Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Tips For Getting Your Motivation Back

I don't know why, but I've seriously lost my motivation lately. Watching Gossip Girl on the sofa all day in my pyjamas, with no make up on has definitely started to seem a lot more appealing than ticking things off my to do list or going to the gym, for example. But as much as I enjoy doing nothing and being lazy every now and again, I know it's time to step away from the sofa and get shit done. Here's a few ways I'll be attempting to get my motivation back, in case anyone else is feeling the same...

1) Make lists
I do love a good list. If I've got loads to do and really just don't want to get started on it, then the best way to begin is with a list, I think. This way, you can summarise everything you need to do and then begin to make your way through it. You got this, gurl.

2) Split tasks into manageable chunks
There's nothing worse than leaving yourself with an hour to get something of importance done and basically spending 50 minutes flapping and the remaining 10 minutes rushing the task. I find it's much better to divide your time wisely (if you can of course!) and not leave everything to the last minute. This equals less stress and probably better results.

3) Set realistic goals
Although it's good to aim high, we've also got to be realistic. I really do think that people can achieve whatever they want if they put their minds to it but it's key to remember that this takes TIME. Realistically, I'm not going to get Gigi Hadid's bod in a week and I'm probably not going to become a millionaire overnight (unless I win the lottery, obvs). The main things I need motivation with at the moment is exercise and saving money. So, I've set myself realistic goals. I've started going to the gym two/three times a week for a 45 minute session each time and I'll eventually work that up as I get more settled into the routine and my body adapts to the exercise. The same goes for saving. I'm doing the 365 (or 366 this year!) day savings challenge. This means you save 1p on the 1st Jan, 2p on the 2nd Jan and then the 1st of Feb would be 32p (because it's the 32nd day of the year) and so on. The amount you put in each day will constantly increase but the most you'll ever put in is £3.66 (on the 31st of Dec) - and you end up with just under £700 at the end of 2016 if you stick to it! Which I'm planning on putting towards a New York trip, eek.

4) Get back into a routine
I think one of the main reasons I've been unmotivated lately is due to the fact that I don't really have a set routine at the moment. Although I quite like working different shifts each day, rather than just doing a 9-5 Monday-Friday, it does make it a little harder to make time for other things and, although having lie-ins throughout the week can be a God send sometimes, it can also make you seriously lazy! So, I'm making sure that even on days where I start late, I get up at a reasonable time and get things done in the morning rather than waiting til the evening when I know I won't be arsed. Obviously it's nice to break free from routine every now and again so on a Sunday I'll lay in til 2pm if I feel like it but, other than that, I'd much rather get up and get shit done!

5) Reward yourself
Basically, any excuse to treat yoself. Burned 500 cals at the gym? Have a tasty, filling meal. Got that job promotion you've been wanting for months? Go out for cocktails! Earned a nice little bonus this month? Buy a new lipstick! You get the gist. Knowing what all your hard work and effort can lead to is always a big push to carry on, I think.

Do you have any tips on getting motivated?

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