10 Science-Backed Ways To Motivate Yourself When You Feel Tired | Inc.com
Michael Simmons stashed this in Productivity
Just wrote a new article for Inc. It features quick wins from successful entrepreneurs and CEOs who have built multi-million and multi-billion dollar companies.
Haha, I almost didn't click because of the picture. Spiderwebs are a dangerous click! :)
My favorite is #6: Walking.
6. Take a Daily 15 Minute Walk To Eliminate Brain Fog
I take a daily 15 walk through the neighborhood where my business is located in order to clear my head. The extra space helps me creatively:
• Reflect on my 'why'.
• Think about 'big picture' goals.
• Focus on critical, non-urgent needs.
Counterintuitively, mental fatigue isn't caused by the exhaustion of the part of our brain that focuses. It is actually caused by the exhaustion of the part that blocks distractions. Studies show that taking a walk (especially in natural settings) helps restore our brain's ability to block distractions because it allows our mind to wander.
Physical activity definitely helps.
7. Work out Before Making Hard Decisions
When I have a tough choice to make and execute, I go to the gym for 30 minutes in order to get my heart-rate up and feel more energized. This helps me when it is something I've got to get myself up to do.
A 2006 study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that a consistent exercise regimen has a significant positive impact on willpower.
I like the BJ Fogg observation that every action builds your identity.
8. Make Following Through A Core Value
I believe that the most important productivity hack is making follow through a core value by developing an image of yourself as someone who follows through.
Once something is part of your identity and you share that with other people, research shows that you will become very motivated to make sure your actions are consistent with your identity.
To solidify your self-identity as someone who follows through, I suggest:
Promoting your core value of follow through to others. By letting all of your stakeholders know how important follow through is, it becomes much harder to not follow through
Practicing following through on all of your small commitments. Stanford researcher on habits, BJ Fogg, has found that every action you take builds of your identity. He's found that even very small actions have a surprisingly big impact.
Success largely comes down to execution. And execution cannot happen without following through on commitments to yourself and others.