Doesn’t it seem like there is always so much to get done in a day and never enough time? I feel that way some days. And if you can’t get motivated to get things done, your list of things that have to get done gets longer and longer each day.
Finding motivation for some can be a real challenge.
If this is you, then you are going to want to keep these handy tips in mind to keep you going! But first, you need to understand what motivation is.
It is important to know what motivation is because, how are you expected to improve upon an issue if you don’t really know what it is?
Motivation is the willingness or the desire that you have, to do something.
For example, think about the list of things you have to do today. If you get going and knock out that whole list, you were motivated to get it done.
On the other hand, if today’s list has things to do from two weeks ago on it, then you aren’t that motivated to get it done.
The good news is you can help yourself get motivated. So, no matter how long the list, or how difficult the challenge, you will be able to tackle it!
Tips to Get You Motivated
There are numerous ways you can boost your motivation. You just need to find what works best for you.
And maybe you try a couple on this list and find they work really well. But I would keep this list handy because some tips will work better depending on what you are trying to be motivated to do.
I can’t tell you exactly what is going to work for what situation because what works for one person will be totally different for another. We are all different and approach things differently.
I know for me, to stay motivated on my blog I like to set goals. But when it comes to getting errands done, I stay more motivated with lists.
So, trial and error apply to finding what is right for you.
1. Set Goals
Setting goals for yourself is an excellent way to stay motivated. I love setting goals because I like the feeling I get when I crush a goal. I usually reserve my goals for things that take more time and energy.
When you set goals you what to visualize them. What is it that you ultimately want to achieve? This could be completing a course or degree, getting a promotion, or losing 25 pounds.
Whatever it is, you want to be able to imagine it, see that it is a possibility, and how good it will feel once you achieve it!
You also want to hand write your goals down. Studies have shown that handwriting has a stronger connection in our brains. We view it differently than typing because we are not physically forming the words.
Finally, you will want to set a time frame and make checkpoints for these goals. By doing this you can help ensure that you continue to progress on your goals. And reaching a checkpoint is like a small victory, which itself can help keep you motivated.
2. Make the Most of Your Time
Many people struggle in this area. For some, they may lack time management skills, while others just don’t realize what they could be doing with their time.
For example, on your drive to work what do you do? Most people listen to the radio. But what most don’t realize, is that you could be listening to an audio book. Either to relax or to learn something new.
Another example, I am a very punctual person, so I get to work a little early. While I wait to start work, I usually jot down ideas for my blogs, or a list of things I want to get done that night, or even a grocery list.
You would be amazed at what you can get done in a short amount of time.
And getting even small things done can really help you stay motivated.
3. Lists are Your Friend
Creating lists can make all the difference. It is one thing to think about your goals or what you would like to accomplish, and it is another to actually see them.
It is easy to forget things when you are just thinking about them without putting them down on paper. With a list, you can really plan what you are going to do. And even organize it in the order you want to work on them.
It also gives you the ability to check them off or cross them out once they are complete.
And that feeling of accomplishment when you are marking things off will help give you the motivation to keep crossing more off!
4. Stay Organized
You might be thinking how staying organized can keep you motivated. And it’s a good question.
Staying organized can help you so that you do not feel so cluttered and weighed down with so much. It also helps you to see a clear path as to what you are doing.
Just think about that for a moment. How motivated do you feel when you know you have a mountain of things to do? Or don’t even know where to begin with something?
I don’t know about you, but in those circumstances, I tend to want to put things off.
So, find whatever works for you to stay organized and it will give that motivation of yours an extra boost.
To learn more about organization, check you this post.
5. No Excuses
Don’t let yourself be sucked in by excuses!
It can be so easy to come up with reasons not to do something. You might be so good at excuses that even you believe them.
We have all done it. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is something you need to become consciously aware of.
When you stop making excuses to do something, it pushes you that much more to get it done.
So, make a vow right now to stop letting yourself do that, because in the end, you are really only hurting yourself.
6. Keep the Big Picture in Mind
Keeping the bigger picture in mind can really help you stay focused. Everything you do is helping you to get towards something.
This could be getting errands done during the week so you can have a relaxing weekend or taking that extra course to get a promotion.
I want to repeat that. Everything you do impacts different areas of your life, even in small ways.
To get motivated, think about those affects. They might not be immediate affects but what are they helping you get towards?
That big picture of getting you where you want to be is going to help keep you moving forward.
7. Vision Board
To help keep the bigger picture in mind, use a vision board.
A vision board is “a collage of pictures, text, and other items that represent and affirm one’s dreams and ambitions, created to help visualize and focus on one or more specific aspirations.”
Once you make your vision board, you place it in an area where you will see it frequently so you can remind yourself what it is you are working towards.
It might sound strange to think that just looking at pictures and words of what you truly want will help you get them, but amazingly, it works!
8. Don’t Procrastinate
I know this tip is obvious, but I feel it should be said. It goes along with not making excuses. Once you realize you are doing it, it is harder to just let yourself do it.
When you set aside time to do something, just do it. Don’t allow yourself to put it off or do something else first.
Once you get your procrastination under control, your motivation will start to flow.
9. Get Rid of Distractions
For some, it is so easy to get distracted.
Oh look, something shiny.
We have all seen someone like this and maybe that someone is you. It can really hinder your ability to stay motivated.
So, get rid of whatever distracts you. Turn your phone and the TV off. If the internet is sucking you in with all the adorable animal videos, turn that off too.
Change locations if necessary. Whatever you need to do to stay focused.
10. Stay Energized
Let’s be honest, when we are tired, we are not motivated to do much of anything. It’s hard to get your motivation going if you can’t even get yourself going.
When you feel energized you have a, “let’s do this” attitude.
To stay energized, make sure you get enough sleep and have a cup of coffee to give you an extra jolt if necessary.
11. Clear Your Mind
Clearing your mind is another great motivational booster. By clearing your mind, you are allowing yourself to release all of your current burdens and anything that is bothering you.
You essentially start with a clean slate. It puts you at ease and allows you to be more open.
Meditation, yoga, or even going for a walk are good ways to help you clear your mind.
12. Have No Fear
Fear is a huge motivational crusher. When you have a fear of not doing something right, not getting done on time, or of failing, you end to not even trying.
When you let go of your fears, you have no doubts about your abilities and what you can accomplish.
And that’s a great feeling!
Keep In Mind
Motivation is an important aspect for anyone to have. Life tends to get busier and busier. If you aren’t motivated to get things done, you tend to get lost in the shuffle.
Being motivated can help get you where you want to be in life.
Fortunately, we have covered many tips that can help you to stay motivated.
Setting goals, making lists, and getting organized can help you declutter your life. Keeping the bigger picture in mind and using a vision board will show you what you are working towards.
Get rid of your excuses and distractions, and don’t allow yourself to procrastinate. Stay energized, clear your mind, and let go of all your fears.
By utilizing each of these tips, you can significantly increase your motivation and take on anything that comes your way.
Note: If you are struggling to to stick to your workout routine, you can use these tricks along with the ones in 12 Tips to Make You Stick to Your Workout Routine.