10 Ways To Improve Your Self-Motivation


I write this post with a dash of irony. I haven’t been as self-motivated as I should have been recently when it comes to creating content for this here blog. I’ve been tired, a lot, and didn’t really feel like blogging so tried to avoid forcing myself to do it.

But now, I’m sat here on my bed in my PJs, with a plaster across my nose because my new glasses are determined to be a challenge, and I’m brainstorming the steps I usually take to boost my self-motivation when I need it the most.

What’s a good brainstorm without turning it in to a listicle, huh?

Drink more tea, coffee or whatever else perks you up.

I’m not sure if this is good advice or terrible advice, but having a good cup of tea mid-afternoon when you hit that post-lunch slump is usually a winner for me. It warms my hands, my soul and my brain so that I can get on with the last few hours of the working day being productive AF. Top tip: Drink said beverage at around 3:30-4pm. That’s when it really hits the spot.

Become queen (or king) of lists.

I love a list, don’t you? A list to cross things off motivates me to keep going. I like to keep a list on a daily basis so I’m not tempted to say “oh, that can wait until tomorrow”. Y’know, unless it really *can* wait for tomorrow and it’s 8pm at night so it’s definitely time for Netflix and not writing up your new blog post. Not that I’m speaking from experience…

Reward yourself for your self-motivation.

Now I’m not talking about buying that Krispy Kreme because you managed to get dressed this morning. I’m talking treat yourself to a new notebook or pretty thing for ticking off that to do list. Us humans are driven by reward and gratification, so treat yoself! Sometimes. Not all of the time. Just when you *really* deserve it.

Leave that comfort zone at home.

This is something I really struggle with, particularly with my anxiety. Leaving your comfort zone can be genuinely terrifying, but it’s also awesome for self-motivation. To push yourself outside of the box you usually reside within makes you feel a teeny bit like a superhero when you’ve done it.

Watch cat videos or something.

It’s easier to be self-motivated when you’re happy, so if cat videos make you happy then make the time to watch them. Do something every day that makes you smile like an idiot – you’ll feel less lethargic and more enthusiastic.

Don’t take on too much.

We’re all guilty of trying to squeeze too much into our day – whether it’s trying to simultaneously complete several tasks at work, or stay on top of our Bloglovin feed, as soon as we take on too much work, it becomes harder to stay motivated. Take things one at a time.

Stop comparing to others, and start looking inwards.

You’re pretty awesome. Other people might seem awesome but they might not be. Motivate yourself by reminding yourself of how aces you are at what you do and who you are.

Scribble from time to time.

Even if you aren’t particularly artistic or creative, keep a notebook to hand for scribbling. Whether that’s taking notes, scratching down ideas or even just doodling. I find it helps me feel more “on top of things” to have a pen and paper handy!

Invent your own theme tune.

Just imagine, every time you enter a room that a theme tune plays. Make it uplifting and energetic. If you can’t come up with your own, I find the Pokemon theme tune does the job. I WANNA BE, THE VERY BEST, LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS….DUNDUNDUNDUNNNN….

Surround yourself with motivators.

Whilst you really want to be able to motivate yourself, it does help to have others around you that believe in you and can be your cheerleaders. Share what drives you with those closest to you – they’ll be on the sidelines with pompoms.



  1. July 15, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    This is such a great post, and it came along at just the right time for me as I have been feeling so unmotivated recently! x

    • Cat
      July 15, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you poppet! Glad to hear it was helpful 🙂 x

    • Cat
      July 24, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      thank you very much! 🙂 x

  2. August 10, 2016 / 9:42 am

    I LOVE the Pokemon reference – that’s gonna be stuck in my head all day now lol. I have days where I get shit done, and other days where I’d much prefer to lie in bed with crisps and Netflix. Even walking the dogs can be a mission to start, usually once I throw myself out of bed and get up I tend to enjoy whatever the task is. LISTS are the way forward, the satisfaction of ticking off a task and feeling like I’m progressing is worth it, and I mean pretty notepads help too!

    • Cat
      August 10, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Lol, such a great theme tune! I know exactly what you mean, there are some days where you just don’t want to do anything but veg and Netflix binge. Lists are sooo good for keeping you motivated! I have a daily list pad on my desk which when I remember to use it is very helpful! x

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