How To Stay Motivated
Its hardly a secret that our lives are busy, and we juggle many roles in order to fulfil commitments and get tasks done. Sure, we have days where we just don’t feel like doing anything, yet we must. It’s times like these when we need to dig a little deeper to find our motivation to realize the goals we set ourselves.
So how then do most of us manage to stay motivated? I’ll list 5 simple, yet effective ways on how to stay motivated and get what you want:
Most things we do have several good intentions behind them and at the outset of a task we may not see all the good reasons for doing the task upfront. In situations such as these, take a few moments to analyse what needs doing and soon enough you’ll see the silver lining. Most tasks are easy to do as we’ve been doing them for such a long time – everything just come naturally to us.
But what do you do when there’s a few tasks to be done and you just can’t find your mojo to complete them?
Look at things from a different angle – some good reasons to get a task done would be:
Most of us don’t do tasks for free and there’s monetary gain by way of getting paid for the work or tasks we do. Do those tasks you’re avoiding first and get them out of the way. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief when it’s done!
Don’t forget the important aspect of personal gain – you’re never too old to learn anything and you were most likely apprehensive to do the task as you weren’t too clued up regarding what it entailed. That’s fine – be willing to learn though and better yourself. Chances are you’ll feel quite proud of yourself for having accomplished something you might’ve thought you couldn’t do.
Have Some Fun
When last have you had fun? Look, having a good attitude is important when it comes to being motivated. What one person finds enjoyable – another person will loathe. Why do you think that is? Because some people have learnt how to put a fun element in doing their tasks. We can’t be serious all the time and at times its alright to let your hair down a little and have fun.
I reckon by changing our attitudes we can have fun doing just about anything. If you look for ways to have fun, you’ll find them. If needs be, ask your children to give you some fun ideas – there’s no shortage of fun where kids are concerned. Loosen up a bit mum and dad!
Change Your Approach
When presented with a task that you’re not gelling with, take a moment to look at the big picture. Avoid, if you can, making a rash decision there and then about the task and adding more stress to the situation.
Sometimes doing everything by the book isn’t the best solution, nor the most motivating one. Personally, I find bouncing ideas off another person to be helpful as they’re not as immersed in the situation as I am and see things from a different perspective. It also doesn’t mean you’re giving up or being silly by asking someone to lend an ear. Being flexible in your approach to difficult tasks will allow you to see your accomplishments and be proud of them.
You’re Making Progress
All the tasks you’re working on can easily be split into smaller bite sized chunks. The reason for splitting tasks is that it makes it easier to track your progress and to stay motivated.
Learn to recognise your progress along the way and not just track it. By this I mean, tracking progress is merely taking a note of having reached a certain stage in your process. When you recognize your progress, you take time to look at the bigger picture and realize exactly where you are and how much you have left to do.
Its human nature to always want things to happen over the short term or all at once – and even though we split tasks into bite sized chunks, we don’t feel the satisfaction until all tasks are done and complete. Your motivation can sustain you in the long term if you take small steps.
We all like to be rewarded and rewarding yourself for a job well done is a powerful way to stay motivated.
At the beginning of a task, agree on some deliverables that will justify you rewarding yourself. As soon as you achieve the agreed result, take time to reward yourself. Some tasks might entail just taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes, whereas more complex tasks require bigger rewards such as a visit to a spa for a relaxing massage or that movie you’ve been putting off watching.
The more you reward yourself, the more motivated you’ll stay about reaching new milestones and accomplishing those dreaded tasks.
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius