Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s really difficult to motivate yourself. The bed always feels more comfy when you wake up for work than it ever has when going to sleep. Mundane tasks like booking appointments and going to the post office aren’t often a great excuse to get out of bed.
Being quite a creative person I love to be busy and enjoy working on a number of different projects at a time, but self-motivating isn’t always easy. The reality is, you can’t always do what you want to be doing. That’s just life. But apart from the obvious – doing things that I enjoy or working in a job that excites me – there are a few things that help me to get my head in the game.
An obvious one! I absolutely love music and can always rely on it to help give me a bit of a nudge.
2. Look smart, feel smart, be smart
This is like my life motto lately. Over the past year or so I feel like I’ve not really bothered with my appearance at work or anything unless I had external meetings or trade shows. Then I’d get to my desk and wonder why I was demotivated. Looking shoddy means feeling shoddy. No thank you.
3. Matching hand and toe nails
Simple, yet effective. One of the things that makes me feel like I really have my sh*t together is having matching hands, toenails and lipstick. It’s so subtle that other people probably don’t even notice, but it makes me feel like a girl boss.
4. Lists, lists and more lists
I love a good list. I love stationery, planners, organisers, anything that I can make look pretty that helps me get myself sorted. I have lists for almost everything. I just find that it helps me to outline exactly what needs to be done, when, priotising everything so that it’s not overwhelming. Somebody once told me that our brains are like a fireplace: if you put too much on it, things will simply fall off. If you gradually remove things one by one, adding as you go, each thing gets dealt with. This always stuck with me. Rather than looking at everything and thinking good god I don’t know where to start, having a good idea of exactly what you need to do, how to do it, and what to start with, is a great way to make things a bit clearer.
5. Eat well and sleep well
Another simple one that makes a whole lot of difference. I never realised the importance of either of those things until my mental health was really suffering. Getting a good night’s sleep and eating enough to keep us going are so important to our wellbeing, yet things we underestimate. It just helps me to feel more ready for the day ahead.
It sounds obvious but I always forget. When I’m in a flap my boyfriend says to me why are you doing this? What is the reason for it? Why did you start in the first place? Really, this is at the centre of everything. If you can’t figure out why you’re doing something, how can you expect to be motivated to do it?
7. Set realistic goals to monitor your progress
I have quite an analytical side and I like to know the reasons behind things and why things happen, how they can be improved etc. Coming back to the why, it’s important to picture that end goal, remembering the place you want to get to and how you can get there. Being able to monitor your progress as you edge closer and closer to that end result will only encourage you.
8. Start the day right
It sounds so simple but I started having breakfast every day which made a huge difference to my mood and energy levels. Also, give yourself enough time to get ready at your own pace without rushing around. Allow yourself time to have a cup of tea and watch a bit of Lorraine or paint your nails before you go. You’ll feel a lot better for it.
9. Utilise resources to gain inspiration
This particularly relates to blogging for me. When I’m a bit stuck for ideas or having trouble writing, I almost always turn to Pinterest. I don’t actually use it for much else (I know, bad blogger). Reading people’s blogs are also a great way to get inspiration but there are two key rules here: (1) do not compare yourself to others and (2) do not copy. As someone who has been on the other end of this, it’s not ‘flattering’ and it’s not cool. It’s actually really disheartening.
10. Don’t pressure yourself.
You can’t be creative when you’re stressing.