Passive Income In Egypt: How To Invest In Egypt With Little To No Money

How can you create multiple streams of passive income sources in Egypt? How much money do you need to start an investment in Egypt? Learn 5 ways through which you can invest in Egypt with little to no money at all.

Disclaimer: I am an engineer. I have nothing to do with finances and I do not give any financial advice. Thank you.

In this post, there are 5 different ways through which you can invest in Egypt. And there are two reasons as to why I decided to put this post together.

First is that last year, and before starting this blog, when I tried searching for ways to invest in Egypt to be able to start this journey, I couldn’t really find anything helpful that could put me on the right path.

Most of the information I found were created by and for people in other countries like US, UK, Canada, etc. I was very disappointed to be honest. Like why aren’t more people thinking of this and why isn’t it more common?

So, in the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted to go more in depth about how to invest in Egypt, but I was waiting until I have enough information to actually fill a blog post.

The second reason I decided to write this post is because, whenever I talk to someone here about my journey and what I plan to do with creating passive income and all, I’m usually met with a confused face followed by something along the lines of, “wow! you’re different!” (as if I just came up with the concept) or “Investing? Isn’t this for, like, rich people? I don’t really have that much money around.”

And I realized that so many people here don’t have that concept of investing in general. Despite that there are so many opportunities around them to do so, somehow this investment mindset is not that common. At least not in the minds of those around me.

So I thought it would be a great idea if I can put together a post that shows people they can invest in Egypt and they can do it without necessarily being filthy rich or having hundreds of thousands of pounds to start.

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1. Nakhlaty

Nakhlaty (en: my palm trees) is a project that I have come across very recently. This is an agricultural project that basically revolves around planting date palms and selling/exporting the dates.

The location of this project is in Siwa Oasis, located nearly 50 km east of the Libyan border and 560 km from Cairo.

What you do is you visit their website first and register. They will then send you a short guide for the entire project and all the information you may need to know about the investment.

And within a few hours, you will receive a call from one of their representatives to explain things further and see if you are interested and want to book an appointment to sign the contract.

I have not invested with them yet, however, I find this a very good opportunity with a decent return of money. And also a great way to make money through planting more. So it is definitely on the top my list.

How much money do you need to invest in Nakhlaty?

The price of 1 Feddan (that is 40 palm trees) is 210K EGP with a minimum downpayment of 65K EGP and you have the option to pay the remainder on installments over 3 years, paid quarterly.

And there is another option if you are looking for something less expensive, you can opt for investing in only 1/2 Feddan for 110K with a minimum downpayment of 30K EGP and installing the rest same way, over 3 years. 

But note that these prices above are not fixed as they did announce a rise in prices that would take place some time during next month.

The first downpayment would be paid at their branch at the time of signing the contract and the remaining installments can be deposited in their bank account.

Once you are done with the installments, you are not required to make any additional payments for the entirety of your investment period which is 50 years.

And if you decide to invest in the next few days, they actually have an offer going that you can pay the downpayment on a 2-month installment. (Quite the good deal if you ask me!)

How much profit would you get from investing in Nakhlaty?

The profits are quite tempting once you pass the first 3 years. 

Starting from the 4th year, you get a profit of 24% and then it keeps increasing every year until it is 70-75% per year.

The reason your profits start from the 4th year is because this is how long it takes for the planted palm trees to grow and bear fruit.

2. Retirement Accounts

This enables you to set aside money on a regular basis, to be invested over the long-term for your retirement. Most plans I found last somewhere between 15-20 years and you are always free to renew. The minimum would be a 10-year investment.

There are two options for such investments: You can either have a safe investment in markets and areas that are almost risk-free or choose to put your money in a more risky investment option.

I personally chose the safest option to put the money in as I’m not looking to risk my money in any way at this moment due to very limited resources; however, once I have established a decent source of passive income, I would very much like to try investing in one of those more risky investments and see what kind of profit they might provide.

