One thing about me you might not know is that I have been working full time for only 3 years. No school means I miss summer vacation where I get a whole 3 months to recharge. So sometimes self motivation to get me to the next vacation is something I need on a regular basis. Today I’m sharing these 6 easy ways to stay motivated that have worked for me. And I hope you find something useful from this list, working full time or still in school. Bookmark this post (or pin it) for when in need.
1. Change your work/study environment
If you have always worked or studied at your desk or in your room, try switching it up. Find a local coffee shop, your public library, maybe the club house at your apartment complex. When I was in college, I loved going to coffee shops with my study buddies. We would pull an all nighter with a new cup of coffee every couple hours. The thought of smelling freshly ground coffee and listening to the coffee house music actually made me excited to study. So if you always work at home, don’t be afraid to stop by a local coffee shop every once in a while. You might even get addicted.
2. Personalize your items
Whether it be getting a cute planner with your initials on it, or getting a phone case with your favorite quote. Making your space and items personalized will make you love looking at it and enjoy using it, aka more productive time. I recently got this marble phone case and a matching marble iPad skin both from Case App (20% off with code WITHLOVE20), since I’ve been on such a marble kick lately. The new phone case and tablet skin make me feel like I just got new devices. And who doesn’t work better on new devices?
3. Try a different schedule
If you always work late nights and haven’t tried waking up early, you’ll never know you could be a morning person. If you always work early morning and don’t try staying up late, you might not know you’re a night owl. I hate waking up early, but recently just discovered that I’m more productive early in the morning, weird right? So I try to get up earlier and get into the habit. If you try your new schedule and see no results, you can always go back to the old one. But I suggest you give it a try, because as weird as it sounds, your body may work differently in different stages of your life.
4. Make a to-do list
Nothing satisfies me more than crossing items off a to-do list. I’m old schooled but it’s so much better to do it with paper and pen, rather than on an electronic device. To-do lists make me feel organized and give me a sense of productivity when things are getting crossed off. Every morning before I start my day, I make a list of what I need to get done, sometimes even number them by priority. AND I go beyond that and write down a time estimate of each item so I have an idea of how the day is going progress, at approx what time I will get which item done etc.
5. Read, watch, listen
When nothing really works, take a break. Read a book, watch a movie, go for a walk, listen to music, or just lay there on the floor and stare at thin air. Let inspiration come to you or not come to you, it doesn’t matter. What matters is sometimes your brain needs to shut off a little bit to allow room for new creativity to come later. My favorite thing to do when I feel busy and stressed is to lay in my hammock with soft music on, and stare at the mountains from our patio. It does wonders.
6. Send yourself encouraging messages
“You are gold, baby. Solid gold.”
“You are the stars, you are the galaxy.”
“You look like a million bucks.”
Write in on sticky notes and place it all over the place, your own fridge, your own car, your mirror to look at when you get ready in the morning. Give yourself a gold star, yes a real sticker, not just mentally. Write in on your iPad (like me). And Case App makes it so easy to personalize your message. You can put whatever on your device case or skin, they even have pre-made cute little clip arts that you can use for your design. You can customize your own with Case App for 20% off with code WITHLOVE20. What encouraging words do you want to send yourself today, everyday? Write it to yourself, or put in on your phone case where you can see it all the time!
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