As someone who suffers from clinical depression, it can be extremely hard to stay motivated in anything I do for a long period of time. The thoughts and emotions running through my mind can be debilitating, chaining me down to my bed, and keeping me shut out from the world. When a full time graduate class schedule and a job is added to the load, it can be near impossible to feel motivated. Some people have that and more. Whether you're a student, a parent, a business owner, suffer from depression, or don't know what you're doing with your life, I've compiled a few tips that can help you stay motivated through it all.
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ask yourself, "what am i passionate about?"
make an action plan.
surround yourself with people that motivate you.
cut out negative influences.
Avoid people and environments that facilitate negative thoughts and habits. If you're in an environment filled with distractions, find somewhere you can be productive. If you procrastinate when you're in your bedroom, move to the library or designated study room.
It's easy to internalize negative feedback. When people tell you you can't fulfill your passions or tell you that you'll never be anything, you can start to believe it. It's a sure way of killing motivation. Don't be afraid to cut off those people when you need to. Prove them wrong.
create healthy habits.
Create healthy daily habits that motivate you. Those habits can include waking up and going to bed at the same time every day, making your bed in the morning, drinking a certain amount of water, or organizing your space. Do whatever makes you feel productive and ready to take on the day.