Whoever you are, wherever you are in life. We could all use a little more motivation. So I’ve compiled a list to refer back to when times are tough and we’re finding it hard to push though. It’s a great idea to have a toolbox of tips under your belt that you can cultivate in your children too when they’re finding it tough.
1. Always have something to work towards.
Give yourself a passion project to work towards and break it down into bite sized pieces. Work on one or two a day and your goals will appear to be achieved almost automatically.
2. Schedule fun.
Schedule fun days into your diary months in advance and id say go as far as buying the tickets if its a costly event. When you’re feeling a bit crappy you can get up and go see what you have to look forward to I find this a great way to lift the mood especially when Its set in stone.
3. Drop the dead weight.
What’s your biggest distraction? What’s keeping you stuck and holding you back? What’s filling you with pain, negativity and anxiety? Work it out and find a way to drop it. If you can’t drop it fully and immediately find ways to distance yourself from it as soon as possible.
4. Keep a gratitude journal.
Write down the amazing things that happen in your life and the things you are grateful for. I find this another great way to stay in flow, when I lack motivation I turn to my journal. Whether I read it or write in it, it always serves to remind me of all the good that surrounds me.
5. Listen to motivational audios.
Cultivating a positive mindset is key to maintaining motivation. There’s nothing like a good motivational audio in the morning to help you hit the ground running. There are great ones on audible and there’s always YouTube if your in frugal mode right now. So there are no excuses not to get more positivity into your life that way.
6. Channel your emotions.
Life is a culmination of the ways we think and feel about things. We can use our emotions, positive and negative to spur us on. For example your love for your children can spur you on to do more, be more and have more and give more to inspire your children and give them better childhood memories. Likewise misery does a very good job of pinpointing life anomalies.
7. Discover your big why.
Whether you are motivated by your kids, your intrinsic yearning or your disgust for your current situation, keep it at the forefront of your mind and you’ll always have a reason to push through when everything seems tough.
8. Surround yourself with positivity.
No matter what your circumstances, it doesn’t take much to beautify your surroundings a little bit. Whether you paint the walls your favourite colour or hang some beautiful fabric it will help a lot in finding a little bit of beauty in your everyday life. And it’s not just about your environment. Surround yourself with beautiful people too. Pick your circle wisely.
9. Keep to a to-do list.
I can’t put into words the value of working from a to-do list. I don’t know what it is about ticking things off, but it makes me feel amazingly accomplished. It doesn’t have to be digital but I found an amazing free app called habits in the play store that I now use everyday and you’d be amazed at how quickly my productivity quadrupled.
10. Self love.
Make a habit of doing more for yourself. Set boundaries and stick to them. Do more of the things you love. Get a hobby. Dress to impress yourself. Appreciate your worth and value your efforts. Stop letting other people who don’t value and appreciate you take up your time and headspace. You can be awesome without spending all of your time trying to please everyone else. Prioritise pleasing yourself.
11. Celebrate your wins.
This one goes without saying. The more you celebrate and appreciate your wins, even the small ones, the more you will want to work towards wins. This doesn’t have to break the bank, you don’t even need to spend anything. Just find something you love to do and make it your little prize for a job well done.
That’s all I’ve got for now I will add to the list as I think of more ideas but for now I hope someone finds something useful within this post. Please comment below if you have anything to add and don’t forget to share with a friend that might need some motivation today.