I’ve been thinking a lot lately about motivation. Motivation for the blog, for work, for working out, for life in general. I’ve always been self-motivating and an (admittedly) over-acheiver. Super Type-A.
But, in recent months, I’ve had to find motivation in a new way. I’ve gone from working full-time to have two part-time jobs, to spending a lot of time on this blog and having more time at home by myself. I thought it would make an interesting blog post to share what has been motivating me lately. I’ve been super productive the past few weeks by utilizing these tips. I’d love to hear what motivates you, too! Share in the comments.
Make a list.
This sounds so silly, but making a to-do list is super motivating for me. I find the motivation in checking it off as complete. I hate going to bed at night and having something not finished. I seriously can’t stand it. For example, yesterday I made a to-do list for everything I needed to accomplish that day. It included small things, like put clothes away, clean the bathrooms, and big things like find a new blog design (!) and write upcoming posts. I truly believe that making a list clears your mind and gets you organize so you can be the most productive throughout the day. My Google Calendar especially gives me the best picture for the day and helps me see exactly when I can accomplish everything.
Focus on the result, not the journey.
I know there are all of those quotes on Pinterest about life’s in the journey, not the destination. Well, that’s all fine and good, but when I have zero motivation to work out, for example, I focus on the result. I think about how great it is going to feel once I’m done. I’ve never regretted a work out, but I have regretted not working out. When I don’t have motivation to write, I think about the sense of accomplish I will feel once it’s done. I usually read my posts after I’ve written it, and even if it’s not the most amazing post ever written in the history of the Internet, I’m proud of myself for writing and putting my feelings out there. When we were training for our marathon, thinking about how it would feel at the finish line got me through miles 15 – 22. By focusing on the feeling or result, I realize that the activity is only a short period of the day and the aftermath has a much longer, and better, effect.
Take a break and get outside.
When I’m feeling a little down and unmotivated, I grab my iPod and take Copley on a walk. It’s amazing what 25 minutes in the fresh air can do for me. I suddenly feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Read or listen to a podcast.
I find motivation in others a lot of times. When I read other blogs, I find ideas for my own blog, and the same with listening to podcasts. There’s motivation everywhere and seeing other people be creative helps my creativity, motivation and focus. When I’m really lacking motivation, I tend to reach for successful people. Sometimes I even Google articles about people I admire: Oprah, Tina Fey, Emily Schuman and Bethenny Frankel are some of my go-to’s for motivation. These are women who have gone after what they want in life and have been successful. They get interviewed all the time about how they became successful and it motivates me.
Light a candle.
This is super small, but for some reason just lighting a candle calms me and puts my head in a better space. I love vanilla candles the best and the combination of the the light flicker and the smell clears my mind. If I’m relaxed, I tend to get more work done better.
I have used these tips almost daily. Working from home/not working is definitely a test for motivation. It’s easy to stop being productive and just sit on the couch and watch tv instead of writing, cleaning or reading. These tips have helped me tremendously and I hope you take something away from this. And now, I’m off to keep checking things off my to-do list!
How do you motivate yourself? Any tips to share?