Struggling to stay motivated after a long and lazy Easter weekend? Here are some handy hints to keep you going through the cooler months. (Disclaimer: This is mostly a letter to myself!)
Why is it important to do the thing?? Motivation sometimes escapes us all, but we’ve all got things that need to be done. You should write that essay so you don’t fail that class! You should probably wash your clothes so you can wear your favourite shirt again. And you should definitely write your blog because you promised once a month!
Make it known
If you are struggling to concentrate on your task, making those around you aware of what you have to do and why is useful. They will (generally) not actively distract you from your task and will probably keep reminding you to get off Facebook do the thing until you actually do it. If you make your goal to get fit / write a blog / learn a new skill even broader public knowledge then you may (if you are anything like me at least) feel a healthy sense of guilt spurring you on until you actually do it.
Break it down
Everything big can be made smaller. If you can break down your daunting task into more manageable pieces it won’t seem so scary! If you need to clean the house, start with one room. If even that seems hard, start with one surface – the kitchen table or whatever. Then once you do that, set your next target a little bigger. If you’re writing an essay, each paragraph is an accomplishment in itself.
Try to make whatever mundane task it is more enjoyable. Listen to your favourite tunes to make writing or cleaning easier (but don’t spend hours making a playlist!) If you’re doing something mindless but necessary like ironing, put your favourite show on to keep you going. If you try to enjoy it, you might find that the whole thing is not so hard after all.
Get your heart pumping
If you are really desperate for a break and a bit of extra inspiration, doing some physical activity will help keep your mind on the job. Sweating it out will often bring new ideas to mind, as well as boosting your endorphin levels, keeping you positive and motivated. (I have very rarely used this technique myself- although I am partial to a manic dance break on occasion. But it does work!)
But only after you’re done! Whether it’s I won’t ‘watch another episode’ or ‘eat anymore chocolate’ or even ‘pick up my phone’ until after you’re finished, it will work. Whilst this is essentially bribing yourself, a little bribery goes a long way sometimes! It will force you to do the thing and strengthen your willpower for next time. Annddd all that delayed gratification makes it all taste so much sweeter.
Just do it!
Starting the task is almost always the hardest part. If you just force yourself to begin the rest will flow. The words will come, the clothes will find their way home, and the rubbish will begin to disappear. Once you get over the initial struggle, the rest will follow –promise!
Now listen to Shia go do it!