How you get started with one of these is either by directly going to one of their main branches or sign with them through their representative in one of the banks they advertise through. 

I honestly never tried going directly to a branch, because I only ever hear of them when I am in the bank.

And I’m more inclined to registering with ones that are advertised through banks than just Googling random companies online. I don’t know if this makes any difference integrity-wise or security-wise, but it’s just a personal preference.

Two well-known examples that I’m also familiar with are AXA (through CIB) and Allianz (through Emirates NBD).

How much money do you need to start a retirement account in Egypt?

The one I signed with requires as little as 600 EGP per month. Others may require up to 1k EGP as a minimum installment, and usually it never exceeds the 1k.

It would also depend on the company you choose, but most of them will have some or all of these payment options: monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.

Just a tip if you consider this one, you better start with an amount a little less than what you can afford, because you will need to pay that amount for the entire period of your contract.

And you can of course increase the starting amount at any point during the contract.

How much profit would you get from a retirement account investment in Egypt?

Mostly you are given an average percentage as the profit you get is not always a fixed amount and that is because it is usually connected with other factors such as the financial situation of the country, however, you can expect a profit anywhere between 10-25% after your first year.

This percentage can always increase or decrease, however, the differences are not catastrophic and you can always ask the representative to show you statistics of how this investment has been doing over the years to know what to expect.

And with the current advancement in the economic status of the country and all the new projects happening, I think it is a quite promising climate for finances and investment.

Depending on which company you will sign with, there will be a lot more than just an investment benefit for you. Main features that all companies would have is a decent healthcare coverage and a life insurance that will cover you/your family in case of critical illness, disability, or death.

3. Real Estate Investment

To invest in real estate in Egypt you have a few options depending on how familiar you are with this field and how much money you are willing to put into it.

A. Flipping houses

You can buy apartments that are in a quite poor condition with a cheap price, renovate it with the least amount of cost you can, then sell it again with a high price to match the current market price.

How much money would you need to flip a house?

That will entirely depend on the area you plan to invest in, but an approximate range you can say anywhere from 200K to 900K.

You may also check this article, while it’s not specifically for Egypt, it does give you an idea on how to choose the houses to flip and how to renovate with the least cost possible.

How much profit would you make flipping houses?

I don’t think there is a definite amount as to how much you can make flipping houses, because there are so many variables when it comes to this kind of business; the location, the condition of the place, the market price, and the economic status, etc..

I have seen people make 50-100K profit and I have seen others make 500K+ profit.

So I would say this would depend on your luck and how good you are in choosing the right place at the right time. But I wouldn’t get into this business if I’m not knowledgable in this field.

B. Home construction companies

If you can’t afford buying a house and renovating it, or simply don’t have the time for all that work, you can turn to a hands-free real estate investment.

Turn to investing in real estate companies that would do all the work for you and you would just get the profits at the end of every year.

You can find these companies through realtors or just googling them and see which one is near your city, read reviews and check what people are saying about it first.

If you would like a recommendation, you can contact me and I’ll give you details of the company I’m investing in.

How much money do you need to invest in a home construction company?

Most real estate companies I checked would accept a minimum of 50K for a fund. And in most cases, you can always increase that later on.

How much profit would you get?

That will sort of vary based on the company and the nature of the estate they work with either residential, commercial, or entertainment, etc.. However, you can expect a range between 30-50% as an average yearly profit.

Read: Passive Income: 4 Real Estate Investing Options

C. Real estate funds

This real estate investment option was announced earlier this year that it has finally been introduced in Egypt. This is a mutual fund that focuses on investing in assets offered by public real estate companies.

So this would be a way for you to invest in real estate funds with huge estate projects throughout the country without the risk of buying individual stocks through original stock market investments.

However, as of the writing of this post, the company that announced the beginning of this fund, Naeem Holding, has unfortunately cancelled such plans.

It seems that this is something that is in talks right now though according to this article and this update. However, there hasn’t been any news yet on whether it will be open for the public investors or not, if it does though, it would be one of the best real estate investment options you can opt for.

