It’s the second month of the year; are you still working hard towards your resolutions?
Personally, I think I’ve been doing well so far. I was in a rough patch last year, and I think I’m finally taking steps that will allow me to move forward. I know many of my readers and followers are in a similar place, so I thought that today, I’d share some tips on staying motivated and productive!
These tips aren’t very specific, so you can use them to help with any resolutions you may have. Maybe you’re trying to find a new career, write a book, or get fit. This post can honestly apply to any of those goals, so hopefully they can help you stay motivated this year!
Take a break.
What, a break? Breaks can seem like they won’t help with productivity, but they can help so much! Obviously this doesn’t mean pushing back your responsibilities day after day, but occasional breaks are essential to staying on the right track. They prevent you from overworking yourself, getting overwhelmed, and burning out. Breaks can also be beneficial when it comes to generating ideas. Sometimes taking a break and looking at an issue with fresh eyes is just what you need to solve a problem!
Here are some relaxing break ideas:
- Go outside and enjoy nature
- Grab lunch with a friend
- Cuddle time with your cat/dog
Some people probably thrive on chaos and having things unorganized, but personally, I love having things planned out and organized. This way, I know exactly what I should accomplish every day, and when I sit down to get to work, I know where everything is and do not have to waste time and energy scrambling around to find what I need. Clean and organized environments help me stay productive as well. Otherwise, I spend my time cleaning everything up instead of working.
Things that can help with organization:
- To-do lists
- Sticky notes
- Whiteboards/brainstorm boards
- Apps (like Evernote, Google Docs, etc)
Have a positive mindset.
I am more motivated when I have a positive and confident attitude. I know I can be driven by doubt and anxiety as well, but when I’m motivated by negative feelings, I feel like my work isn’t up to my standards; plus, there’s definitely a lot more breakdowns along the way. Instead, tell yourself ‘you CAN do this.’ I don’t know, accomplishing things is more fun and productive this way.
If you’re having trouble staying positive, try looking up some inspirational quotes and music. Or if you’re having a bad day, maybe it would be a good time to take one of those breaks I mentioned earlier so you can have time to be upset and take care of yourself.
Make a list of goals.
I try to make a variety of goals, including short-term and long-term ones. This way, I know what I’m trying to achieve and see how my actions get me closer to completing them. I think it’s important to make sure you have one major goal and then multiple minor ones that lead up to the big one. Then, you don’t have to feel unfulfilled the entire time you’re working towards a goal that takes more time and effort. I always feel like goals are more set once I write them down or talk about them, so feel free to do that too!
Set up a system to reward yourself whenever you reach another milestone. The rewards can be as small or as large as you want them to be, but you should space them out enough so you’re not rewarding yourself for doing something that didn’t require much work. It can also be effective to give yourself smaller rewards for taking steps towards your goal, and then one larger one once you actually achieve it!
Here are a few reward ideas:
- Coffee from your favorite cafe
- New outfit
- Trip to the library