The public health crisis has created long, uninterrupted days and weeks without much social interaction or any usual cues to keep us moving along on a schedule. Even teleconferencing can’t compete with how getting out of doors or into a bustling setting can get our energies flowing and keep us motivated.

The statistics are troubling about Americans who have had a downturn in mental health during the pandemic, but you don’t need a diagnosis to know you’re not up to par these days.

Now seems like a great time to check out ways to get up and get going. These big blocks of nothing time could be a great opportunity to get things done you normally can’t do. Doing those things, accomplishing small tasks, is a great way to fend off the lack of motivation many people feel.

Today’s a great day to remember how to overcome procrastination.

Feeling distracted? Distraction pulls us off course. But we’re moving through a pandemic, so it makes sense to be distracted, to say the least! It’s natural to feel distracted by global problems. Here’s the good news. Small and familiar chores can offer contrast and comfort. Taking time to organize something, or to study and learn something, can be a great antidote to the feeling the world has shut down. Experts suggest focusing on each task as something small, easy, almost unimportant. It helps reduce anticipating problems by doing the easy stuff first. Remember it’s not only a good idea not to sweat the small stuff. It’s a great idea to focus on the small stuff.

Feeling overwhelmed? There are lots of ways to keep it small. Pick realistic goals. Keep the to do list short. Choose to break bigger tasks down to smaller parts, and schedule small steps each day. Plan ahead to be sure you have what you need to achieve what you choose each day. Make sure to celebrate whatever you accomplish. Don’t minimize what it takes to do any task!

Having a hard time motivating? Focus on why you want to do something. Imagine the benefit as you push yourself up to get started. That’s right: push yourself. Experts say that discipline doesn’t have feelings. While not every time, but often it’s okay to do things even when we don’t feel like it.

Afraid of success? One of the most common reasons some people don’t motivate and do the doable is because they are afraid of success—or feel unworthy of the good which success will bring. It’s not hard for survivors to fall into these traps. Sometimes procrastination is related to doubt about self-worth. At times like those, it’s great to call yourself on the false ideas and forge forward because you believe in your worth even if you don’t feel it all the time.

For more inspiration, here are two other articles that had great ideas for motivating with success.

Tips for Overcoming Procrastinationo, by Kendra Cherry. July 19, 2020. Accessed 9/29/20.

Eleven Ways to Overcome Procrastination, by Elizabeth Lombardo. Psychology Today. March 7, 2017. Accessed 9/30/20.

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