Motivation vs Willpower.
Which is better in terms of getting things done? Do you just need one, or the other? Or do you need both?
The answer is, it depends.
When we have high motivation, it almost always means that we require little or no willpower at all to do what we have to do.
On the other hand, if we’re really low on motivation for a particular day, we’re going to need a whole lot more willpower to make up for the loss in motivation.
It’s simple enough for everyone to understand. It’s just that we don’t think about it very much. It really helps to be aware of this so that we can come up with a strategy to get things done even when our motivation levels are low.
It’s easy when our motivation levels are high because we won’t experience much resistance when we have to get things done, but what do you do when your motivation to get things done is really low?
Make the tasks you have to do a lot easier so that you don’t require so much willpower to get things done.
Do 2 pages of your homework instead of 20.
Read 1 page of a book instead of a whole chapter.
Wash 1 dirty dish instead of a whole stack of 10.
Note that the above is for when your motivation is really low and when you feel really lazy. Something is always better than nothing, even if the idea sounds absurd. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done even in a lazy, unmotivated state.
You know that feeling.
One moment you’re fresh and ready to go and the next, you’re struggling to keep yourself awake.
You don’t get it right?
I mean you had enough sleep last night, diet’s pretty okay and you get some exercise every now and then.
So what gives?
You have a lot of stuff you want to do but you can’t because you’re constantly tired all the time and it sucks big time. “What’s wrong with me?!”, you ask.
You’re just dehydrated.
That’s it. Unless you have some underlying medical issue, I’m willing to bet you’re not drinking enough water. That’s why you’re always tired.
Our bodies are made up of 60% water. That’s more than half of whatever else makes up our body. 60% water! It’s no wonder our bodies function so much better when we consume enough water.
You’ll find yourself refreshed, be in a much better mood, and even help prevent annoying headaches when you drink a lot of water daily.
So go ahead and drink that tall glass of water whenever you feel sluggish. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, except maybe a few minutes every now and then to pee. It’s still worth it.
Is to drink more water.
And I don’t just mean more, I mean like drink A LOT more water guys.
We all think that fats is the main culprit for those extra pounds we see on the scale. While that is true to a certain extent, a lot of us are forgetting the other contributor to our unsightly weight.
Some of us retain a lot of water in our bodies and we think that it’s all fat because frankly, it’s hard to tell the difference. I think some of us can agree that we’ve all had moments when we wake up and felt really bloated. It might just be water retention after all.
So how do you get rid of all that water weight?
Drink a lot more water daily. I know it sounds ironic that the solution to get rid of water is to drink more water but it’s true. Our bodies store more water when it realizes that it’s not getting the adequate supply of water it needs. So when we drink enough and a lot, our bodies are going to be like “Phew! So much water coming in we don’t need to hold on to anymore of that!”.
You’ll start seeing a less bloated you in the mirror, you’ll feel better and look so much better too.
So aim to drink those 8 glasses of water (or more) every day, because we might not actually be as fat as we think we are.
Don’t limit yourself.
The human body is capable of doing so much more than we can possibly imagine. The moment we tell ourselves that we can’t do something, is the exact moment we can’t do it.
Henry Ford says,
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
And he’s right.
Albert Einstein couldn’t speak until he was 4 years old and his elementary school teachers thought he was lazy.
Bill Gates’ first business failed.
Oprah Winfrey gave birth when she was 14 years old and then lost her child.
But that didn’t stop these amazing people from doing amazing things.
So whenever you think or say to yourself that you can’t do it, think of these people. It’s hard to imagine that they’ve had rough beginnings because we only see the glamour and success but the truth is, they started out from the bottom just like us too.
Never stop trying and never say you can’t.
Take a deep breath.
When you feel like you can’t make it out of this stress and chaos. When you feel like you have too many things to work on and handle. When you feel overwhelmed with life’s challenges.
Remember that there’s always light at the end of every tunnel.
Everything comes to an end sooner or later. Good and bad times, they all end eventually. All we have to do is take a deep breath and face it with a strong and positive mind.
It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to be worried. And it’s okay to be angry. We’re all human after all.
But let’s not hate life because of what we’re going through. Because there are others who are in a much worse position than we are.
Take a deep breath and keep on fighting.
You know that groggy feeling you get when it’s past noon and you’ve had a great lunch and you just feel like sleeping and you can’t concentrate on anything?
It happens to me all the time. And it’s annoying I won’t lie.
So I figured why not try to hold my breath for as long as I can and see what happens.
So I did that for a few times. Drank some water. Did a few jumping jacks. And apparently all of that worked. I felt just as good as new!
Hold your breath. Drink some water. Jump for a bit.
Breath. Water. Jump.
If that doesn’t work, then I’m willing to bet that you didn’t have enough sleep last night because I’ve tried it out when I had 4 hours of sleep and it didn’t do anything for me.
But it’s interesting. Holding your breath, drinking water and jumping are essentially doing things that we often neglect.
Holding your breath will force our bodies to breathe deeper than we normally do.
Drinking water helps to replenish our often dehydrated bodies.
Jumping helps to get in some exercise that should get more of.
It’s no wonder the body feels good after doing all those.
So the next time you’re working on something in the afternoon and you find yourself constantly nodding off in drowsiness, try some BWJ and see how you feel after that.
Productivity isn’t all about working non-stop for hours on end with no rest. It’s not about being busy all the time either. We can all be busy but still not be productive. I’ve definitely been there and realized I’ve been wasting so much time.
Stop being a busy idiot.
The first thing we all have to do if we want to be more productive is to stop working hard in the wrong places. Our hard work and effort should be put in the right places – the important areas which bring the most results.
Say you have a really huge list of things to do for the day. You’re already feeling overwhelmed because there’s really a lot to do for the day. Where do you start?
Well, all you have to do is prioritize and identify which tasks are the most important ones. Then focus all of your effort and your energy into completing the important ones.
Once you’re done with those, you’ll definitely feel much better about your day and the remaining things you have to do since you’ve already tackled the big stuff.
You can apply this to every other area in your life be it for your business, or work or just about anything which requires doing some form of task.
Focus on finishing the big tasks first, get started and the rest will take care of itself.