It is the beginning of the year and, for most people, their motivation is still sky high. You probably have big plans for 2017 and have set New Year’s resolutions up to the kazoo. There is nothing wrong with this, but if the ‘beginning of the year feel’ is the only thing that you are counting on to help you achieve all those goals, well… Then your tank is going to run empty pretty soon, as we are already entering February! So, let’s take the time to look at some ways in which we can keep ourselves motivated, at least for a bit longer than the end of January!
- Stay healthy
Something most important to stay motivated is ENERGY, there is no way you will be able to determine your goals when you are always tired or sick. Therefore, make sure that you get your 8 hours of Z’s, drink enough water, keep active, and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Cut down on those energy drinks, sugars, alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes, as all of these are major energy takers.
It can be very difficult following your path when it is filled with clutter. You can put more structure to your day by following a few easy steps.
- Clean your desk/room/workspace – you will be surprised by how much more productive you are.
- Write your task down – take time every morning before you start your day to just write down what needs to be done.
- Follow the 50/10 rule – focus and work very hard on a task for 50 min and then take a 10 min break.
- Learn more about time management.
- Go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time every morning – this will do wonders in structuring your life activities.
- Helping tools
Good advice so far? Sure, but just how practical is it? Very often we know what needs to be done, but the struggle comes in when we actually have to put our plans into action. So why not get some tools to help with the heavy lifting? There are so many cool apps and websites out there that can help you plan and plot almost every aspect of your life. For me, the website that is king is www.vertex42.com – you can get a template for pretty much anything!
- Keep learning
Knowledge truly is power, so don’t just put a goal in place and expect yourself and the goal to remain the same. If you do, it can be problematic, because people grow and goals change. In order to keep yourself motivated, commit to learning. Get to know yourself better, learn more about things that interest you, read, travel, etc. All of these things develop your hunger for life and trust me, if you are hungry for something; you are more likely to get up and go get it!
The simple truth is that happy people are more motivated, or are at least more able to motivate themselves. Thus, find out what makes you happy. What gets you excited about life? Fill your regular routine with more of these activities. Be more grateful for what you have, as research has found that people who are grateful are happier. Try keeping a gratitude journal, if you find it difficult to remember. Try to enjoy the moment; people who are able to be ‘present’ are much happier!
Reflection is a great way to stay motivated, as it allows you the opportunity to see how far you have come. Being able to see the changes makes the ‘sacrifice vs. reward’ process so much easier, so whenever you question why you are doing it, just remember why you started it in the first place. Remember, if you do relapse and you have that chocolate or cigarette, do not throw in the towel and see it as a failure, but rather as a stumble block. You just have to pick yourself up and get back on that horse!