larger or more difficult tasks into bite size pieces
You have so much to do and you haven’t even started. That can be so overwhelming! Start small. Celebrate little milestones and keep at it, one little step at a time.

 #4 Give yourself a time limit
Set a timer and see what you can accomplish in 30 minutes. Put your phone away and keep only the tabs you need open on your computer. Keep your head down and work without allowing yourself to get distracted. It’s just 30 minutes. When the timer beeps, see how far you’ve come and feel good about the progress you are making. Take a quick break and do it again.




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By Rachel Curran



  • Tatyana K Afeli

    God bless you girl for posting writing this post! I can’t find my motivation ever since I started 6th form but I’m trying to build it again bit by bit and I’ll use the tips you’ve given as a foundation. I’m starting to use the pomodoro techique which is similar to your time limit advice!
    Thank you Merci Dank u xx
    Tee x

  • Olivia Romero

    Thanks for reminder/tip #4. I used to be a dedicated user of the Pomodoro method. It really is effective for getting things done by using manageable time segments. Also, for whatever reason, I found that using an actual kitchen timer produced better results than using the timer on my phone or laptop. Go figure.

  • Erin

    Such great advice- I especially love exercise! Another one that really helps me is breaking a big task into smaller tasks- something about being able to cross something off the list is super motivating!

  • Lucy Hill

    Can’t tell you how much I agree with changing your environment. I have this when it comes to blogging a lot. I take my laptop down to my local coffee shop and write up a few articles while I’m there. I get all of this inspiration from just being around people!

  • Ariane Kuijt

    Good advice! The change of environment is often underestimated, but it can clearly change your view on some things! On the days I exercise, I am more capable of thinking out of the box and being creative. Can’t believe this actually works on me.

  • Samantha @ Pursuit of Balance

    Love these ideas! The lack of motivation has definitely plagued us all and procrastination has become a close friend. Definitely going to implement some of these next time I need to get something done!

  • AmyLauren

    This post is exactly what I needed!

  • dreamofadventures

    great advice! i recently started doing #4, it’s amazing when i make myself sit for an hour working, the time flies and i get so much done! sometimes i am so into my work i just continue working =o)

  • Grace

    Great timing – I’m just about to jump into my next semester at university and really needed an initial push!! Great tips

    That Twenty Something

  • Adele

    This is just what I needed! I’ve just list 2 days to procrastination, thanks to this it won’t turn into 3! X

  • Tasnim I

    These are some things I do when I’m feeling no motivation to do anything :) always works!

  • Melanie

    This is definitely something I have been needing to hear.. I have been plagued by lack of motivation and no matter how much I tell myself to get up and go to the gym or get outside, I feel like I just can’t. It’s almost to the point where it’s depressing. Any ladies have any uplifting ideas to help? =(

  • Katheryn

    Tough but true..great advice

  • maja majic

    I miss the information – like before – who is the author of the post.

  • fmenthusiast

    I couldn’t agree more with this post especially #2 getting some exercise. I’ll push myself but I also believe in a balance. In order for me to get refreshed I move around, do something different and usually that will spark motivation or even inspire me. Because in all honesty, you aren’t going to be so inspired if your head is only in the direction of your computer screen.


  • LisaG

    Loved reading this, such great advice. I always struggle with motivation but I am a lot better than I was. Brilliant Blog.
    LisaG XoX

  • Fredaaa. `

    Love this post, especially point number 2. Getting fresh air will definitely help your productivity, especially if you’re constantly indoors. I wrote a post similar to this from my own perspective, have read –

    freda lee x

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