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How to Get Things Done even if "You Don't Feel Like It?

Every single day, we make a decision: to get up or lay down a little longer. Yes. Every day is a battle. It is You vs You. At the same time, everybody aspires to be successful.

But how could anyone keep pushing onward when you don’t feel like doing anything towards it? 

“I don’t feel like it” is not new to anyone. It is human nature. In psychology, they refer to it as loss of flow. Sometimes you are just not into it. You suddenly become less energetic than usual, and things take more effort. There are days when you feel like you are dragging yourself out of bed. You are slower and less motivated to do anything.

Several factors are at play whenever you catch yourself in a situation where you ‘don’t feel like it; it could be procrastination or lack of self-commitment.

Even the highest paying athlete, most influential businessman, or wealthiest man in the world has one of those days dealing with this frame of mind. What separates winners from underachievers is how they persist and thrive despite lacking motivation. 


To keep yourself motivated is personal. What works for others might not work for you. Motivating yourself is one of the fundamental things that sets high achievers apart, and this is tricky and utterly challenging. 

Each day anything could happen that might prevent you from putting work onto tasks needed to achieve your goals. There will be days that you feel the need to take a day off – and that is completely fine. Take a rest but do not always take this as a resort each time you don’t feel like doing it. It would be best to practice motivating yourself to get up and get work done.  

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation 

Motivation is categorized into two basic types: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. The difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is that a) Intrinsic motivation comes from within while b) extrinsic motivation comes from outside. Whereas a) involves performing tasks that are personally rewarding to you and b) it involves completing duties and expressing efforts because of external causes, such as to receive a reward or avoid punishment., Both types of motivation are essential, and it brings different effects on how you work.

How to Keep Motivated even if “You Don’t Feel Like It.”

Research suggests some simple strategies to keep you going even though you are so out in the flow: To set intrinsically rewarding goals and make them very specific. Practice these five ways to give you an extra kick whenever you say, “I don’t feel like it”:

  1. Design intentional goals
  2. Set Effective Rewards
  3. Sustain Progress
  4. Harness Positive Social Influence
  5. Just do it

On the days a task appears to be less inspiring – whether going to the gym, finishing client presentations, completing training modules – stop justifying your excuses. Focus on satisfying aspects of it or combine it with fun activities. Get yourself proper rewards for getting things done.

To avoid burnout, break objectives into subgoals; check how much you’ve accomplished until you’re halfway there; and then count down what’s left. Empower social influence: Let your mentors, coaches, and those who have succeeded in their fields inspire you. Starting is the hardest part, but it gets easier as you go along. You get moving, and you just got to do it. 


It always seems impossible until it is done. Every day is a battle. It is You vs You. Your entire being as a goal-getter will always be working towards your usual balance. The sooner you start putting your body into motion, the easier it will be to keep the momentum of accomplishing things. Motivating oneself is one of the most intricate skills to master, but it is critical to success.

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