Hello lovely people of the Internet.
How are we all?
I’m currently sat here typing up this post in a coffee shop, not knowing exactly what the rest of day will bring, but one thing for certain is that I want it to be productive.
As we all may have noticed, productivity and motivation comes and it goes and sometimes it’s blimmin’ well hard to get back, right?
Finding your own motivation can prove to be so difficult when you’re really not in the mood, cant it? Trying to get things done when you feel a bit meh is never fun. But thankfully I’ve found a few ways to tackle that meh feeling right down to the ground and so far, a few simple steps work for me every time.
Over the weekend I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and decided to spend a whole day sleeping, eating, sleeping, drinking tea, eating – you get the idea. Those kinda days is what I live for when I’ve been SO busy I haven’t had a chance to stop. But if my week has been somewhat okay and not too demanding, then I like my days (whether or not its the weekend) to be fun-filled and productive.
I didn’t let this ‘feeling sorry for myself’ ride out for too long because do you know what I hate, an unproductive Monday that spirals into an unproductive week. So I decided to give myself a kick up the butt, down to town, grab some coffee and get some stuff done.
Since graduating from University and still working my part-time job, the day time always holds something different. Not much happens unless I make it basically. Don’t get me wrong, I love the time off and freedom I have BUT I’m not the sort of girl who will willingly laze around all day and not get anything done, I just can’t do it.
So, if you’re the same, I hope this post will give you a little push if you’re finding it hard to motivate yourself.
If my day holds 0 plans, I know that one thing I need to do is something productive. As I say, I’m not one to sit in all day on the sofa binge watching Netflix (I leave those things till the weekends). I’m the sort of person that needs to get into bed at night happy with everything I’ve managed to get done.
Therefore, first up is a daily checklist. I recently bought myself a weekly planner from Sainsburys. No word of a lie, this little guy has saved me a lot. I sit it on my desk at home and it doesn’t move. This way it stares me straight in the face every time I sit at my desk and means I’m always reminded of what I need to do.
It breaks down the week by days and you tick off the list after every day you complete. I tell you, those little ticks are oh so satisfying.
Some days it can be full with little errands that need to be done. Some days it’s taking blogging pictures and some taken up by other things. It’s my reminder to get stuff done.
Also, Sainsburys stationary are really killing it right now.
I’m being honest with you saying that not everyday is easily productive or practical. Some days I try not to even look at my list at all and try and hide away. Those days where I have no motivation to do much at all are those I find myself a new space. When boredom overwhelms me I get incredibly frustrated. I’m sure many of you understand.
Take today for example, I’ve found myself a coffee shop, drinking a coffee and nibbling away on some sweet treats – I hardly ever go to town to do just that. I usually sit at my desk at home to do work (sipping on coffee or tea there to). But for some reason I just couldn’t focus today, so I took myself down to town and set up my laptop there and IT WORKED. I’m definitely doing this more often.
I set up my new ‘office space’ at home to get a new work environment and it really does the trick when I need to focus. If you feel uninspired in your setting every so often, try going elsewhere and see how much more you focus.
No matter the season, us humans find some way to try and procrastinate. For me, the summer is a time where I lose a bit of ‘work life’ motivation but only when the sun is out – so not very often this year (not quite sure whether to see that as a negative or a positive, I’ll go with the latter).
To make the most of my productivity I follow what the weather is doing and work around it. I’m one of those people that HAS to be outside if the sunshine is out. Even to go for a walk or take my work outside, I love being outside when the weather is nice. You’ve gotta make the most of it haven’t you? So my tip is to make the most of the weather situation.
If you love the sunshine like me and find it hard to be inside then take your work outside. Sit in the garden and take your laptop, your books, whatever it is you need to be productive.
Alternatively, if it’s wet and miserable outside I’ll cosy up in some comfies (slippers and sweats all the way) and will set up my little desk space. As annoying at the British weather is, don’t let it get in your way!
There you have it, my tips that have really helped me along the way when I’m in a meh mood and struggling to find some motivation. A few simple things really make the world of difference I tell you!
What are your favourite ways to get yourself motivated?
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