I am awful at motivating myself, to be honest, I could quite easily sit on my butt all day look at the time its 9pm and I haven’t done anything all day. I am always looking for someone else to motivate me and to get me to do something when in reality the only person who will ever help you get anything done, is yourself. You have to be the one to get yourself up in the morning, go to work, work out, get today’s tasks over and done with. I have written below just a few things I do that help me get motivated.
1. Take breaks
Give yourself a little bit of time between tasks to just scroll through social media play a pointless game on your phone, have a cup of tea or a snack let yourself have that time to unwind a little. You just have to know when to stop. If I sit staring at a task for too long I will never progress because I’ve sat and overthought it and eventually my mind drifts off I get up, leave and don’t come back for a week. As soon as you feel yourself losing focus just reset yourself, take a minute do something to help refocus your mind try breathing exercises, just stretch for a minute walk around, stroke your dog, go in the garden and get some fresh air, drink some water, however you feel is the best way to just push that restart button on your brain so you can refocus at the task at hand.
2. Reward yourself
When you succeed reward yourself! Obviously depending on what you have achieved has effects on the reward. If I work out for the day I let myself relax for a while. If I finish writing a blog post or finish a section of work that I’ve been struggling with for a while I reward myself by eating a snack I’ve been craving or by going to see a friend or something to let your mind relax and associate the end result with positive outcomes.
3. Just get started.
It’s the same as everything the first time you do something it’s terrifying and you don’t want to do it but once you get into it it just flows naturally and you find it easier to do as you keep going. If you struggle to just throw yourself in start with small tasks and work your way up like tidy your desk before you start work or organise the space around you so you are ready to begin.
4. Remind yourself on why you are doing this
Often I procrastinate with working out at home so I find when I am filming myself I find it way easier as I know that it is going out to help people improve themselves. I also remind myself that I’m doing it because I want to improve myself and I know that once I have finished it I will feel better about myself. If it’s for work remember who it is your helping and how this will benefit them. If you need to save up money remember why. Etc. everyone has their own individual reasons why they do what they do but whatever it is it’s worth it!
5. Mix things up
Try something new. It’s like when you’re training if you do the same workouts every day not only will you not see any improvements unless you change it up you will get so so bored of doing the same thing over and over. Add things in work in a new space. Write in a new font or with a new pen (yes things like that actually do refocus my mind weird I know) whatever works for you and help keep things interesting therefore keeping your mind focused on the task at hand.
At the end of the day, motivation can only come from you. You’re reading this so definitely have the ability to motivate yourself! you just need to find what works for you, everyone functions differently my advice is to keep things fun, don’t tire yourself out with unbearable amounts of work and effort and reward yourself.