Why Lack Of Motivation Can Sometimes Be A Good Thing

Hear me out, I'm not going crazy I swear! Lack of motivation is something I have experienced many times, as you also have I'm sure. Those days when I can't be arsed to get out of bed, tackle my to-do list or do even the simplest of tasks like straightening my hair. Having a lack of motivation is nothing new for us all. It's something that we have all gone through at some point. When we think of having that lack of motivation, it is seen as a totally negative occurrence that we want rid of. Well, I'm here to tell you, sometimes having that lack of motivation can sometimes be a good thing.

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Different factors cause a lack of motivation. 


This could include feeling overwhelmed, a loss of love for a passion you have for a hobby or career, being prone to procrastination or it sadly could be related to mental health, something I have experienced lately. Losing motivation in whichever aspect of your life is a sign that you're either working too hard or you're pressuring yourself to reach perfection. I think losing that motivation I once had is a sign that I need to take it easy. 


I like to practice self-care in my life when that happens and just generally do the things I know that I already love doing. It could be something like reading, walking in nature, exercising or even cleaning out my fridge!

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For example, in blogging, if I lack the motivation to do tasks such as writing blog posts, shooting photo's or commenting on bloggers' posts, then I see that as a sign to step away and focus on other areas in my life. It could be that I start aiming more focus on my life admin eg cleaning, decluttering etc. Once I find that motivation to blog again, I make the most of it before the motivation eventually disappears again. 


I'm not going to write about how best to get that motivation back when you lose it. I like to think that the best way (for me personally) is to just ride it out. My attitude is that it'll eventually return, however long it takes. Obviously, I want it to return as quickly as possible, but you can't force motivation in your life. Forcing it means the motivation is meaningless and pointless. I wouldn't go actively searching for motivation that isn't there.

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If you're feeling a lack of motivation right now, don't feel pressurised to want to regain it. It'll come back soon I promise! I know it is disheartening when the motivation goes, but don't get too hung up on it. Focus your attention on something else for a while, be gentle to yourself or talk to someone about it. Also, remember that you're not the only person to go through this sort of thing, that's why I think talking to someone about it may help. 


I'd love to know your perspective on this topic? How do you manage a lack of motivation? Let me know your thoughts! 

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  1. being unmotivated is the worst because it takes me a while to get back into a routine or my blog but i agree, taking a step back and a break sometimes helps because you come back completely refreshed x

    jessica | www.overdressedblogger.com

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    1. I hate feeling unmotivated too Jessica, it's so frustrating! Having that break from something like blogging etc can really help x

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  2. This is a great way to look at things! It's definitely a sign to step away and focus on self-care or take a break. Thanks for sharing, I liked this new perspective!

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    1. I'm glad that you like this perspective lovely!

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  3. I used to hate the feeling of unmotivated but I try to see the good in everything. It's actually healthy to me to feel unmotivated sometimes. This is where I can have the day all to myself and probably in bed the entire time. I like to think of it as a break that I meant to get but sometimes can't. Thank you so much for sharing this super interesting topic! xx

    lenne | lennezulkiflly.com

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    1. I love that you have a day to yourself when you feel unmotivated, I bet that does you the world of good! xx

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  4. I’m the same as you Lucy, when I’m lacking in motivation I try to concentrate on other things instead, even if that is self care x

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    1. It's always worth focusing your attentions on something else when you lose motivation for a particular activity or hobby x

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  5. loved this post! i've been feeling unmotivated with blogging & this post helped me feel less guilty. self care & taking a step back some is very healthy.

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    1. Don't feel guilty about feeling unmotivated with blogging lovely! Just take a step back and practice some self care!

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  6. No matter how unmotivated I am, I try to push through (especially with the blog!) because otherwise I will never get back to it...I am the queen of procrastinators!

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    1. That's fair enough lovely! I like that you push yourself through with getting the motivation back!

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  7. I'm totally with you on that Lucy, I used to fight losing the motivation to do something by forcing myself to do it anyway and then you lose all joy you have in the task. Its totally better to just let yourself have a moment, whether that be a day or a month, and focus on something else. I'm currently in a very high motivation stage in my life and loving doing all the tasks, so I'm making the most of it while its here! haha!
    Milli x - https://millidavison.co.uk/

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    1. Exactly lovely, forcing the motivation just doesn't help at all!
      I'm so happy to hear that you have very high motivation right now!

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  8. Yes to all of this. I think lack of motivation is a sign you need to take a step back. And that's not a bad thing. I don't think you can be on 100% of the time. More often than not you come back better than ever.
    Claire.X
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    1. It's definitely a sign to step back when needing to Claire! You really can't be 100% on it 24/7! x

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  9. I always go through phases with motivation and I sometimes actually enjoy the sitting round and doing not a lot that comes with a lack of it, especially because I know I just have to ride the wave until it comes back!
    Amy x
    callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. It's always better to ride the wave isn't it Amy?! x

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  10. I've never thought about it this way! I'm usually no motivated when I feel tired or burnt out, so it really signals that something else is wrong when it happens to me!

    Corinne x
    https://skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I don't anyone is ever motivated when they feel tired or burnt out, it's better to just focus on yourself when you feel like that! x

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  11. I go through phases, especially with blogging - I feel like I just don't have the time at the moment which then affects how motivated I am about it xx

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    1. I'm with you lovely, I go through phases of feeling unmotivated with blogging and it's so frsutrating! xx

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  12. Yes I agree, sometimes not feeling motivated is a sign that you are burnt out, pampering yourself and slowing down and taking time out for yourself recharges you and in return inspires you.

    Great tips and advice!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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    1. Absolutely, feeling unmotivated or burnt out is a definite sign to pamper yourself etc x

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  13. I never thought about this! Sometimes I hate feeling unmotivated, however others I guess it's a good thing because it gives me time to unwind x

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    1. Having that feeling of feeling unmotivated is a definitely a sign to unwind and focus on yourself! x

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  14. I really needed to read this post right now. My motivation has been at an all time low. I agree its often a sign to take a step back and concentrate on something else.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that your motivation has been at an all time low Kelly, I hope it returns for you soon!

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  15. This post is everything. I feel like my motivation has been so low lately, but I'm definitely going to take a step back!

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    1. I think it's good to take a step back when you are lacking any motivation Amie x

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  16. I hate it when I am just not motivated to do anything, it does take me a while to get out of that funk! Thank you for sharing this post.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl

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    1. It's frustrating when you lack motivation and sometimes it can be hard to get it back!

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  17. I completely agree in riding it out, I find the more I try to remotivate myself the worse I get so I just distract and do things I enjoy until my motivation returns

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    1. The worst thing you can do is try to re-motivate yourself when it's lacking, it just doesn't work!

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  18. This is exactly what I needed right now! I find when my motivation is low making small to-do lists helps with slowly building my motivation back up, as well as making a "done list" to also review my accomplishments! :)

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    1. I like that you make small to-do lists when you lose motivation, that's a great idea! Also making a 'done list' is a brilliant idea!

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  19. This couldn't really come at better time Lucy!I have been feeling very unmotivated, but because I want to reach my schedule anyway I keep pushing through, but actually I should really take a step back and do something else and ride it out as you said|!

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    1. Take a step back Cristina, it'll be worth it for you!

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  20. I love your take on this, Lucy. The pressure to keep going can be overwhelming but if you're not feeling it then yes, it's sometimes best to step back rather than try and power through :) x

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    1. It's better to just focus on something else when you're feeling unmotivated by a certain task/hobby x

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