How to Get Motivated When You’re Stuck in a Slump

How to Get Motivated When You’re Stuck in a Slump

How to Get Motivated


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We’ve all been there. The to-do list runs long, the dishes are piling up, there’s things to be done and yet – you are stuck in a slump. I’m going to share with you my top ways to get motivated and start being productive. *insert clap emojis here*

I have lived by these methods the past week… I just returned from a two week trip a week ago. When I came back I was unmotivated, tired, and feeling just plain lazy. Now, at the end of the week, I’ve got the dishes done, productivity pumping, and ideas flowing. This is how I got motivated >>

Steps on How to Get Motivated:

1. Visualize your goals. 

I guess if you have no goals, then the actual first step would be to set goals. They could be really simple goals; such as, having a stocked kitchen, getting appointments out of the way, or finishing laundry. 

Once you have those goals visualize yourself meeting them and the relief you’d get from checking that off the to-do list. 

In order to meet these goals, you’re going to need steps. For example, if your goal is to have a stocked kitchen, your steps would include making a grocery list, heading to the store to purchase those items, and putting them away when you return. Once you map out your plan of action, achieving the goals will seem much easier. 

2. Listen to podcasts, Ted Talks, or other motivational speeches.

Here’s the thing about people who do podcasts or Ted Talks – THEY ARE MOTIVATED! Like, super motivated. And motivation is infectious.

Find your niche and start consuming content to get your day going. Play it in the car, while you do chores, in the shower. You get the point, you don’t have to cut out a portion of your day for this. Multitasking is alive and well.

Podcasts for Business and Motivation:

  • By the Book with Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer
    This is my favorite! These two women read self help books, then live them out for two weeks. They tell you how they feel at the end of those two weeks, and whether or not the book is worth the read. They’ll have you rolling your eyes, laughing, and even crying.
  • GRIT with Jessica Stansberry
    The opening says it all, “I’m Jessica Stansberry and I believe inside every successful woman is a little spunk, a lot of hustle, and a MASSIVE amount of grit.”
  • Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher
    This podcast helps you define success and chase bolder goals. Her attitude is contagious and her content is incredible. 10/10 would recommend. 

Ted Talk for How to Get Motivated

The Psychology of Self-Motivation

3. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is essential to productivity. When I’m in my most productive season, I plan ahead for everything: meals, gifts, errands, social media posts, and more. 

If you want to start planning ahead for your business, check this out >>Click Here

Everyone is different, so you can plan ahead a week, a month, or even quarterly. 

Check out these planners on Amazon!


This is a great blog post for planning ahead >> Click Here

4. Get moving

Get the blood flowing and wake up your body. This will in turn make it so much easier to think clearly, get things done, and be happy. You’ll be more motivated and productivity will follow. 

Motivation to get moving

5. Reward Yourself

This may be the teacher in me, but rewarding yourself for a job well done is a HUGE motivator. Tell yourself, “if I accomplish this goal, I will have 30 min. of downtime or a scoop of ice cream”. 

Now that I’m re-reading, this is DEFINITELY the teacher in me coming out. 

Oh well, it works!

6. Last, but not least, take care of yourself.


If you’re tired and your body is telling you to slow down, listen to it. Now, this is only if you’re really tired. If you’re just being lazy, recognize that and take action with the previous steps. 

Eat Healthy

Get on pinterest and find you some healthy, nutritional meals and snacks. ( head to my health and wellness board for ideas >> Click Here )


If you’re lacking energy, feeling lazy, and weak… your body is speaking to you. Get out and exercise! Find ideas and inspiration here.

Motivation to take care of yourself

These were all the ways I taught myself how to get motivated this past week. 

I hope this has been helpful! Get productive and start taking control of your motivation. Only YOU can make the change. 

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  1. If you love #girlboss podcasts check out the Becoming Fearless podcast! It is by Annie Spano!! Great tips girl!

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