Motivation is defined in the English dictionary as “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way”.

Motivation is a funny word. I feel like at the moment it’s become a bit of a buzzword, much like resilience and productivity. We often compare each other motivation, but it’s one of those things where I think if your motivation dips you are seen as a failure.

It is normal to have bouts of decreased motivation. It doesn’t mean you’ve stopped loving what you do, it doesn’t mean you are less passionate, it doesn’t mean that you are a failure. It just means that maybe you just need to remind yourself why you started in the first place, whether it’s a university degree, a job, a lifestyle change, anything at all.

I will admit that this year my motivation has been up and down. As student nurses we are warned about this, particularly those in second year and starting third year. But dealing with this and a pandemic on top isn’t exactly what I’m sure many of us had in mind!

Set yourself goals for the new week, month, or even daily! I try and set myself a daily to-do list that I have on my phone, and sometimes I fill it in as I go on. For example if I have some appointments or meetings I put them in, but anything extra I’ve done such as laundry, cooking, training or cleaning I will add! Then at the end of the day I can see that I’ve actually done and it makes me feel so much better, especially if I feel that I haven’t done enough.

If you aren’t feeling motivated right now, it’s okay. It may be a sign that you just need to take a break, remember burnout is a real and significant thing! I know it’s easier said than done but just remember why you started your journey in the first place, and more importantly look how far you’ve come! If you told yourself 5 years ago this is where you’d be in your life, would you be happy or sad? If you aren’t quite where you want to be, try not to stress too much. You will get there! There no time limit on success, and lots of little steps are just an important as the big leaps.