Another weekend has come and gone and here I am on a Sunday night wondering what to write about for a Monday morning blog post. Most of the time when I sit down to write a blog post I know what I want to say already. Or at least have an idea. I also try to not make a habit of writing a post the night before. Last week, for example, I had all three posts scheduled and ready to go for the week by Sunday morning. Tonight is one of those rare nights where I feel unprepared. I’m asking myself “how did I get here?” Why was I so much more prepared last week? If I’m honest, it was a lack of motivation.
Does anyone else have a roller coaster relationship with motivation? I would say that most of the time I am very good at getting through my “to-do” list. I am a self-starter and someone who wants to be prepared. It gives me so much satisfaction to cross things off of my list. But over the past couple of days I just couldn’t motivate myself to start any of my to-do’s. I’m sure we all have days where we just don’t want to do anything that doesn’t involve lounging on the couch in the softest sweat pants ever and re-watching Friends. While I definitely think those days are necessary, it’s important to me to not fall into that routine.
So what do I do when I’ve lost my motivation? I try to take a few small steps to get myself back on track. The first is to make a list of priorities. I do this at work too. There are so many days when I feel overwhelmed with everything that I have to get done. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten from a co-worker is to make a list of only three things that I have to get done that day. Anything else that I accomplish above those three things is a bonus but not the goal. It’s important to set realistic expectations for yourself. If you keep adding things to an ongoing list, you never feel like you have accomplished anything. My list of priorities for tomorrow is to workout, wash the towels, and edit some photos.
Another way I get myself motivated again is to find someone to hold me accountable. That’s really what I’m doing with this blog post. Telling you that I have to get my butt into gear is really motivating because I feel like it’s some unbreakable vow. (10 points to you if you get that reference!)
Something else I do to keep motivated is to set alarms to keep myself on track. I can get distracted easily and if I’m not careful I could lose 20 minutes of my day just watching Instagram stories. Anyone else? So I set alarms on my phone for my tasks. I will set an alarm for the time that I need to wake up. Then one for when I need to be finished with my workout. Another one for my designated “social media” time, and so on.
Those are a few of my go-to ways to find my motivation and to stay on track. It can be hard to be motivated all of the time. Which is why it’s so important to take time to recharge. But now I feel ready to tackle a new week and I hope you feel motivated too! Happy Monday! xo Bryn
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