How To Be More Focused When You Aren’t Motivated

Thomas Davis
3 min readSep 27, 2022
Photo by Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash

Every day we sit down with the goal of knocking out a task or two. But most days we aren’t feeling it and struggle to complete the task.

We hem and haw and look for anything to distract us from what we need to do.

Right now, I am struggling not to pick up my phone and check email.

I know the emails will be there later but the need to check them right this moment is irresistible.

Feels like scratching an itch that never goes away.

But I must press on and not give into seduction.

So how do we resist our urges and focus on what needs to get done?

Most people would give into the impulses and get lost in a world of distractions.

But you’re not most people, are you?

You may struggle and fight these temptations and it will be hard.

But I am here to help you make those days a little easier.

Consider a Few Other Ways to Complete a Task

Like the old saying goes, ‘There’s more than one way to skin a cat.’ Maybe one of the reasons you feel unmotivated is you’ve hit a brick wall, or you may just be looking at the task in a more complex way.

Try tackling it from another angle or break it down into easier tasks.

Easier tasks aren’t intimidating and are simple to complete.

Open your mind and realize a different solution you may not have considered before.

Time Block Your Day

Another reason you could be unmotivated is because your energy is drained.

You’ve focused too much on irrelevant tasks or haven’t figured out how you’re going to spend your day.

Planning your day should take place the night before so you don’t waste energy trying to figure out what’s next.

When you must decide what to do, this can reduce your energy because you’re wasting resources on making decisions that should already be planned.

Knowing what you’re working on and when helps you save energy for the tasks you need to accomplish.



Thomas Davis

Writer, motivational blogger, self-development,deep thinker, storyteller