According to Naeem Holding’s earlier announcement, this fund would have cost a minimum of 50K EGP and yielded a profit of 25% yearly. So this is an expected average of what this investment could be about.

I’ll be on the lookout for any news on it and will be updating this post accordingly.

Read: Passive Income: Investing In Index Funds For Beginners

4. Dryve

Another type of passive income source you can opt for is renting your car to a car rental company like Dryve.

It is a start-up company that is said to be the first digitalized car rental service in Egypt through which you can rent a car or put your car up for rental on a mobile app.

And they don’t only offer rental cars to individuals but they are also partnered with Uber, providing them with rental cars for drivers who don’t own a car.

What’s good about this company is that they are also partnered with AXA insurance company, which provides you with a full car insurance coverage on your rented car.

All you would need to do is sign up through their App and list your car up for rent.

How much money would you need to invest with Dryve?

Well, if you do have a car that you are willing to give up for part of the day or give up completely, then that would be 0 EGP.

If you don’t have a car, I honestly wouldn’t suggest buying a car just for this purpose. Whatever the amount you’d put even in a used car can be put in a much better and more stable investment.

How much profit would you get renting to Dryve?

Dryve has a calculator on their website where you can enter the details of your car: brand, model and year, and they provide you with the expected revenue you would make renting it.

However, when listing the car you actually set your own prices, you can choose to set the price you see fit.

Read more about Dryve here.

5. Airbnb

This is a company that connects tourists with available houses offered by locals in the country of their destination to stay in for the period of their visit.

The great thing about this company is that you don’t have to rent an entire house if you don’t have that to spare. You can rent a room only, in the house you already live in.

Renting a room, you would also need to provide them access to the bathroom and the kitchen (too obvious but had to say it, just in case). 

There are a set of rules and things you may want to familiarize yourself with first before stepping into this one. I have an entire article published where I went through all the details you need to know to become an Airbnb host today.

How much money do you need to invest with Airbnb?

Well, it will cost you absolutely nothing. The things you would need to provide the guests would be basic amenities like a towel, toilet paper, a cover, a pillow, who doesn’t have that in their house?

So cost is 0 EGP.

How much profit would you make investing with Airbnb?

That would depend on the location of the place you offer. If you live in an area that is close to sightseeing places, a public transportation route, supermarkets and restaurants and such, then you can set a high price and find interested guests.

You can have an idea of the price range you may set for a room here. They mostly range between $10 and $55 per night.

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I hope this list can help someone take their first step towards starting their own passive income source today, because, as you’ve just read, it is not as complicated and not as costly as most people think it is.

Till next week, happy days!

Sunshine Blogger Award (x2)

Thrilled to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. In this post, learn about the award, read my answers to 12 completely random questions (total waste of your time), and find a list of 11 amazing bloggers I nominate (this should be worth it though).

The Sunshine Blogger Award logo attacked by clouds, because let’s face it, I hate sunshine.

I am so incredibly humbled and honored to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award 8 times so far. Just writing this sentence drew a huge smile on my face, to think there is this many bloggers who not only like my content but also felt it was deserving of a nomination. I am forever grateful!

Now, due to the nature of this award, it is quite challenging to fit them all into a single post and, therefore, I decided to divide them into a number of separate posts.

My first nomination was by one of my favourite people, Vanessa (The Wellbeing Blogger), I like to think of her as my “journey-towards-freedom” pal.
She is a writer, a therapist, and a life coach among so many things. Her blog is truly inspiring and motivational and you really have to check it out if you haven’t already.

My second nomination was by my very good blogger friend, Kendra (Hearts and Houseshoes). She created her blog to help raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes by sharing her own experiences in dealing with it.
She also writes about fitness and household tips. There’s a lot of useful information there, so make sure to check it out!

About the Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. The award is driven entirely by the community, passed from blogger to blogger in recognition of their inspiring material. 

Rules of the Award

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. (Thank you Vanessa and Kendra!)
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or website.

