July 19, 2017
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On Finding Motivation


So, Im writing this post at way too late o'clock at night. By that I mean, by the time I hit publish, it will be a new day. But having just completed all the tasks that I had set out for the day - and the week thus far for that matter - I just had to sit and get my thoughts out, because its a good feeling to finally be able get stuff done again.

For the last couple weeks (or months - who's counting), I seemed to have lost my motivation mojo. Literally, the little motivating angel on my shoulder took a plane and went on a dang vacation. I may have bought his ticket too. I'm usually fairly (read: really) organised with my time, and I guess I still was, but I just didn't have the motivation or drive to do the 'extra'. Work was fine, love life - fine, family time - fine, the cat - way more than fine, but things like gym, eating healthy, cooking, meal prepping, keeping up with cleaning, reading, well they kinda just stopped. Guys, when I don't work out and don't have motivation to exercise and eat well, my mood takes a deep sea dive. 

Anyway, this weekend, there was a turning point and so far this week has been great. Lies. More than great - I'm literally killing it. Gym? done. House? clean. Lunch? Packed - for the rest of the week. This is not my first rodeo with losing my motivation to do the 'extra', and probably won't be the last so I thought I'd share how I typically get myself back into gear.


1. Just start
Nike was on to something when they said 'just do it'. I am a master procrastinator. I'll delay and delay and delay and nothing will get done but once I start, things shift into place and I find that the thing I was delaying didn't quite take as long as expected or wasn't as hard as I anticipated. Just start - it'll get done and if it doesn't, at least there's progress. The best way to get motivated is to start.

2. Make a list then break down that list
... but start small. Im a list maker and a planner by nature but frankly sometimes lists can be annoying. I find that when I make a list, then take a big item off that list and break it up it becomes SOOOO much more manageable. Case and point - I literally had "clean kitchen" written on a list for days. Tonight I wrote "wash dishes", "wipe counters", "clean microwave", "sweep". Divided, they sounded much easier than "Clean kitchen" (which btw I may never write on a list again - Cleaning the kitchen has notoriously been my least favourite chore).

3. Journal thoughts
I can't speak the praises of journaling enough. Writing thoughts down, clearing mind space and getting negative mumbo jumbo out of your head and onto paper is so important - at least to me. I remember a time when I used to think it was silly to journal thoughts but yeah - it really does help get rid of all the brain spam.

4. Reward yourself
Listen, I work better when theres a carrot dangling in front of me. Not a literal carrot (though that's probably what I should be eating) but the metaphorical carrot. A reward. There's absolutely no shame in promising yourself a reward for a job well done in my book. Heck if there were no medals or rewards would Usain Bolt still run? Well maybe - but you get my drift. Having a little light at the end of the tunnel, helps.

This past weekend and the beginning of this week, I journaled, broke down lists and started to get ish done. Can't lie, I'm pretty pumped for the rest of the week. 

How do you stay motivated?

Have a great Wednesday guys!

16 comments:

  1. I think sometimes life gets in the way of things that bring us sanity and motivation like the gym! To me I have to go to the gym so I schedule it like a meeting so I have to go! xo,Biana-BlovedBoston

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  2. This is so true lady! Just starting and breaking things down are key for me. My planner really really helps. It's like magic! Hope you're having a great week! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  3. I struggle with this sometimes, too! Journaling really helps me. :)

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  4. The hardest part is starting, so it's so true you just need to start! Life is so crazy busy, and I feel like we get almost no down time. Something always has to be done, so the best thing to do is just start <3
    Green Fashionista

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  5. Love this post as I have been having the hardest time being motivated at all. Thanks for sharing this. I think creating a list is a great idea and then work from there.

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  6. I don't journal but writing stuff in my planner helps me...when I don't do it for a week, I feel so disorganized and off.

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  7. rewarding yourself really is such a good one!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    1. I always have to think of some reward! One of the best ways for me to get in a gear.

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  8. I have lost all my motivation for working out and eating healthy since having Zoe. I am trying to get back on track, but it is so hard!! Way to go for finding some motivation!

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  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one that mind themselves on both sides sometimes. Sometimes I just need the break and other times I feel like I'm on a roll.

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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    1. Oh girl sometimes you need a break. I fully believe in giving yourself grace in those times :)

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  10. i totally think 1&2 are my biggest help. i'm with you on being no stranger to losing motivation, finding it again, losing it again, finding it again lol. i need to reward myself more, but i like to reward myself with things i shouldn't: shopping or food. bad!

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  11. I'm such a procrastinator too! I live off lists, I just started bullet journaling too and it helps to keep me motivated and on track!

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    1. Totally! Just checking off lists helps so much!

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  12. When I break down the components of a task, it is more likely that i'll accomplish it too. I like checking off the individual items on my To-do list so that's extra motivation to get each part of the job done.
    Great post, Kay. I hop you're having a great weekend too.

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    1. Oh I love checking off individual items .. its the best part!

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