Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderful weekend so far. (Sorry I have been MIA this week, life got the best of me). Today we are going to talk about motivation and how to stay motivated. Over the last week or so I have been finding it really hard to write regularly on my blog. It’s so easy to write on the weekend when I don’t have much going on, but I find it very hard to push the “Publish” button during the week. I’ve been working hard on keeping myself motivated and moving forward, so I thought I’d share my tips and tricks with you all. Whether you’re working on your side hustle, studying for a big test, or trying to stay focused at work these tips will apply to you. So lets get to the real reason you’re here, how I keep myself motivated:
1. Make a schedule and stick to it!
Make sure you schedule your time. By doing this it will be so much easier to stay on top on your “to-do list”. Go and buy yourself a cute day planner (or print off a free template, there are lots on Pinterest), and every weekend write down what you want to accomplish that week and when you want to have it done by. Writing it down can help you keep yourself accountable.
2. Be organized and honest with yourself
This goes hand in hand with #1. When you are making your schedule for the week it is important to lay it out in an organized way. If you’re a fellow blogger try organizing your Blog and Instagram posts ahead of time, using an app like Preview can be a huge help for this. The app lets you prewrite your captions and hashtags, so when the time comes you can just hit “post” and be on your way! When I say be honest with yourself I mean be honest about how much time you’ll really need for each task. Instead of overloading yourself with tasks each day, give yourself one or two things to do a day. That way you won’t fail to meet your goals on time and feel discouraged.
3. Treat it like a full time job
Whether you’re studying, or trying to write a new blog post treat it like a job. Doing this will help keep you on track and from getting distracted. So if you wouldn’t be scrolling through Instagram or Facebook at work, don’t do it well your studying/writing! Personally this strategy works wonders. I find that when I start to notice that I am getting distracted and not focusing I pretend I’m at work. Which leads into my next tip.
4. Work like your boss is in the room
Maybe this is just me, but I’ve noticed that I always work harder when my boss is in the room (not to say that I slack off when he isn’t there). I’ve noticed that its a lot easier to focus on the task in front of me when I pretend my boss is at the office (even if he isn’t). Not too sure what kind of psychological trick this is but it seems to work well! If you’re a student this tip can still apply to you, just study/work like your teacher or professor is standing near you. Finally, if you are unemployed and don’t have a boss or teacher use your imagination! This imaginary person can be whoever motivates you: mentor, spouse, business partner, children and so on.
5. Make a “Hustle” playlist of songs that motivate you
This may not seem like much but the right playlist can make all the difference! So grab your headphones and start making a playlist of songs that make you feel like a CEO/ professional writer/ smartest person in the room and blast them well you work towards your goals.
What are some of your tips for staying motivated? Share them in the comments below! 😊