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3 simple techniques to get motivated quickly


In this article you will understand why you lack motivation and how to get motivated thanks to 3 techniques.

The causes of lack of motivation


The first cause of lack of motivation is fatigue and overwork. When you are tired, you have less energy to act and therefore less motivation. 

When you don't sleep well at night, for example, you find it much harder to motivate yourself to do things the next day. This is because when you lack sleep, the amygdala, which is the part of your body that processes emotions, is up to 60% more active. As a result, instead of feeling energized and motivated, you feel lethargic and moody. 

The nature of the task:

Another common cause of lack of motivation is related to the nature of the task you have to perform. If you have to work on something boring, difficult or off-putting, you will have a hard time motivating yourself to do it.

Personally, I hate doing my bookkeeping and administrative tasks. And I admit that I sometimes have a hard time getting started. But I'll tell you in a few moments how I manage to overcome this blockage.

Work overload 

Lack of motivation can also come from work overload. When you are drowning in tasks and you can't see the end of them, you tend to feel unmotivated and powerless. Because you tell yourself that no matter how hard you try, you won't get through it. It's as if an insurmountable mountain is standing in front of you. So you end up losing motivation. 

Lack of challenge 

Finally, the lack of challenge can also lead to a lack of motivation. To be motivated, you need a source of motivation. Something stimulating that you want to strive for. It can be a goal, a vision, a project, a challenge, in short something that gives you a reason to get up in the morning. Without this element in your life, your days will be less exciting and motivating.

Now that you know the main sources of lack of motivation, why is it so difficult to motivate yourself?

Why is it so hard to get motivated?

Have you noticed how hard it is sometimes to get motivated? You know you have to do something, but you just can't get started. It's as if an invisible force is stopping you. 

Imagine a rock standing still on a hill. As long as you don't move it, it will stay still. But if you push it hard enough (an external force), it will start to move and then roll down the hill by itself. All it needs is a little push to start moving.

Motivation is the same thing. When you lack motivation, you are the immobile rock on top of the hill. You don't want to move, work, study or play sports. And as long as you don't do anything, you'll stay unmotivated. 

To get moving and accomplish the tasks you procrastinate on, you need a push to take action. Because once you start moving, it will be much easier to keep going.

In fact, you've probably already noticed that after you've accomplished a task you've been meaning to do for a long time, you feel a surge of motivation that pushes you to do another one, and then another one. When you are in this dynamic, you are the rock that rolls down the hill. 

Now the question is how do you get from a "still state" to a "moving state"? In other words, how do you stop procrastinating and take action?

3 techniques to overcome the lack of motivation

The 3 techniques you will discover here are based on the following counter-intuitive idea: 

To get motivated, you must first take action, because it is by taking action that you will find motivation, not the other way around.

It is generally thought that in order to act, you must first be motivated. But if you wait until you are motivated to act, you will often end up doing nothing. So you must first act and then find the motivation. The 3 techniques below will help you do this.

Make it easy to take action 

The first technique is to make it as easy as possible to take action. That is to say, make your tasks so simple to perform that taking action requires almost no effort.

The 10-minute technique

The 10-minute technique can also help you take action when you lack motivation. It is in line with the idea we have just seen, which is to make it as easy as possible to take action. 

10 minutes is nothing at all. It is not very engaging, it requires little effort and investment. And it is precisely because the barrier to entry is low that you are encouraged to act. 

What you'll notice most of the time is that you'll continue to move forward on your task well after 10 minutes. Since you will already be committed to it, you will want to see it through. So the 10 minutes are for you to build momentum. 

Apply the 5-second rule

In his book, The 5-Second Rule (aff), Mel Robbins, explains that the best way to take action when you don't feel like it is to apply the 5-second rule. It's simple, when you know you have to do something, but you don't, stop and count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and then do it.

For example, if you know you have to work on a task that you don't want to do and you are procrastinating by hanging out on your phone, put your phone down and count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and then do your task. 

So why does this technique work? 

Because it short-circuits your excuses. Your mind is very good at finding reasons not to do things. "I'm too tired", "I don't have time", "It's not the right time". And the longer you wait, the more successful he will be in convincing you not to act. With the 5-second rule, you don't give him time, because you act before he dissuades you from taking action. 

It's just like when you want to go swimming and the water is cold. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to submerge your body. To do this, you must not think. You have to dive in right away before your mind talks you out of it.


It is often thought that in order to take action, one must first be motivated, but it is more often the opposite that is true. It is by taking action that we find motivation. The goal is to succeed in taking action, despite the lack of motivation. 

To achieve this, there are 3 techniques that can help you:

Make it as easy as possible to take action. Make your tasks so simple that you are encouraged to do them

Apply the 10-minute technique. Tell yourself that you are only going to work for 10 minutes and then use that momentum to keep going

Count 5,4,3,2,1 and take action. Don't give your mind time to deter you from taking action

3 simple techniques to get motivated quickly Reviewed by pite on August 30, 2022 Rating: 5

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