Wednesday, 9 September 2015

How to stay Motivated


Staying motivated is something that everyone at some point struggles with in life. Sometimes we just aren't in the right mind frame to be able to push ourselves and this isn't exactly surprising given all that life throws as us. So I decided to put together a post that may give a little assistance in staying motivated.





MAKING A CHANGE:

Okay, this one can be really difficult. To some people (me included), deciding to make a change in your life can be really hard to do. Sometimes it's just because you don't like to shake up the status quo or maybe just because you're worried about whether it's the right thing to do. In this case, I would encourage you to write a list of positives that will come from this change. Normally you would write pros and cons but just focusing on the positives that can come of you taking the plunge is what you want to do here.


If you were eying up a job which was a complete career change, listing the benefits of going for this job would help keep you in a positive frame of mind. Examples could be things like 'You'll be much happier' 'This job would allow you to learn different skills which would strengthen your CV.' Associating your decision with positivity will hopefully help you in making the leap to something you might otherwise find difficult.


GETTING SOMETHING DONE:

This could range from something as simple as having to clean your whole house or perhaps finishing an essay that just isn't getting done. Firstly, break whatever you have to do, down into sections. For the essay example, divide what you have to get done into chunks. This will make it a little easier to deal with as it won't look so big and scary to tackle. Sometimes, when we look at a job we need to get done as a whole, the large scale of it can often be the thing that puts us of starting it so reducing this helps.


Also allow yourself short breaks in between too as you are more likely to work better this way. I also think allowing yourself a little treat is a good motivation to actually wanting to get something done. Whether that being a chocolate bar or an episode of your favourite show on Netflix at the end of it. You'll find it's much more enjoyable when you've achieved something you needed to do!

STAYING ON TRACK:

You'd think that once you got going, it should be easy to keep it up. Wrong. If you are one of those people that don't need any encouragement on your journey, I applaud you! But for some of us it's a little more difficult. Being on a health kick starts off relatively easy, but it's when your in the middle that you start to slog and your enthusiasm can drop. Other people can be a great encouragement here. You could find a friend who is also aiming for a similar goal and use each other as support to keep going. Never under estimate the power of a friend. Or if that's not an option, perhaps join an exercise class which is both a great way to meet likeminded people and to keep yourself firmly in the zone.

Something as simple as a check list can also help you stay on track. Again with the breaking stuff down, creating smaller goals which work towards the greater good can be really useful. There is something really satisfying about ticking something off your list and this should give you the surge you need to move onto the next one.

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I hope this post has been of some used to some of you! Motivation isn't always easy to summon - or keep when you finally get it - but it is certainly useful! Good Luck!

Emily x

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  1. very great tips!

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  2. Great tips! x

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  3. Breaking things down in small sections is such a helpful tip, it really helps me a lot to get something started.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  4. We all need motivation sometimes and these are great tips. Thanks for sharing, Emily.

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  5. Loved this post a whole lot! Really needed it at the moment as well haha, getting started on a big project today - so thank you for the good vibes in this post :)

    P.S. That first photo made me laugh, the amount of times my to-do list says Revise EVERYTHING, or clean EVERYTHING :P

    Raashi
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    1. You are welcome Raashi, I hope it helps and look forward to hearing about your big project!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this motivational post.
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    Liza
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  7. I love this, I wrote a similar post a few months back. You're so right about breaking stuff down and taking small breaks, I can never tackle anything without a seriously dot pointed to do list haha!

    Emily | Emily Banks Creative

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  8. Great bits about how to stay motivated! Breaking down things is so important so as to not get overwhelmed. And is that your handwriting in the first picture?! It's so nice.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Couldn't agree more. And I wish! My writing is awful so I had to add in the text aha.

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  9. Great tips on staying motivated. Its very hard when sometimes things don't seem to be going your way

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Definitely, that's when it's hardest because it's so easy to just want to give in!

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  10. Lovely post. x It does get frustrating for me because I'm the world's biggest procrastinator.

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    1. I'm with you on that one! Procrastination is my biggest enemy!

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  11. Really great tips! I need one of these lists because I'm not good at staying motivated *sigh*

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    1. I wasn't either, but these have really helped me!

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  12. Loved this post,and lists are my life saviours, they really help me staying on track, I would be lost without them!

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  13. Me too - it's definitely an addiction!

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  14. Yes, breaking scary big tasks down into manageable to do list dot points to check off is the best!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  15. Great tips! I think breaking things down into smaller chunks really helps :)

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  16. I feel this is especially relevant to me at the moment. I have just started a much healthier & active approach to life and I am the worst at staying motivated! But rather than thinking of the result in 2 weeks or 3 months time, I am trying to take each day as it comes and keep focused on that :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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    1. That's a great idea! And maybe take photos each week to show yourself how far you have come! Best of luck!

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  17. You are so cute!!! Love the post!:)

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  18. Super useful tips, at the perfect time before term has begun;)

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  19. i need motivation and these are great tips..thanks for sharing, Emily.

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  20. Great tips! They Will defenitely help to stay motivated! :)
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  21. Great tips, I love having a list and crossing things off. It gives me such satisfaction X

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