How to break out of an unmotivated slump

Even the most motivated of people can sometimes feel a lack of drive to keep them going. 

The first thing to do is recognise when you’ve fallen into this slump, acknowledge it and then work on some ways to get yourself out of it. Here are 7 things you can start doing today to begin finding that enthusiasm again.

1. Decide on one goal

For some, the reason for feeling unmotivated is because they are overwhelmed. It could be because of a long to-do list or maybe large goals that seem too hard to accomplish. The best way to handle this situation is to break down your goals into bit-sized pieces. Decide on one goal- something you know you can conquer- and work towards that. The achievement you will feel once you accomplish that goal will help build the momentum needed to continue reaching those milestones.

2. Find something to get excited about

If your lack of drive is because you feel you’re in a rut then try and find something new to be excited about. It could be something as big as a holiday or small like dinner with close friends.

3. Surround yourself with support

Make sure the people that you have in your life are supportive of you and your goals. The last thing you want when you are feeling low are people who will only push you further down.

4. Be kind to yourself

Realise that everyone goes through unmotivated patches. Even the people working in dream jobs sometimes don’t want to get out of bed in the morning to go to work. Be kind to yourself- everyone goes through moments like these.

5. Change up your routine

If you feel like your current routine is lending to the rut you’re in then it is time to shake things up. Make the change simple so that you are not causing yourself unnecessary stress. Focus on changing up your workout or try out some new recipes.

6. Fake it till you make it

The idea behind this mentality is that while you’re waiting to reach your goal you act like your already there. If it’s confidence you want to build, start faking it now and in a short while you’ll realise there is no need to fake because you will already be there.

7. Recognise if you need professional help

If you have tried all these strategies and still feel down then it might be time to seek professional help. Know that there is no shame in talking to someone.

Start utilising these tips and you’ll be back to feeling motivated and productive in no time.


Jade  Byers Pointer

Jade Byers-Pointer is studying a Media and Communications degree at QUT. When she's not writing you can find her either chasing the sun somewhere at a beach or researching her next adventure. Proudly admitting to her out of control lipstick collection, she also loves travel, dogs, and the ocean. Passionate about all things football and shopping, if you get her talking about either you better be prepared for a long one.