In the past few weeks, I have found myself losing a lot of motivation. Motivation at work, being able to stay on top of daily errands, running this blog, running a business and creating content constantly. I am currently feeling better and it’s because I had to do what was best for me and try to access the situation. I came to the conclusion that oftentimes it’s better to take a pause and try to access and understand the season we are in. We might not be motivated because we keep doing the same things over and again or we need a change of thinking, environment. It’s totally understandable and we shouldn’t blame ourselves for it.
I discovered five ways that have helped and are still helping get back on track;
1. Write a To-do list.
Hmmmmmmn….you definitely saw this one coming. This is an effective time management tool that helps cut down procrastination. Writing what you have to do per week or day actually brings those items on your list to reality and which keeps you focused on the task at hand.
“Then the LORD answered me and said, “Write the vision And engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets So that the one who reads it will run.” – HABAKKUK 2:2 AMP
2. Define your Outcomes.
Do you remember these questions in the book turned movie THINK LIKE A MAN by STEVE HARVEY – “What are your short term and long term goals?”. Which helped the various couples know if each other had a future. It’s the same thing; no one ever arrives at a place they cannot see.
If you don’t know where you are going to, you are on a road to confusion and frustration
This would make you lose motivation in the long run. Define your goals, daily or weekly, short term or long term and run with it.
3. Wake up earlier.
Stop hitting the snooze on your alarm!!! Studies actually show that early risers are more productive throughout the day and I can testify to that. I found out that waking up earlier than my usual time helped me stay upbeat practically throughout the day because I would set my day in order way before the distractions of the day set in.
4. Take more breaks.
Stop over working yourself because you run the risk of burning yourself out. Keep your mind healthy and refreshed with regular breaks and fresh air. What I have begun to do everyday is on my commute to and from work, i don’t touch my phone or go on social media unless when necessary, I try to relax and get in touch with my feelings and mind (I think people call this mindfulness). Sometimes I intentionally stay of social media and pick up a book to read or just listen to music.
5. Reward yourself.
You should be your own motivation! Take some time out to do what makes you happy, treat yourself to a big lunch, get that shoe, do whatever makes you rejuvenated (so far it’s legal). Sometimes you might not have to buy something. Just do let yourself go unappreciated.
How do you stay motivated? Any secrets? Do tell!
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