Let’s face it. You’re probably not supposed to be on the internet, reading this article.Maybe, like most other people, you had a big task list to tackle in 2020, but March is already here, and you pretty much forgot about it.

Everyone struggles with motivation, but there are some people who seem to be able to get a lot done in life, while you’re still “getting around to” doing almost anything in your life. If this sounds like you, read on as I offer you 5 permanent ways you can fix your motivation issues. We tackle both short-term and long-term fixes in this article, so you can make immediate as well as lasting changes to your habits.

  1. Get organized
  2. One of the biggest killers of motivation is a feeling of chaos and disarray in your life. If you feel quickly overwhelmed with the amount of work that piles up, get a task management system in place that works for you, and record the top 3 things you need to get done every day and every week. You could use an app like Todoist, a note-taking system, or it could be a simple pen and paper list. This way, you aren’t wasting valuable brain space remembering the things you need to get done, and your brain can focus on the task at hand.

  3. Time blocking
  4. This has been perhaps the most effective system for many students. Time blocking is a method where you divide your day into tiny blocks of an hour and allot specific tasks into that hour. This allows you to put your task list down on paper and gives you an idea of what you need to get done at any point in the day. Leave a buffer period of a couple of hours in the evening, in case you end up procrastinating and still need to get your work finished.

  5. Pomodoro Method
  6. You might have heard of this one, it’s a gem. The Pomodoro technique is a method of dividing your work up into slots of 25 minutes each, separated by 5 minutes of a short break. This allows you to break your work down into smaller slots, reducing the mental resistance to starting. You will find that once you start a timer for 25 minutes, you will want to keep on going. Use the myriad of Pomodoro apps available that help track your sessions.

  7. Block all distractions
  8. Apps like Cold Turkey or Stayfocusd are revolutionary. They block certain websites for you and make it impossible for you to access them until the timer goes off. Do not allow yourself access to “fun” places on the internet until the day is over. Learn to embrace any boredom you feel and don’t feed your craving for novel stimuli, as Cal Newport, the author of Deep Work suggests. Train your brain to build its focus muscle, the way an athlete would build his leg muscles.

  9. Don’t run on kerosene
  10. If you have a car, do you put in whichever crude oil you find lying around in your house just to save a trip to the gas station? Probably not. But we do this constantly with our bodies, and then wonder why we have a difficult time performing. You cannot expect your body (and brain) to perform if you’re giving it cheap substitutes because you can’t be bothered with putting in the effort to give it the right fuel it needs. Stop fueling up with fast food binges instead of timely, home-cooked food, or coffee instead of a good night’s sleep. You will immediately notice the difference, trust me.

So there you have it. Each of these tips is tried and tested and I’m sure you’ll get immediate results from following them. Good luck!