To not have this post be too long, I answered 6 questions off Vanessa’s list (see full list) and 6 questions off Kendra’s list (see full list).

Vanessa’s Questions

1. What job did you want to have when you were a kid?

I can’t remember what I wanted when I was a child, but in my teen years I wanted to be a forensic analyst. 

2. List 5 things that bring you happiness.

Food, a cool breeze of air, early mornings, green sceneries, and comedy shows.

3. What’s your favourite food?

Anything chicken and pizza.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself in two equally possible scenarios, either with 4 different streams of stable passive income, a dog, my own product line, one published book, and two more websites..
Or dead.

5. What was your childhood’s nickname?

Roon

6. If you could go on a mission around the world, what would it be about?

Stopping wars.

Kendra’s Questions

1. Do you let family and friends know about your blog?

Unfortunately, I force myself to tell everyone I see. It’s kind of my way to hold myself accountable.

2. When it comes to blogging, what do you enjoy most about it?

Honestly, at the moment, the only thing I enjoy is getting feedback.

3. What advice would you give a beginner blogger?

I was about to give up on blogging one day because I felt it was useless and I wasn’t going anywhere with it. That same day in the afternoon, I received my very fist offer to publish a sponsored post on my blog.

Not just in blogging, but in anything, when you’re about to give up, remember, that next try, that next post, that next book could be your winning one.

4. What is your best personality trait?

I admit when I’m at fault; sometimes with words, sometimes with actions.

5. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby?

Reading and photography.

6. Is there a certain skill you wish you could improve?

I wish I could get back to violin and improve my skills, but unfortunately that’s not possible anymore.

List of 11 Bloggers I Nominate

  1. Sandy – Sunday Morning with Sandy
  2. Mama Robins – Undistracted Life Series
  3. Alex – Damsel Divorcée
  4. Mikaela – A Blonde In The Crowd
  5. Spence – The Mindberg
  6. Arushi – Arushi Sinha
  7. Shelly – Breathe and Reboot
  8. Madison – The Madi Method
  9. Kieran (plus one?) – MacBar Blogs
  10. Rachel – YamteQ
  11. Positively Weightless

My 11 Questions for You

  1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
  2. What is your spirit animal?
  3. What do you do when you feel uninspired?
  4. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
  5. What is the worst food you’ve ever tasted?
  6. List 3 of your best qualities.
  7. One thing you will never go anywhere without.
  8. When you close your eyes, what do you see?
  9. Name one thing that has changed about you/your life in the last 5 years.
  10. What is one sport you wish you excelled at?
  11. Who was your first blogger friend?

Again, a big thank you to Vanessa and Kendra for nominating me, and congratulations to all the nominees!

Till the next awards season, happy days!

The Science Of Motivation: Why We Lose It And Where To Find it (17 Tricks To Motivate Yourself)

What happens in your brain when you are motivated? Why do you lose motivation? How can you become more motivated? Learn about motivation and how to motivate yourself in this post.

Have you ever felt unmotivated to do a certain task? I think I can safely say that most of us go through days where we have to get something done, but we just don’t feel like doing it for some reason.

Often times I’d start working on a project and then halfway through I don’t feel like working on it anymore. Sometimes writing these blog posts becomes a heavy task that I dread doing. Even though I love my blog and I chose to create it and I had a plan in mind when I did.

So why does this happen? Why do we sometimes stop feeling motivated to do certain things despite knowing that they need to be done, and sometimes even despite being motivated to do them when we first started?

I found a lot of answers to these questions and also a lot of tips that can help you overcome this feeling of being unmotivated.


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What is the science behind motivation?

Neuroscientists and psychologists have established that we generally experience motivation when dopamine is released and travels to the nucleus accumbens.

The nucleus accumbens is an area of the brain that mediates reward behavior. So when dopamine reaches the nucleus accumbens, it is asking for feedback on whether a good thing or a bad thing is about to happen. 

