1. MAKE YOUR BED
Making your bed is such a simple, quick, easy task that will set the tone for the rest of your day. You will feel accomplished, which will push you to want to accomplish more tasks. This will create a snowball effect for a productive day!! Also, making your bed will keep you out of it. If you are someone who gets “stuck” in bed, watching Netflix and procrastinating, a freshly made bed will entice you to keep it nice and clean. And if all else fails and it is just not your day, at least you get to come home to a comfy, cozy, put together bed that you made. At least you can say you accomplished something. Remember that it is just a bad day, not a bad life. Allow yourself to have the occasional bad day; take a nap, watch Netflix, eat sweets, or take a break from exercising, but come back strong and rejuvenated for tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new day.
2. CREATE A MOTIVATING SPACE
Dream/vision boards are such a great way to refocus your mind when you feel frustrated or unmotivated. Vision boards can be wall decor or a collage on your planner, of aspirations and goals. This will remind yourself why you need to keep working hard and moving forward. I wrote an entire blog post on vision boards and how I made mine that you can check out here!!: The HYPE about VISION boards
I also suggest creating a separate, designated work space. This way, whenever you are at your desk, gym, studio, etc. you will be in an energized space and know it is time to put in work. Make this an airplane mode space with few distractions. I don’t recommend doing work in bed or on the couch, that is only teasing yourself to take a nap or watch Netflix instead.
3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE YOU WANT TO BE LIKE
If you are looking around and cannot find someone who’s life you want, you’re probably surrounding yourself with the wrong people. You should be inspired by your social group. They should push you to be better. You should want to be more like them. I used to be in a world of partiers, which promoted laziness and instant gratification. It is difficult to leave a friend group behind. There is a fear of being lonely and missing out, but once I was set free from a toxic environment, doors began to open. Doors I never even imagined. My friends now, build me up and empower me. They give me compliments; they do not talk behind my back or make me feel less than.
4. SET GOALS AND REWARDS
To do lists are everything!! I have one big list of tasks I have no deadline for. I then schedule each to do into the Reminders app calendar. You can set a date and time for each task. You can even create a repeat setting on specific days, for things like exercising, laundry, meal prepping, posting a blog post, etc.
Enticing yourself with small rewards will give you reasons to keep going! It is important to celebrate the little things and accomplishments on the way to achieving your big dreams and overall life goals. Checking off to dos by itself gives a great sense of accomplishment and pride, but some things need a little extra push. I like to promise myself a day off out of every week and allow myself to watch a show each night if I exercise that day. I spoil myself with an at home spa night every Sunday (nails, hair treatment, whiten teeth, bath bomb) after I do laundry, clean, do dishes, etc. I also have a slight sick obsession with Youtube… I control this addiction and use it to my advantage by only letting myself enjoy 1 video for every blog post I write. The rewards don’t have to be huge, but enough to keep you going!!
Hearing from you: What are some tips you have to staying motivated and focused on your dreams?