How to motivate yourself for work

Motivation. It’s an important factor in any entrepreneurs life. Without it, your dreams are unable to become reality. It’s the driving force that makes us determined to become successful. And, it’s fair to say that it’s not easy to motivate yourself.

But, fear not, we at No1 have compiled a list of ways to motivate yourself; to push that procrastination aside.


Take it step by step.

step by stepDon’t over complicate things. Break your tasks down into small easy steps that are easy to achieve. Setting out one big task for yourself can often become overwhelming and off-putting.

Let’s say you’ve set yourself the task of writing a book. You wouldn’t write the entire book then and there. You’d break it down into bite-sized chunks. Firstly, establishing the concept, then the research and finally the content. Apply this concept to everything that you do.

Don’t overexert yourself.


5,4,3,2,1 GO!

Sometimes all you need are a few seconds to push yourself into doing something. You know the feeling… being sat there on the sofa knowing things have to be done, but you don’t have the energy to move.

Use 5,4,3,2,1 GO! as a way to push yourself into to doing more. It’s especially useful if you’re not ‘feeling it’. And, you’ll be surprised at the results. Occasionally, we need that extra boost to get our work started and this is a sure fire way to do it.


Eliminate distractions.

technologyLife is full of distractions, especially now technology plays a humongous factor in day to day life. Things like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter can distract us from what is most important.

Find your motivation by sitting in a quiet environment, perhaps your home office, turn off all unnecessary electronic devices and get to work. Limit your distractions as much as possible. You’ll thank yourself later.


Simplify tasks.

simplicityThis is similar to our first point ‘Take it step by step’. However, it’s more focused on reducing your daily to-do list to a few things, or maybe even one thing to make your day more manageable and enjoyable.

Often setting out too many tasks to accomplish can be a huge weight on your shoulders; something that seems too tedious to fulfil. Rather than having 10 things to do that day, limit yourself to just 2 things from that list. Especially if they are large tasks to complete.


Clear your workspace.

clear work spaceA clear workspace is a clear mind. Having a minimalistic and decluttered workspace helps you think more clearly. Having a hectic workspace can be distracting and it will mean your motivation will diminish very easily.

A clear desk helps you start the day fresh. It also encourages a good practice for staying motivated. If you retain a clear desk space, you will be able to align your thoughts with your surroundings.


Take a breather.

clear mindTaking time away from your workflow will do you the world of good. Even if it’s 10 minutes away from your desk. Eat a snack, check the internet or take a walk. Don’t force yourself to do continual work, you’ll run yourself down otherwise.

Take a breather and afterwards, you’ll feel refreshed. By removing yourself from your desk and doing something proactive, you will help yourself with the motivational process.


Motivating yourself can be difficult. Especially if you’re your own Boss and everything relies on your ability to get things done. But, the most important thing to take away from this is that you need to simplify things and take your time. Whether it be breaking up daily tasks, cutting down your to-do list or taking short breaks to help yourself get back on track.

Always remember, success doesn’t happen overnight.

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