Episode 099

099: What to do when you’re lacking motivation

Slumps in motivation happen. No matter how passionate you are, no matter how good you are at time management; sometimes you just don’t feel motivated. In this episode we talk about how we deal with the slump, chat about possible reasons for it occurring, and give advice for trying to get out of it.

“We feel so much pressure to rush, like we need to be successful tomorrow. We forget that it’s a long journey, and we have time to enjoy the ride.”

— Femke

Key takeaways

1 | Changes in your routine can break your motivation, as can shifting your priorities in life. When you feel your motivation lacking, take stock of your life and see if this could be the reason for it. Perhaps you’re spreading your motivation to other areas of your life such as health or family, and that’s okay.


2 | There’s no rush. And there’s no such thing as an overnight success. Don’t be afraid to slow down and enjoy the journey as your progress towards your goals. The end product doesn’t matter so much if you’ve enjoyed the journey to reach it.


3 | When you’re in a slump, push past the guilt you feel at not being productive and don’t write off the whole day. Shake it off and try to get one thing done to get the ball rolling again.


4 | To have output you need to have input. When your internal inspiration is lacking, you need to feed your brain with inspiration from external sources like podcasts, music or films you love, or simply looking at great work others have made.

Show timestamps

00:20 Intro & catch up
06:30 Motivation when launching something new
09:30 Ebbs and flows of motivation
13:00 Pressure to achieve
14:20 A shift in priorities
19:15 Getting into the motivation cycle
21:00 Creating a fulfilling life
23:05 Guilt or shame at not being motivated
25:40 To have output you need to have input
29:45 Overhwhelm
31:00 Small changes we’re going to make to be more motivated.

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