Can you imagine how much less guilt and frustration you would feel if you could somehow make yourself do the things you don’t want to do? Put simply, sometimes it’s just really hard to motivate yourself and you just want to slack off. If only there were some fail-proof techniques to make yourself get up and get going! While this doesn’t exist (*tear*), there are still some things you can do to increase your chances at being productive!

SMILE more

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Smiling everyday does wonders for the body, reversing the cause-effect sequences that these elements usually share. Smiling can help reduce anxiety levels and by feeling more relaxed, you’ll find it much easier to get task focused.



Body language techniques

Likewise, a more expansive use of your body language can change the way you feel. If smiling alone isn’t helping, then check your posture: sitting up straight with your shoulders confidently pulled back can increase testosterone and decrease stress hormone levels.

If you’re on your own, you can even stand up and imitate Superman by putting your hands on your hips and thrusting your chest out. Being a (wo)man of steel certainly helps if your motivation to work is running low.

Manage your workload

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Before you start working, take a few minutes to break down your schedule into small bites. Once you do, it’s much easier to find your flow – so find the easiest task to start with, and you should soon find your rhythm. Also, remember why you are working in the first place.

If you put aside some time to note down why your work is important, and people that it will affect, you can refer to it every time you hit a lull.

Reward yourself

Remember you’re allowed to take time to relax, especially if you have a lot on your plate. Give yourself treats as incentives to complete your work, and the dopamine levels you evoke will feel fantastic. The sooner you get started, the quicker you can hit the couch and zone out!

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This article has been inspired by Undercover Recruiter