For example, if you get an email from your manager with a new assignment, dopamine hits the nucleus accumbens to form a prediction of what will happen if you do the assignment or not, or if you do it well or poorly.

With that prediction in place, you’ll either act to increase the probability of reward, such as payment, praise, or sense of accomplishment, or decrease the probability of punishment, such as demotion, yelling, or sense of failure.

So we are motivated by the promise of reward or punishment. But zoom in a bit, and we can separate motivation into two more categories: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic motivation, according to psychologists Stefano Domenico and Richard Ryan, is the spontaneous tendency to seek out novelty and challenges, to extend and exercise one’s capacity, to explore, and to learn, even in the absence of operationally separable rewards.

In other words, intrinsic motivation comes from within, no outside prompting involved.

Extrinsic motivation is the opposite. It occurs when we’re prompted to act by external stimuli.

Reward vs. punishment, intrinsic vs. extrinsic—these are the broad strokes of motivation.

Extrinsic motivation VS Intrinsic motivation

In 1960, Sam Glucksberg, a psychology professor, conducted an experiment called the candle problem (originally conducted by Karl Duncker in 1945)

He brought a number of participants and divided them into two groups.

Each group was asked to find a way to stick the candle to the wall in a way that the melting wax wouldn’t drip on the desk, using only a book of matches and a box of thumbtacks.

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Candle problem.
  • Team number 1 was told that whoever solves this problem the fastest will get $20.
  • Team number 2 was told that they were making this experiment because they needed to see how long it can take someone to solve this problem.

Which do you think was the quickest team to solve the problem?

Team number 2.

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Candle problem solution.

He then conducted the same experiment again, however this time, he changed the problem by emptying the box of thumbtacks as shown below.

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Adjusted candle problem.

Which team do you think won this time?

Team number 1

That is because in the 2nd experiment the answer was too easy and did not require much thought.

In the first experiment, the box of the thumbtacks was not seen as a functioning tool on its own. And by emptying the box, it was clearly then seen as a third tool, beside the matches and the thumbtacks. And solving the problem became more mechanical than it was cognitive.

This experiment has been conducted several times along the years and while changing the rewards and the nature of the activity, it was usually the same result.

The team with the high reward wins when it’s a mechanical activity and loses when the experiment requires any amount of cognitive thinking.

Why does this happen?

Because when there is a high reward as a motivator, part of your attention shifts to the motivator and this distracts you and reduces the overall performance.

But when you are doing something for a higher purpose, something larger than yourself, in other words, when the motivator is from within you not an outside stimuli, this gives you more motivation to do it and do it better and more efficiently.

Another way to explain the failure for the team offered the reward is that the process of turning the task into a competition can create mild levels of stress, which can lead to a sympathetic nervous system response known as fight-or-flight.

This stress response effectively shuts down the creative thinking and problem solving areas of the brain in the prefrontal cortex.

This tells you that incentive and big rewards or creating a competing environment are not always the answer to motivation and good results. And that sometimes having that intrinsic motivation is all you need to accomplish the best results.

Why do you lose motivation?

Self-motivation is our way of pushing ourselves to get things done. But why do we lose that sometimes? Why does it seem so hard to motivate ourselves to do certain tasks?

The reason is that we perceive motivation to be a feeling that we get, but it shouldn’t be a feeling, it should be taken as a step-by-step process. We shouldn’t expect motivation to just magically appear or stay with us forever, we have to nurture it.

When you first start out on a new project, you are very motivated and excited to work on it every single minute of the day.

And then little by little, you start feeling like things are not going where you really wanted them, you’re not losing as much weight as you thought you would be by now, or you’re not making as much money from your business as you though you would.

And so you start giving yourself a space to let things slip, thinking, “I don’t need to work on this today, this can wait. It wouldn’t make a difference if I do it today or tomorrow.”

This is when you start the first step into losing the motivation of doing the thing that you initially wanted to do. You gradually start giving up.

What you need to know and accept is that you will not remain as excited and motivated as you were when you first started working on your idea.

