What You Should Do When You’re Demotivated

Why are you in a rut?

Knowing is very important. So perhaps, here are some of the reasons you may be in a rut.

You may be dreading something you know you need to do. Or you may be procrastinating getting things done because you are totally loathing an upcoming task.

Perhaps you’re tired, or you’ve been lacking good nutrition, sleep, exercise, or have been ill and overall don’t feel well.

You’re lacking confidence. You are scared to get out of your comfort zone and do something.

You’re in the middle of a project. You’ve gotten past the excitement at the beginning, and you’re not yet near the end. You’re in the difficult part – the middle.

Make the task you “hate” the most a top priority

For example, if you know you want to workout in the morning, try placing your workout clothes next to your bed so they’re the first thing you see when you wake up.

Also, call a friend and make plans to meet them at the gym in the morning. Having an accountability partner will increase your likelihood of success.

Don’t forget to take care of your body

Some days, you might need rest. Other days, your body might need exercise. Some days, you just may need to get away from your desk and get some fresh air.

Think about how your habits have been recently. Have you been getting adequate rest?

Have you been choosing healthy foods and beverages? Have you had a recent illness that has left you feeling rundown? Think about how you’ve been treating your body. Taking great care of your body may help you get out of your slump.

Why are you doubting your capabilities?

Are you struggling with negative thinking? Has there been a recent negative comment or event in your life that has been bothering you? Are you comparing yourself to other people?

When you’re struggling with negative thinking, give yourself a compliment, or do something fun to rejuvenate your joy.


When you set out to achieve a big goal, it’s usually pretty easy to be very motivated at the beginning. At the beginning, you think about the end result, and you are full of anticipation and enthusiasm.

It’s also pretty easy to be motivated at the end of a long journey.

Once the end is in sight, the excitement of seeing the finish line can propel you forward.

The middle of the journey is usually the hardest. In the middle, the initial excitement has diminished, but you haven’t gotten close to your goal yet.

In the middle, you realize exactly how much time and effort is required to complete your journey. You get frustrated and frequently face the difficulty of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to move forward.

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