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How to Keep Your Motivation When Every Day Feels the Same

Melissa Chu
5 min readMay 3, 2021


Do you ever feel like you’re living your own version of Groundhog Day?

You’re repeating the same day over and over again. Nothing is unexpected, nothing can be changed. You wake up, do the same thing, go to bed, repeat.

Any sense of spontaneity you might have experienced before has been sucked out, leaving only muted shades of black, white, and grey. You look ahead, and everything looks the same. You look back, and it’s all a blur.

It’s a common feeling during normal times. You’ve been doing the same thing for awhile. Maybe you’re working in a job, running a project, and going through your routine.

You’ve lost motivation, you’re just not that excited anymore, and things are getting stale. It’s normal, no matter what you do.

But during a pandemic? Multiply that feeling by a hundred.

In a world where mobility is restricted, many have lost their jobs, and millions have lost their lives, it’s no wonder we don’t see the point in anything.

Many of us are feeling stuck. We don’t know what to do with ourselves. Even if we did, the state of things isn’t allowing us to stretch our wings far.

Do we act like everything is the same as before, or do we just lie low and wait until it all passes over?

Set Different Expectations

None of us has ever faced anything like this before. Every single aspect of our lives changed, all across the world. No single person can say that they’re unaffected.

So of course you’re not going to feel as productive, motivated, or inspired compared to before. Everything around you has shut down or slowed down, which makes you want to go into hibernation mode as well. Accepting this fact is better than denying it.

When you try to convince yourself everything is fine, you’re doing more harm to yourself than good. It’s like beating a tired horse to get up and start galloping. Forcing something drastic to happen will likely end up backfiring.

During normal times, we put a lot of stress on ourselves to complete tasks and goals by a certain deadline. Often, that’s fine. We all need some pressure to get…



Melissa Chu

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