How I motivate myself

December 18, 2019

Finding motivation to do things is hard! The days are growing shorter, the weather is getting colder and everyone is getting ill. Damn those colds!

I’ve always been more of a procrastinator and I could never motivate myself to do anything, that was until about halfway through this year. I was in a seriously dark place after Molly was killed. I turned my back on the world and everything I did was fuelled by anger, it was bad. But somehow I survived, coming out the other side as a better person. Don’t get me wrong, I obviously still slip up and I’m not one of those insanely productive, hardworking people, but the difference is night and day; and you know what, I’m so proud of myself.

Like I said, there’s still a long way for me to grow, but I’ve gotten pretty good at motivating myself to get shit done and I’m going to share my personal tricks with all of you. I did write another post a few weeks back that I’ll link here. I covered the fundamentals of how to motivate yourself, so feel free to check that out before you jump into this post. So if you’re interested in how I motivate myself, I’d also love to read how you motivate yourself in the comments, then read on. . .

1 I embrace my inner child and put on a concert for moi

Do you remember when you were a kid at your friends sleepover and you’d blast out some now major cringe tunes, and just dance and sing your heart out? Well, I’ve become even more lame as I’ve aged and I do that all by myself in my room. You don’t have to say it, I know how cool that makes me sound. I grab a hairbrush, play some HSM or Camp Rock songs and I sing my temporary child heart out. Who am I kidding? I’ll always be a child at heart.

It fills my heart with such pure joy and it never fails to cheer me up. I’m normally so perky afterwards that I jump straight on my computer and smash out my to do list. So let go of your inner critic and move past the uncomfortable feeling of embarrassment and give in to your inner child. Have fun, don’t take yourself too seriously and let your hair down!

2 I use my why power

I feel like I’ve used this phrase more than any other this year, but that’s because this simple thing has changed my life! If I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed or unmotivated, I sit and meditate and think about my why and the big picture; it solves everything. Just try it.

3 I think about how good it will feel when it’s done

I normally do this when I’m trying to get motivated to exercise or if I need to do a big/ daunting task (normally editing a book after I’ve finished the first draft or starting a blog post). Again, it does wonders. I’ll close my eyes, take a few deep breaths and really imagine how it’ll feel when it’s done. This works best for tasks that I know I can get done that day, but it may work better for you when it comes to those long term goals.

4 I take some time out to get inspired by motivating people

If I’m really not feeling it, I will load YouTube and a hour timer on my phone and watch some of my favourite online creators that are killing it. My go-to’s are Kalyn Nicholson, Carrie Rad, Muchelle B or Lavendaire to get me out of a funk and give me some motivation. If I’m halfway through a video when I can feel the motivation bubbling up inside me, then I will force myself to close it down and get to work, too many times I’ve decided to finish watching and the motivation has left me. So if you’re ever reading any of my content and begin feeling motivated, I suggest you leave and get to work before that feeling goes.

5 I pull an animal spirit card

Spirituality wise, I’m not sure what I believe in, I just find enjoyment in things like tarot readings and come on, it’s an ANIMAL spirit deck, of course I’m going to be obsessed with it. Sometimes it helps me feel motivated, a lot of the time something will pop up that I resonate with, and other times it does nothing for me except bring me a little bit of fun for five minutes, which helps light a spark inside of me anyway.

6 I put on my creativity playlist

Whenever I need to be creative I pop on my getting creative playlist, which is filled with all of my favourite film scores. It never fails to put me in a creative wave of thought and it always inspires me. One similar on Spotify is ‘Cinematic chillout’. Again, game changer.

7 I get my ass in gear

This probably won’t work if you’re here to find ways to get motivated for exercise, but if I know that I want to tick a lot of things off my to-do list then I will exercise in the morning before I start my goals. It sets the ball rolling for a productive day and it makes me feel good, and already proud of myself for taking the time out to do something challenging, yet healthy for my body. Besides, there’s no greater feeling than when I take off my shoes after finishing a workout; side note, I work out at home, I don’t just walk around the gym with no shoes, nobody wants that.

8 I pimp up my surroundings and get cosy

Don’t ask me why this works, it just does. I’ll normally do this when I’m halfway through a long day at my laptop and I need a bit of a motivational refresh. I grab a cup of tea (and maybe a biscuit if I’m feeling naughty), I tidy and re-organise my surroundings and I switch my fairy lights on. Never underestimate the power of feeling cosy, just don’t get too cosy, we don’t want you nodding off or procrastinating.

9 I like to look back at how far I’ve come

If I’m really feeling in a slump or I’m unmotivated because I’m in a self loathing mood, then looking back at what I’ve already accomplished in my life pulls me out of those moods. It’s good to remind yourself that you’ve felt this way before and you got through it, just like you’ll get through it this time too.

+ BONUS POINT – Sometimes motivation doesn’t find you, sometimes you have to grab onto it by the wrist and force it to stay with you

Sometimes motivation isn’t going to come. Sometimes you just have to force yourself to do the task at hand and oftentimes motivation will find you later.

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I’ve been on a bit of a self development journey this year, and becoming a more productive person has been the side of me that has improved the most. A big chunk of being productive is feeling motivated, at least it has been for me. I never used to be the type of person that could just get on with a task and get it done with no bumps. But now I am, except for the no bumps part, sometimes there’s some bumps. I used to always wait for motivation to hit me, but now I know how to create my own. It’s all about trial and error, and if you’re not there yet then don’t worry, you’ll get there, it just takes some experimenting, time and patience!

Let me know in the comments what motivates you, I’m always on the look out for new motivational tactics. There’s not long until the clock chimes 12am on 2020 and as soon as it does, I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna need all the motivation I can bottle.

A hui hou, until we meet again.

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