How to have more self-motivation.

Many people have this problem; they find it hard to find self-motivation. Without this “skill” they just don’t get every things done that they want to do in a day. But luckily Internal motivation can be created.

Self-motivation is elusive. Nobody knows exactly how it works. There are loads of books, studies and more that try to answere questions on how to harness it. But there isn’t one clear answere. Here are some things that have worked for me over the past years.

How can you motivate yourself and get more done?


Self-motivation & Productivity 

Self-motivation is a super important part of being productive. At least it makes is much easier to be productive. And being productive is super important for many of us for multiple reasons. Productivity is something many struggle with. Higher productivity is definitly something many of us want. 

Self-motivation skills are considered part of peoples EQ. (Emotional intelligents).  But these skills can defenitly still be learned and improved on.

Build habits

If you are reading this and you have never heard this one before I don’t know where you have been;

Habits work when motivation doesn’t

We are never motivated for days on end. Motivation is something that is only sometimes there and you can lose it easily.

Habits build over time, however, help you keep going when motivation runs out. If you start a habit for yourself that you need to sit down at your desk at 9 am and start writing, it will be much easier to be there every morning. Even if you are not feeling motivated.

A great way to build habits is using habit trackers either as an app or you can add them to your favourite planner.

In this post, I tell you all about my favourite habit tracker app; habitica.

And often by having habits, you don’t need to get over that initial bump. The motivation often follows after I have already started due to habit.

Of course, everything would be a lot more enjoyable if you were feeling motivated though.

Instant reward

We all know that if we do the things we are supposed to do, you will have big benefits in the future. Like; If you do your assignments now, you don’t have to stress in a month and you will not have to learn as much about your exam. In the distant future, this will help you get a diploma and a job.

If you remember anything from school it is probably, however, how much you didn’t like homework. Long day’s procrastinating and even longer evenings doing assignments you should have done weeks ago.

In business, it works the same;
You need to motivate yourself to put in the work every day for that distant reward.

So to start motivating yourself start with having a more instant reward. Finished writing a blog post? Watch something on youtube or Netflix.  Finished a big project? Reward yourself with your favourite beverage. Most people find it much easier to work towards instant rewards instead of very distant rewards.

Read more great ways to work on your self-motivation backed by science here – Time.

the 5 Second Rule

This is one of my favourites. I often fall prey to procrastination. But when I finally do get up to do something I often find it super easy to keep going and to get loads of work done.

So obviously the problem for me is starting.

The five-second rule is simple. If you think something like “I really should go write that blog post” you already know that you are not doing what you are supposed to do.

Simply count to 5 and within that time you need to get up to do the thing.

If you start doing this more often it also gets easier over time.

You can find a more detailed explanation of a very similar concept in this great video by the Modernhealthmonk.

Thought exercises

We already talked about the fact that many people are not that good at motivating themselves for distant rewards. Another way however to bring your rewards closer is to do a thought experiment.

  • How would you feel if you had finished the task before you?
  • How would you feel if you had accomplished your goal?

Just imagine you being in that position. If you can imagine how good that would feel it gets much easier to start.

More about positive thinking experiments and self-motivation in this article by psychology today.

Have clear goals

Another way we lose motivation is when we are not sure what we are working for. Having a clear goal is a great way to focus your mind.

If you are just working or doing tasks without any goals soon you will find yourself at a loss.

Imagine a regular job. What is your goal for being there? Is it paying for this year’s vacation? Do you want to get a promotion? Do you want a positive reference to your CV so you can get a job you enjoy more?

Just like for a regular job, you can set goals like that easily for your blog or your art.

Know why you are working and self-motivation will get easier.

Want to know how to set achievable goals? This post tells you everything about that!

Other ways to bring your goals closer in your mind are to write down your goals every morning or to create a vision board. This way it is much easier to have a clear vision on what you are working for.


There are any more ways to build good self-motivation skills. But sometimes even the master have a hard time. Your lack of motivation can sometimes just be from overworking in which case a good break is probably your only option.

Read more on taking breaks from blogging here!

A good note to end it on is that self-motivation is but one of the many skills that help people be more productive. And there is not one solution that works for everyone.

Some respond better to instant rewards while others prefer a tough-love approach.

The above is just a guide to getting started honing your self-motivation.

Share your best self motivation tips with us in the comments! & Share this blog posts to help others find their self motivation!

How to have more self-motivation.


2 Responses to “How to have more self-motivation.

  • I find that having a goal really motivates me to keep going. Just like you wrote in this blog post.
    Another thing that helps me a lot is defining smaller concrete tasks that will bring you closer to your goal each time (when accomplished). Marking a task as ‘done’ is really satisfying and helps you feel more productive.

    Keep up the good work, cheers!

    • artsbysofie
      4 years ago

      Having smaller tasks is such a good idea too! Great motivation indeed. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

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