With time, it will just become normal, something you do on the list of things that you need to do. And you need to accept that and do it anyway. Because this is how you will achieve things. 

Otherwise, you will find yourself falling out from one unfinished idea to another and from one unachieved goal to the next. (One thing I learned through my many unachieved goals and It is not a very pleasant realization)

In his podcast Join Up The Dots, David Ralph explained this and compared your feelings towards your goals to when you meet someone you like for the first time.

How you are all nervous and excited to be around them,  to be able to talk them and learn all about each other. But then a few years being married to them, it no longer feels this way.

You still love them and want them with you, but that feeling of excitement and anticipation and nervousness is not there anymore.

Does that mean you should leave them and find someone else?

Absolutely not.

These are just different stages of a relationship, and just because you are in this stage in the process, doesn’t mean you should stop there, it’s simply just how our feelings work.

How can you become more motivated?

Now that we agree that just because you don’t feel motivated enough to do something, doesn’t mean you should give up on it or assume that you shouldn’t pursue that goal anymore.

Let’s see how we can revive that feeling of motivation again and push through this apathy we get sometimes to be able to achieve our goals.

Here is a list of 17 things (plus 5 more from Twitter) on how to become more motivated and work on tasks even if you don’t feel like it.

1. Make your goal part of your routine

The first to do to be motivated to do an important task towards your goal is to not allow your feelings to tell you but your calendar to tell you whether you should do it today or not.

Don’t let your emotions drive you, instead take control and list everything that needs to be done in a to-do list and work on them every day without putting too much thought into it. Make it a routine.

2. Start with just 5 minutes

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to get started. If you take just 5 minutes to focus, it will mostly be enough to get you in the mood of working on whatever it is you need to work on and before you know it, hours would pass and you will have made great progress.

3. Use your body to trick your brain

Sit up straight, smile, stretch, walk around, by changing your physiological state, it will help your brain focus and will make you feel more energized and open to work.

4. Chase the flow

There are often moments where you’d catch yourself very indulged in the process of working on a certain task and your flow doesn’t stop, you just keep going.

This is often happens when the task you are dealing with and your skills and your interests all meet in one perfect point.

If you can figure out which part of the project you work on matches your skills and your interest to the point where you just start working non-stop, you can use that point to get your way into tackling the project.

For example, I enjoy working on Pinterest Pins for my blog posts, so sometimes when I don’t feel like getting started with the blog itself, I start woking on the Pins first, as a way to get myself into the mood of working on it, and then when I’m focused on the project, I go from there to working on the actual post.

5. Plan tomorrow tonight

One of the best ways to get things done is if you have a clear idea what needs to be done beforehand.

When you wake up knowing you have this list of things to do, and maybe even listed in order, it will reduce the effort it takes you to talk yourself into doing them and you will just do it.

6. Look for inspiration

Sometimes, those cheesy inspirational quotes actually work. If you find yourself unmotivated, you may turn to some uplifting music, reading some inspirational quotes, watching some of those motivational TED talks or just search for motivational videos on Youtube.

There are plenty of them and they can be quite effective in giving you this rush it takes to get you started.

7. Help others

Sharing your skills and taking the time out of your day to help someone else will give you a boost of confidence and make you feel more energized and more capable to tackle whatever tasks that you need to finish.

8. Reevaluate your process

Motivation is not always the problem. If you find yourself always dreading the same task or getting stuck at the same point, ask yourself if maybe you can do things differently.

9. Remember your successes

Think about a recent win or a task you did that got great results and remember how that felt like. This will release a dose of dopamine into your brain which is the substance associated with motivation in the brain.

10. Celebrate the small achievements

At the end of each day or each week, look at all the things you have managed to accomplish so far that is part of your goal and celebrate that.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the things that are ahead of you that sometimes you forget how much work and effort it took to actually get where you are now.

11. Write your long-term goals

As a way to remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing and why it is important to you to proceed and get it done.

Getting your mind off the current step you’re stuck in through your plan and instead focusing on your end result will give you the push you need to start tackling those tasks.

