We all have lists of to do's and things that need to get done in life but sometimes things can seem overwhelming. Sometimes we can feel there is so much we want to get done but never quite get around to the doing part. It can feel like you are stuck in a rut unable to get yourself motivated to get things done.
In today's world there are so many distractions and life is so busy that it can be a challenge to stay on track. I have put together some tips that can help you get going again and motivate you to get out of the rut!
Life shouldn't be hard and sometimes we are too hard on ourselves to the point that we just give up on getting things done. If your are feeling stuck and need some motivation to get you going again this post is for you! :)
Making lists are a very good way of helping you to collect your thoughts and let you see what and how much you have to do.
I recommend that you keep a list each week of things that you want to get done that week and check it throughout the week to make sure you stay on track. You need to be realistic though, if you have unrealistic lists and you place high expectations on yourself you will only add to you stress.
You need to start each week with a list of just a few things that you want to achieve by the end of the week. When you make a shorter list you collect your thoughts and increase your chances of succeeding in completing your tasks by the end of the week.
2. Catch Yourself Procrastinating and Redirect Yourself
We are all guilty of this, some more than others. Times management is crucial when trying to get yourself going again and out of the rut. Be aware of what your are doing on a daily basis and keep yourself on track. Being mindful of your time and stop yourself taking that ten minute break to check your phone that then ends up in you scrolling social media on your phone for an hour.
Make a deal with yourself that you can watch 1 episode of your favorite television show and then you will get yourself off the sofa and complete 2 more tasks that are on your list before you sit down again to watch more.
We all have time that is wasted each day procrastinating when we could be completing tasks on the list. Find where you are losing time and put yourself back on task.
3. Keeping Your Motivation Up
When you keep your motivation up you feel better about yourself and how you are doing in life. When your motivation is low we start to feel down and feel like things are getting on top of us hence we feel like we are not coping and we lose the motivation to complete our tasks.
Putting things off week after week only demotivates us further so go easy on yourself and support yourself as opposed to beating yourself up about all your failures.
Concentrate on the things that are going well in your life and tell yourself that you will tackle the things that are not going so good one by one.
Be aware of how to talk to yourself. Are you kind, encouraging and supportive to yourself or are you harsh, mean and critical to yourself? Most people are not aware of how hard they are being to themselves until they start to listen to their self-talk, I mean really listen.
Negative self-talk only demoralizes you and demotivates you leading you to feel even worse, this in turn demotivates you and makes you feel unworthy. Set lower expectations for yourself and when you complete them it will boost your motivation and keep you going, helping you to get out of that rut and keep you going.
4. PLAN EACH DAY
Each evening in your head work out what you are going to do that next day and in what order you are going to complete tasks, I recommend that you take the hardest or most disliked task you have for that day and complete it first. The buzz of getting that done will keep you motivated to complete the other less hard or disliked tasks.
when you are planning for the next day, make sure that you don't overload yourself and prioritize your tasks in order of importance. This ensures that you meet your goals for that day and you will end that day with a sense of satisfaction which ensures that the next day and day after will go as planned too.