Some of you may have read my recent post all about self-improvement. If you haven’t, you can catch that here. Today, I want to talk about motivation though, which I’ve blogged briefly about before in my post about staying motivated when working from home.
Motivation can be really tough to muster, and I find it only gets tougher at this time of year because it’s cold, wet and just generally difficult to have that “get up and go” attitude. Whether you need to be motivated to work, exercise, eat healthier or whatever, I thought I’d put together a few tips that could help.
I find I am most motivated for a day when I go to bed early. I’m more refreshed when the dreaded alarm sounds, and I don’t have anywhere near as large of an afternoon slump. Sleeping more at night also discourages you from those cheeky afternoon naps that we’re all guilty of once in a while. As delightful as those naps are, they’re also evil because they zap your precious daytime away!
Eat and drink better
Even if your specific goal isn’t to be healthier, eating healthier foods can really help give you the necessary energy boost to get more motivated. To avoid feeling heavy and tired in the afternoon, try reducing, or avoiding carb-heavy lunches. Make sure you still eat a decent amount of food though, as getting hungry is the ultimate motivation-zapper!
Water is also brill for keeping you alert, especially with some ice as it’s really refreshing. I also find having a cup of tea to be brilliant in the morning, or late afternoon towards the end of the working day. Make sure that caffeine is being used as a boost, and not entirely fuelling your energy levels as you’re bound to crash!
I love a good plan, and I try my best to stick to it. Whether you’re an app-fan, or partial to the traditional pen and paper, make checklists so you have the satisfaction of ticking them off. I try not to ‘cross’ things off my list as I like a record of everything (pedantic, over here), and I like to keep it all in one place.
If motivation is the fire, goals are the fuel. It’s much easier to get motivated if you have an end-goal in mind. Don’t be afraid to also set ‘sub goals’ along the way to keep you going. For example, I’m currently trying to lose some weight, my end goal being around 1 stone. But week by week I set mini goals of how many pounds I’d like to lose that week. If I don’t hit one ‘sub goal’, I keep pushing forward to reach it the following week.
What are your best tips for getting, and staying motivated?