It’s seems like no matter how much work I do there’s always something more that needs to get done. I’m always running around, starting or finishing a project and there’s ALWAYS something that needs to be cleaned. I recently thought to myself this is basically how it’s going to be for the next who knows how long (I guess that’s adulting for ya). It also helped me come to realization that I need to make the most of this busy time and get it done. During this busy season in my life (full update to come soon!) it’s so important I find ways to stay motivated. Every day, my goal is to get enough done that I am able to relax at night and feel as though I had a successful day.
Find Your Why
Why are you doing what you are? Is it to better your life, for your family, to prove you can? Whatever your ‘why’ is, figure it out first. Having a why is a huge part of staying motivated. When you’re working on something and you don’t think you can do it anymore, think back to your why. Know that all the hard work you are putting in has a purpose. A great physical reminder of your why would be a dream board. Hang it in a place you see all the time and when you’re feeling unmotivated, you can take a look at it. Remember no matter how much you don’t want to do something you are doing it for a reason. It will be worth it in the end.
Make it Fun
While some tasks are unavoidably not fun, not everything has to be. Find ways to make boring tasks a little more fun. Bribe yourself with treats, turn on the TV or music while doing something mindless, turn it into a game. While I’m writing this post now I’m hanging out with my family while they watch a movie. It gives me the opportunity to write this post while out instead of hidden away in a room. That way, you’ll no longer feel like you’re doing chores but instead like you’re doing something fun.
Have something you’re working towards. Don’t just do something without having an end goal. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to know you are making progress. At the beginning of each month and week, I made goals for that time frame. I look at yearly goals I have and break them down into smaller, more manageable ones. Throughout the week I check off each of my goals and I complete them and at the end of the month. Every time I can check something off I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and it pushes me to do more.
One of the best ways to me to stay motivated and get things done is to make a list. I start off with a list of everything I need to get done and break it down from there. I set due dates for the small tasks based on when I want the big task done by. That way I have several small, manageable lists to go off of. It’s how I study, write blog posts, everything! Right now as I start redoing my room I have a huge to do list broken down day-by-day. If I think of a task as even a little bit big, I seriously can’t get it done. When I see a list of small tasks I can complete over the course of several days though, it makes it so much easier for me to start and get it all done.
Make Some Sort of Schedule
I’m a bit crazy when it comes to organizing. I am the queen of making lists and in an ideal world I will have every moment of every one of my days planned out. Even if planning your day to the minute isn’t for you, find something. Try calendar blocking, using something like a Passion Planner or even just jotting down what you want done at one time. This way, you will have scheduled what feels like an appointment to get the most important things done. I always make sure I schedule my work outs (especially if they’re at home workouts!) and time for working on my blog. Even though these are not things I have to do at a specific time, by scheduling them I feel as though I have to do them and I know they are coming so I can talk myself up to get them done.
The hardest part of any task is starting. If you can find the motivation to start, you’ll be well on your way. No matter the size of the task, don’t think too much about the time it will take or how much work is entailed, just start somewhere. The more you think about it, the bigger it will get. It’s amazing how many things I procrastinate on and then once I start it’s done in practically a matter of minutes. You will be so glad you started! Once you get to the point of starting everything you do after won’t seem as bad. Just like ripping off the bandaid! It’ll give you perspective and you’ll see the end isn’t as far away as you think it will be.
Hopefully these tips will help you to get more done! Something on my to do list recently has been writing and sending out weekly e-mails. If you haven’t subscribed, be sure to use this link to do so! You won’t want to miss what’s coming next.