HOW TO GET AND STAY MOTIVATED!!!
(Self Motivation Part 1)
According to Google, motivation is the general desire and willingness to do something. There are days when we feel super motivated and ready to do anything at all but there are also certain days when our motivation level is equal to zero. So I’ll be sharing 3 tips to help you stay motivated.
1. Automate Your Motivation.
Life is full of various small decisions like:
. What time should I wake up?
. What should I have for breakfast,lunch and dinner?
. What time should I work on my project?
. What time should I workout?
. What time should I study?
. Should I watch a movie?
. Should I hang out with friends?
. What should I wear?
. What time should I go to bed today? And so many others.
All these little decisions can get overwhelming and sometimes leads us to making bad decisions AKA Decision Fatigue which is a deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making eg watching TV for sooo long and not working on that project that’s due.
One way to overcome decision fatigue is to limit the amount of decisions you take in a day. The late Steve Jobs wears the same out everyday, same thing with Mark Zukerberg and Barack Obama. Barack Obama once said in an interview “You’ll see I only wear Grey or Blue suits, I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions on what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”
I’m not saying you should change your wardrobe into Zukerberg’s style (unless you spend more than 10 minutes every single day trying to pick an outfit) but limiting the amount of decisions you take in a day keeps you strong and motivated. So maybe you should try meal prepping for the week or picking out your outfits for the week or creating a workout routine etc.
2. Use A Calendar/Schedule Based on Your Preferences.
When it comes to making a routine or schedule, it all comes down to knowing your type of person. We all have different personalities and preferences so if you’re a night hour person then maybe schedule your routine to be active at night but if you’re more productive in the morning then do your work sessions at mornings. But always remember to have a healthy sleeping habit which involves sleeping at least 6-8 hours daily. (I’ll write an article on the importance of sleep soon so watch out for that)
While organizing your calendar, consider where you feel most comfortable and productive to work for example, some people prefer working alone while some others love working in groups. Remember the definition of motivation>the desire and willingness to do something. Therefore placing yourself in the right place will help boost your motivation and make you more productive.
Steven King once said “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” And this is true for most successful people.
Always remember that when making a schedule, finding out what works best for you is very essential. For myself, I work with a combination of both a physical planner and an electronic calendar but the most efficient one for me is a cute physical planner because seeing super cute planner just makes me want to read and write in them. There isn’t a “Best medium for planning” the best medium is that one you can stick with for a long time.
Part 2 of this article will be out soon so stay tuned.
HOW TO GET AND STAY MOTIVATED!!!