Are you struggling to get things done? Is it hard to even get off the sofa much less do anything productive? Are you having trouble with how to get moving when you have no energy?
I was reminded of this concept when I saw my son studying the laws of motion in school. One of the basic laws is that an object stays at rest unless a force comes along to give it a little push to get going. Getting an object to move initially takes more force than getting it to continue on its way.
The law of motion in physics can apply to people too! An object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest. A person needs a bit of help to get going, just like a rock needs a push to roll down a mountain.
If you can just give yourself that initial push to get going you will be well on your way.
Below are some simple tricks that can help you to get moving when all you want to do is nothing.
Tips To Get Moving When You Have Zero Energy:
Count and Stretch
Count to five, get up, and stretch for five minutes. Once you are up, continue on to something else to keep your momentum going. While you are stretching your mind will start to think about what to do next on its own. You don’t need to rush or do a lot, just do something! One thing at a time.
Set a Timer
Set a timer and get to work alternating between “have to” and “want to” activities. You can decide how long to set the timer for, but anything from 10 minutes to an hour works well depending on the type of task you want to get done.
Another reason this method really works is that you can tell yourself that after a short time of doing something you really didn’t want to do, you can then reward yourself with a fun activity! In this way, you have tricked yourself into doing something productive. As a bonus, you don’t feel guilty for relaxing because you have done something productive.
Make Work a Game
There is no rule that work can’t be fun. If you can make the task you want to do into a game it can motivate you to keep going. For example, you can see how much you can get done in a certain amount of time and see if you can beat your own record. To take this even further, you can play one level of a simple phone game or hand of solitaire and then set a certain amount of work every time you beat a level. You will be surprised how much you can get done if you slowly move forward with small bursts of activity.
Just do one thing
Just do one thing. Sometimes, you have so much to do you have no idea where to start. If you have too much to do, deciding what to do can be debilitating. You may just sit there freaking out because you have so much to do. When this happens just pick one thing and tell yourself “I’ll just do one thing” and get to it. When that one thing is finished you may be surprised that you have the energy to do one more thing, and then one more. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something!
Get a buddy
Sometimes the key to getting moving is to get someone to help or work with you. Having someone working alongside you, even if they aren’t necessarily working on the same project, can help inspire you to keep moving.
Plan a reward for when you have finished the task! It doesn’t need to be anything expensive. A few hours of gaming time or watching T.V. without guilt can be a great reward. What makes a good reward is very personal. I like to reward myself with a new book, art supplies, or stationary when I complete a goal that is difficult for me. Something small to look forward to can be a wonderful motivator!
Lean into your Rest
Being productive is great, but sometimes you are feeling low energy for a reason. It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is good to lean into feeling tired and take a break. Maybe you have been working too hard, trying to do too much or your body is telling you to take it easy. After you truly rest you can feel recharged and motivated to get going again, but if you keep trying to force productivity it will take longer to recover.
These little tricks to get moving when you have no energy may seem simple, but some days you may have low to no energy and these tricks can really work! I even used these today and the result was this article! Please let me know if you have any other tips like these. I enjoy trying them out and incorporating them into my workflow.