I know it may be a little too early for a post on keeping up with all of that newfound motivation that comes with a new year but I thought I’d catch it early! I go through phases of either being completely motivated, ticking off everything on my to-do list and going around with a smug grin on my face. Or I have no will to do anything, even getting dressed seems like a huge task and I slump around feeling a little bit meh.
As I mentioned in the introduction, I wanted to tackle the topic of demotivation pretty early on because I always seem to leave it much too late. I don’t know about you guys but there’s usually signs for when I’m about to become a little meh about life. I start doing less and less each day. I let little tasks pile up until they turn into huge tasks. I start to stay in bed longer. These signs may be a little different for you but I’m guessing you have these too.
DON’T OVER-DO IT
Humans are not made to multitask. In fact, it has been scientifically demonstrated that humans cannot actively switch from one task to another. It was shown that when we multitask it actually takes four times longer to get stuff done than it would if we just focused on one task. So take it easy on yourself, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned baby steps in every one of these posts so far and that’s because it’s such an important thing to remember. When we’re putting too much pressure on ourselves we start to burn out.
HAVE A SOLID PLAN OF ACTION
I truly believe that when you have a simple and solid plan that you can tackle anything in life. The only problem is that creating this kind of plan takes some time and effort. Flick on the kettle, grab some snacks and figure out what your plan is. If your plan is to be generally more organised in life then your plan of action might look slightly like the photo below. It’s important to have clear and concise steps to follow so that you’re never wondering what has to be done and when. I’ve found that using a more minimal layout helps focus me on the task at hand because I’m not so focused on everything else.
CREATE A ‘BACK ON IT’ ROUTINE
I’m busting into 2019 with a trick up my sleeve. As per Muchelle B’s advice, I have created a plan to help me get back on my feet when I’m feeling a little sluggish. I will attach the little checklist below! I can always see the signs when I’m starting to burn out a little so learning to catch this early will mean that I don’t fall so far behind. My routine includes a few little things to do that will make sure I’m not too stressed but it will also ensure that I am actually doing productive stuff.
FORGIVE AND LEARN
I have a whole blog post based around giving yourself a fresh start. I used to beat myself up for having an off day which made me feel like crap which then made the next few days crappy and before you know it, I’ve had a whole crappy week. Slowly learning to just forgive yourself and get on after you have minor blips. Learn from these little off days – find out what sets you off and how to just move past it.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope this post can help you out a lil’. See you tomorrow for a new post! Have a lovely day and stay beautiful.
“My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused” – Ashton Eaton.
Lots of loves,