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Feeling blah? You may be facing the Intention-Behaviour gap. Here’s how to get inspired again
Motivation isn’t a given constant, it comes and it goes, and comes and goes again, just like the tide. But what happens when it goes… and doesn’t seem to be coming back anytime soon?
IB, also known as the Intention-Behaviour gap, refers to the gap between knowing what you need to do – and doing it. Even the most motivated of us can sometimes fall into a slump and struggle to find motivation to do what’s needed. If you’re struggling to motivate yourself, these simple strategies may come in useful:
POST STICKY NOTES
Who knew that Post-its would be so effective when it comes to closing the IB gap! A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that the biggest reason for the IB gap is that we get distracted or forget what we’re trying to achieve. A note stuck on your desk with the words, “Off to yoga at 6pm!” can build anticipation and serve as a reminder, even when your mind is preoccupied at work.
DO ONE THING AT A TIME
Scientists at Emory University in the US say switching mindsets too soon (which is what happens when you try to do too many things at once), saps energy and discipline. This makes you less likely to stick to your intentions, so avoid multi-tasking and focus on one task at a time.
CLENCH YOUR FISTS
When you’re faced with temptation – like the urge to ditch your diet for a snack – try clenching your fists. Researchers from the National University of Singapore say that this action physically sends a surge of energy into the willpower part of your brain, literally giving you added juice to resist temptation.