How often do you go to bed with massive plans for tomorrow, only to wake up the next day feeling unmotivated? By the end of the day, you’re feeling rubbish because you haven’t done any of the stuff that you planned to do. I do it all the time, it’s hard to stay inspired when you’re leading a busy stressful life, but it might be something more than that. There are so many outside factors that can easily kill your motivation and the good news is, if you get rid of them, you’ll see a massive boost to your energy levels and you’ll start getting things done. Here are some of the biggest motivation killers and how to get around them.


Bad News

Bad news that is personal to you is obviously going to knock you back a bit and that’s fine, but you probably didn’t realize how much of an effect all of the general negativity around the world has. Every time you switch on the news or pick up a paper, you’re constantly bombarded with news about wars, famine, and loads of other horrible stuff. It’s no wonder that you aren’t feeling positive about things. This is made so much worse when you’ve got notifications popping up on your phone to remind you how terrible the world is, just in case you were starting to feel good for a second.

If you really want to get up and do something productive for the day, shut all of that out. Cancel and notifications on your phone and don’t look at the news on the TV or in the paper. People might worry that they’ll miss something important but if it’s that vital, somebody else will tell you, but most of the time it’s the same old stuff.

Negative People

As well as news putting a downer on your day, people can do it too. If you go out for lunch with a friend and they spend the whole time complaining about how terrible everything is, you’re going to leave feeling pretty deflated. Their bad attitude is going to rub off on you and sap all of your motivation. What you’ve got to ask yourself is, do I enjoy spending time with this person? It can be difficult to cut people out but if somebody doesn’t do anything but complain and make you feel bad, what reason do you have to keep them in your life? Cut them out and surround yourself with positive people instead, you’ll feel much better for it.

Bad Sleep

Not sleeping properly has all sorts of negative effects on your body and your health, but the most obvious is a lack of motivation. If you’re waking up in the morning and you still feel knackered, you aren’t getting enough sleep. Trying to get stuff done when you’re half asleep is going to be a struggle. The main reason that people have trouble with their sleep is that they’ve got bad mattresses You might not realize how bad your mattress is but if it’s old, you won’t get good quality sleep and you’ll be tired all the time.

Using your phone or laptop late at night also makes it a lot harder to drift off properly so it’s a good idea to take at least an hour screen free before you try to go to sleep.

Eating Junk


A huge mistake people make when they’re trying to be proactive and get things done is trying to save time by grabbing a quick snack instead of cooking some proper food. They think they’re saving time but in the long run, it’s going to kill your motivation. If you’re getting by on snacks that are all carbs and no vitamins or nutrients, it’s like trying to run a car on the wrong fuel. The tank might be full up but nothing in there is going to get you moving. Without any of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs you’ll just feel constantly run down. Swap out that bag of crisps for some fruit, and make sure that you take the time to eat regular healthy meals.

Drink Some Water

A lot of the time there are complicated reasons for your lack of energy and motivation but sometimes, it’s very simple. You’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day, everybody knows that, but hardly anybody does it. If you’re dehydrated you’re going to feel tired and lethargic. Whenever you’re feeling a bit lackluster, just grab a glass of water and see if that makes things any better. Ice cold water will give you an extra boost.

Never Having Breaks

Another common way that people kill motivation is by working too hard. It makes logical sense that the more hours you work, the more you get done, but that’s not the reality. Your brain doesn’t actually focus for much longer than half an hour, anything beyond that and you’ll be working at half capacity. If you’ve been up for hours working late into the night, you’re going to move very slowly. You can get the same amount of work done in a shorter time if you boost your productivity and motivation by taking breaks regularly.

Fear Of Failure

The biggest thing that kills people’s motivation is definitely fear of failure. It’s better to not try than it is to try and fail surely? That’s rubbish. If you never try at something you’ll spend the rest of your life wondering what could have happened if you went for it. You’ll have that hanging over you forever and you’ll kick yourself for it. But at least if you try and fail, you won’t be wondering what if. The thing about failure is, it doesn’t matter. All of the most successful people in the world have failed multiple times. Actors didn’t just land in their first movie role and become stars, business owners probably went bankrupt multiple times before they made a success of themselves. Failure is a natural part of life that happens to everybody, so don’t fear it, embrace it head on.

These things are killing your motivation, but you can end that today with some simple changes.