Tips to motivate you when you’re feeling overwhelmed

Between working from home, endless Zoom calls, and homeschooling, our day to day work routines have become increasingly distracting and stressful. It’s no wonder then that getting through a simple to-do list has become a little more complicated.

Finding the motivation to get your work done when you’re feeling overwhelmed is a lot more common than you think. A Motivational Statistic study conducted by Gallup, reveals that only “15% of employees feel engaged in their workplace”. Further statistics reveal that in “Europe, only 10% of employees are motivated at work, which compares to 33% for the US. The employee motivation statistics for the UK are even more alarming, with the number as low as 8%”.

While it’s clear that many people struggle to get through their days efficiently, there are several techniques you can try to get motivated again.

1. Plan out your entire day

When your tasks are piling up without any structure to them, it can feel very overwhelming. This is where time management plays a huge key in your daily life.

Creating a guide for your day makes the tasks feel much more manageable. Whether you’re old school and use a diary or future forward with the latest app, get into the habit of planning your day and getting through your tasks in a structured manner.

2. Give Yourself a Break

The simplest and the hardest thing to do when you feel overwhelmed is to walk away from work. But it is key to remember, that when you are feeling overwhelmed, your body is telling you that you need to take a break. 

Even if it’s just a short 15-minute break where you can meditate, go for a walk or take a power nap. Removing yourself from the situation will stop that overwhelming feeling.

3. Limit Distractions and Interruptions

Do you find that you struggle to get your focus back each time you’re interrupted? Limiting distractions and interruptions you experience can help you stay motivated and get through your tasks quicker.

While this sounds easier said than done, we have a few tried and tested methods that work for us: 

  • Mute your phone notifications 
  • Close your email application, and only check it once an hour or until your task is complete
  • Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” until your work is done
  • Avoid social media completely until your most critical tasks are complete

If you’re working from home with kids, prepare games or activities to keep them occupied. This should reduce how often they interrupt you. It is vital to establish rules about them interrupting you while you are working.

4. Finish one project at a time

Many people believe that they are more productive when they are performing two or more tasks simultaneously. In fact, some researchers suggest that multitasking can actually reduce productivity by as much as 40%. 

A study conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing one thing at a time. The researchers also found that “those who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention. They also don’t recall information or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time”.

We, therefore, suggest you refer to your to-do list, determine what is most important and tick those items off one by one. Finishing a task before moving on to the next will soon give you a feeling of focus and accomplishment and a lot less overwhelmed.

5. Ask for support

When you’re feeling stuck, unmotivated or completely overwhelmed by the work you have to do, asking for help from a friend or colleague becomes necessary. Research shows that talking with other people boosts the region of the brain that controls focus, planning, prioritisation, and organisation. 

So, when you’re next feeling stressed or unmotivated, reach out to your friends or peers instead of trying to manage these feelings on your own.


When overwhelmed and lacking motivation, it is time to break things down and make it simpler and easier for yourself. You should also remind yourself of how good you’ll feel when you get the work done, as opposed to how stressed you feel when you delay it.

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We’ll craft your brand or website as carefully as we would our own, so you can relax and focus on what you do best.

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