12. Make a list of what drains your motivation

When you’re feeling unmotivated, try to write down a list of things that cause you to feel this way.

It could be your colleagues, an unrealistic goal, an overwhelming workload, etc. And when you write them down, develop a plan and list the ways where you can deal with these things and fix them.

13. Push away negative thoughts

When you are working on a certain task, try to think less of the negative side of it and focus more on the positive feeling of accomplishment you will get when you complete it.

This actually works a lot when I’m working on a very long blog post and things start to get overwhelming, I shift my focus from the post to the feeling I will get when I’m finished with it.

14. Surround yourself with positive people

Negative people are like negative thoughts, they will always have a bad influence on you and your overall mindset. They will often hold you back.

When you’re surrounded with positive people, the opposite happens. It will help you have a positive mindset which will make you more motivated to work.

15. Break your goal into smaller goals

By breaking your goal into smaller set of goals, you will get a greater sense of achievement on a regular basis as you finish one task after the other, which gets you closer to your bigger goal.

And this doesn’t need to be a huge goal. You can break any goal into smaller ones.

If I need to clean the bathroom and I don’t feel like it, I break that into smaller goals. First I will spray the toilet cleaner and let it sit, second, I will clean the sink, third, I will clean the tub, and so on.

By finishing each part, I feel I am getting closer to the end result and that gives me the push to keep going.

16. Start your day with the hardest task

If you have a list of things that you need to finish every day or every week, tackle the worst or the hardest or the most boring task first.

This way you will feel like you achieved a great accomplishment by getting this hard task out of the way, and you will feel more motivated because now every thing on the list seems easy and achievable.

I usually do this with workouts and house work, because these are usually the activities that I feel like can be the hardest or most mundane.

So first thing I do when I wake up is workout, then do whatever chores I need to do in the house for that day, and once these two are done, I feel like I can do anything.

17. Manage distractions and try to Pomodoro

App notifications, calls, emails, etc.. All these things are distractions that keep stoping you from finishing the task at hand, which results in your tasks piling up, which in turn causes you to lose motivation because your list never seems to get any smaller and you always have a lot to do and not enough time. (That’s me!)

So when you sit down to work on something, make sure to turn all these things off, so they don’t distract you away from the big goal you are working on.

Try the Pomodoro Technique of working in 25-minute blocks at a time, without being interrupted or distracted by anything, giving the task at hand your undivided attention.

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Suggestions from the Twitter-verse

I asked some friends on Twitter about how they motivate themselves when they don’t feel like doing what they have to do, and here are some of their suggestions.

  • I have visual motivators posted for what I’m working towards and when it’s something I have to physically do and don’t want to do it I set a timer. Breaking things up into 5 or 20 minute segments helps me get more accomplished. —Sarah
  • 1. Just get up and start. Tell myself even just 5 mins. That usually gets me in a groove. 2. Loud music and make it a happy environment. 3. Take something I’m looking forward to like a show, reading book, going out and use that to start. “Once I’m done I’ll get to…” —MamaRobbins
  • I walk around for a while feeling grumpy then I write a list of the things I’ve got to do, pick one and start doing it. Then I tell myself that I will be able to stop when I have finished doing X, so I keep doing them so then when I stop I feel that I’ve been productive. —Mummyofasquarepeg – A voice for Autism
  • If it’s not the biggest thing in the world I let it slide and let myself be a bit lazy. But that means I REALLY have to do it later. If it’s important and time sensitive I remind myself why it matters, unplug from everything, stretch a bit to get juices flowing and power through. —MentalHealthMemo
  • Play a TUNE, loudly. Dance round the room like a loon, and remind myself we all have our own fights to crack on and win. We’ve all got this. Failing that, I open wine. No ones perfect. —Parenting Fails and Pigtails

Have you tried any of those ways to motivate yourself before? Do you have other methods through which you motivate yourself? If so, share them in the comments below!


Till next week, happy days!



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