As a student, I always struggled, and still do, in keeping myself feeling motivated. This doesn’t necessarily mean in relation to school (although, that is a main issue), but also in work, being productive at home, eating healthy and exercising (Yes, I said it and I’m sorry.) Since last year, I have been determined not to let myself feel crappy about sitting doing nothing all evening when I could have been doing something productive. That is also why I picked up blogging as a hobby; for the times I am sitting in the evening bored out of my wits and in need of something to do. I’ve put together a few tips on how to keep yourself motivated and in which I find to be the most successful – whether or not they are for you, who knows? You can only try!
1. Get a reasonable amount of sleep
When I started secondary school, I was the worlds worst for staying up until 3am and then waking up at 6:30am the next day and feeling awful. I lacked concentration and would constantly come home from school and sleep. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I started part-time work and exams that I physically couldn’t do that anymore. I would be exhausted. So, I started going to bed earlier and waking up so much better. No, that’s not saying I wake up smiling at the sound of my alarm, pull open my curtains in joy and stick my head out of the window to embrace the sound of the birds (..seagulls) in the morning. I still want the extra 5 minutes in bed, but I just don’t need them. If you get into a cycle of going to bed at a reasonable time then it soon becomes the norm. Give yourself 8-9 hours sleep and you’ll feel a lot better and ready to get things that need to be done completed.
2. Make a list.
Because there is nothing more satisfying than scoring out or ticking something on a to-do list. I know it’s not only me. Plan out what you need to get done, and prioritise them to the most important at the top to the least. You can even plan how long to spend on each and work out a schedule, making sure to include breaks between. Organising what I need to get done and having it clearly in front of me helps me have the extra drive to actually go and start it.
3. Reward yourself
Having something to look forward to at the end of a task makes completing it a lot more worth it. After you’ve finished a checkpoint, take time out to reward yourself. An idea I saw pop up somewhere was reward yourself with a chocolate bar after every task. That may not be the healthiest advice to give, but it sounds pretty motivating to me…
4. Keep your phone away!
I have a bad habit of finishing part of a task and telling myself “I’ll just check through my phone as a little break”. Two hours, 12 YouTube videos and a few cups of coffee later and I’m still a quarter way through a task with nothing scored off my to-do list and not enough time left to do it all. I would advise to keep your phone away when doing any work that needs to be completed. Give yourself a 10-15 minute break every 50 minutes for your checkups or video watching, but make sure you leave your phone out of the room and keep to a schedule.
5. Remind yourself of the positives
Any task you complete, you’re doing it for a reason. You will receive some kind of outcome when completing it so keep reminding yourself of it! Whether it’s the satisfaction of having the rest of the weekend to chill afterwards or just the pride in saying “I’ve done it”, you are gaining something from it so use that to keep yourself motivated.
Those are my five top tips for keeping yourself motivated! Everyone is different, and there are many other approaches to keep your mind set on your goals so these may not work for you. But something out there does – just find it! Stay healthy, don’t over work and be positive. Whatever you have to be doing right now can be done.
“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.”
Until next time…
~ K x