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How I Stay Motivated

July 8, 2017

Staying motivated is something I have always struggled with. I am a dreamer, which means I’m great at coming up with ideas, but I can quickly get off track and discouraged. My mind tends to go a million different directions, and it’s hard to focus. When I decided to really commit to this blog while still working my day job, I knew I was going to have to make some changes to stay on track. I started implementing some new, simple practices into my week and they have made all the difference for me.

Here are some simple practices that help me stay motivated:

-Waking up earlier. Ok, so I know this one isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it has made a big improvement in my day. I am a slow mover in the morning. I like to putz around and take my time getting ready. Getting up earlier gives me the freedom to do that. Rather than rushing around starting the day off stressed, I feel calm because I know I have ample time to get everything done before I walk out the door.

-Weekly prepping. Every Sunday when we get home from church, I spend some time preparing for the week ahead. I make sure the last of the laundry is done and put away, the sink is clean, and I review my planner for the week ahead. I sleep a lot better when I know that I am already prepared for the next day. This also helps me when I wake up. If I know that I am waking up to a messy house and a sink full of dishes, I am way less motivated to get out of bed and start my day.

-Reading one chapter each day. Setting aside some time to read a book that encourages me or sparks my imagination really helps in keeping me motivated. Audible counts too! I love listening to audiobooks in the car on the way to work. I usually have two books I’m reading at a time. Typically, one is fiction (right now, I am reading Harry Potter again on Audible) and one is non-fiction that I find inspiring or encouraging. Right now I’m reading “Grace Not Perfection” by Emily Ley and I love it so far.

-Setting goals. I am a goal-oriented person, so having tangible, daily, weekly, or monthly goals is important for me. It keeps me motivated and the sense of pride I feel when I get to check off that goal is a great confidence booster. The visual of a planner helps a lot. I am a pen and paper girl. If I don’t write it down, I probably won’t remember to do it. Having a paper planner that I look at every day keeps my mind on track. If you aren’t into paper planning, try a Google calendar!

-Declutter. It’s hard to clear your mind when the space around you is cluttered. Taking a couple extra minutes to put things in their place. I really enjoying cleaning, but decluttering is hard for me. I tend to want to hoard certain things, like cardigans and decorative pillows. I did a massive closet clean-out about a year ago, and while the process was difficult, the results felt great. I actually enjoyed getting ready a little bit more because I knew where everything was in my closet and didn’t waste any time searching for a specific item.

I hope these tips inspire to stay motivated this week!

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison

You are loved,

J

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