We’ve all been there. Sitting there, staring at the wall waiting for motivation to slap us across the face so we can get moving. From the two years of working from home, I can tell you that motivation usually comes in two forms: and outside source (obligation) or from within. For those days we can’t muster up the motivation from within, we need to teach ourselves discipline.
Most of us have some sort of obligation that will yield consequences if we don’t get our shit together. Your job that’s waiting for you, your boss that’s breathing down your neck or your dogs judging you with their judgey eyes waiting for their breakfast.
But how do we start the things we want to do outside our obligations? Read on friends.
Here are 5 Methods To Improve Motivation
Make It Fun
Turn on all the lights, play some music, dance around the kitchen and do whatever you need to, to light that spark we all have inside us.
Or my personal favorite…talking to my dogs about the plans I have for the day. There’s just something that lights the fire under my butt when I tell someone I’m going to do something.
“Alright. It’s time. I’m going to kick today’s ass. I’m going to wash the dishes, do some cardio, work on my blog and add some listings to my Etsy. Cool?”
It just works, okay? Try it.
5 Minute Rule
Give whatever task you have five solid minutes of work. Pick up the house for just five minutes. Sit down at your computer and just write for five minutes. Put your workout clothes on and stretch for just five minutes.
Once your five minutes is up, decide from there if you’d like to continue or not. You may find yourself more MOTIVATED to keep going. See what I did there?
If you’re like me and get a surge of energy with a sniff of the great outdoors, then go outside and breathe it all in. Put on a coat and take a quick five minute walk around your house and look up at the sky.
Use those endorphins you get from the fresh air and put them to work!
Be careful with this one or you may start growing roots in your couch.
Accept that you feel unmotivated and that you don’t have to do anything at all. Give yourself a break for a minute and just stare off into the abyss with your cup of tea. Ponder the life you’ll have if you take up roots, right here and now.
Now, don’t you feel like you should do something with your day? If you give yourself permission to do nothing, you may feel motivation tingling in your toes.
But don’t get me wrong, I love doing nothing sometimes. But we’re not here to do nothing are we? We’re here because we want motivation!
Envision Your Best Self
What does she look like? How does she dress? Where does she live and what does she do for work? Write your answers down on a piece of paper.
Now make a rough list of what it takes to be that person. Does she wake up early and exercise? Does she write in the morning and craft in the evening? Does she prefer sweatpants or dress pants?
Make small changes in your life to be the person you WANT to be. Eventually you’ll be jumping out of bed in the morning to start your awesome life everyday.
As I’m writing this, I realize this topic merits an entire blog post. I’ll work on that later, agreed?
Feeling motivated? I hope so. Check in with me after you’ve kicked today’s ass.
Enjoy the day friends.