It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting warmer and life seems to be in full swing. It’s easy to push off the not-so-fun stuff, but there’s no better day than today!
Motivation is a huge part of our lives, it keeps us inspired and without it nothing would ever get done. The best way to get motivated is to incorporate things that you genuinely enjoy doing. Below I have put together a list of ways to get out of the slump most of us are in. Be sure to click the Pinterest link at the bottom for a full board of everything I have talked about!
Here are some easy tips to get you up and motivated:
Setting short term (12 months or less) and long term (one year or more) SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timely) goals will help keep everything in perspective. Writing these goals on sticky notes and sticking them on your mirror will reinforce every morning what those goals are and drive you to take action.
Create a Routine
Having a few set things you do each day reduces both stress and procrastination. If you know there are things that need to be done today specifically, they will not be pushed off. Once the routine is created, those tasks won’t seem like tasks at all!
Sleep is a MUST! To function each day we must be rested. This means getting between 7-9 hours each night (without naps) and reaching REM sleep. ZenHabits.net says that without sleep, we fail at changing habits because we lack motivation. You know exactly what I mean, we have all been there. If you have trouble sleeping, here are some tricks:
Download the app SHHH
Meditate for 10 minutes before bed
PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN (30 minutes before getting in bed)
Make a to-do list (this stops those wandering thoughts and relieves stress)
Seriously, get up. Do this the first time the alarm goes off. No snoozing, no “just five more minutes”. Set your phone or alarm across the room so you must get up to turn it off. The golden rule is this: starting your day with a positive outlook increases the chance of your day ending the same way. To do this it is essential that you start your day with something you like. It could be as small as planning what you’ll get at Starbucks the next morning. If you have something to look forward to you’ll hop right out of bed.
When you reach a goal, treat yourself! Everyone makes mistakes and that’s okay, but find a way to show yourself that your work has paid off. If you went to the gym 4 times this week and hit your goal, congrats! Now go treat yourself to some ice cream.
Learn to Say NO
Understand that sometimes to achieve our goals we have to say no to things that may get in the way. If your goal is to study during the week and only go out on the weekends, learn to say no when your friends insist that Wednesday karaoke is the best move tonight.
Reinforce Positive Thinking
“You’re doing amazing sweetie”. Never forget that small victories are still victories! It is easy to be hard on yourself and get down when things don’t work out the way you want them to. Use Pinterest to find some inspirational quotes and plaster them everywhere. Never let yourself forget about the progress you have made.
We have all felt that amazing feeling after a yoga class or a run when our soul feels woke. We feel ready to take on the day and conquer the world. Being active for even just 20 minutes a day decreases depression and increases motivation. There is no excuse, to prove it I’ve provided some at home work out apps:
- Daily Workouts
- 7 Minute Workout Challenge
- Charity Miles
Finally, keeping a journal is a great way to stay motivated. You can reflect on your successes and where you need improvement. You can spill your guts on the paper and release some built up tension. This allows you to move on and start tomorrow off to a great start- working towards your goals!
Tools to get you started: