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I don’t know about you, but there are just some times when I need a kick up the rear to get motivated and avoid procrastinating.

And, I’m in that funk right now.  I can make all kinds of excuses, lack of time, covid, you name it I can use it, but that’s not going to help me achieve my dreams and goals and get me where I want to be. 

I’ve been speaking to a lot of people lately who feel exactly like that too, in a bit of a motivation slump.  So, I thought I’d share with you, some of the tips and strategies I use to lift me up and get me into ‘doing’ mode and taking action.

  • Just start it.  Whatever it is you are not motivated to do, just start it. Whether that’s the ironing, decluttering a cupboard or an important project for your work or business.
  • Break it down.  If the project seems overwhelming or too big, break it down into easier achievable steps.  Almost like reverse engineering.  Make a plan, and ask yourself, what steps do you need to take and in what order to achieve the final outcome?
  • Break it down even further.  If, after completing 2 above, you still feel un-motivated or overwhelmed, break those steps down even further and keep breaking them down until you have a list of steps which are achievable for you.   
  • Do the things you most dislike first.  I know it may feel counter-intuitive, but honestly getting that stuff out of the way first, is a real motivator to crack on.
  • Reduce daily distractions.  Turn off your phone, turn off all social media or other things which cause you to become easily distracted.  That’s just another sign of procrastination.
  • Walk away from it.  If you are becoming overwhelmed or frustrated with a project, which can inhibit progress, take a break and walk away from it for a while.  Do something completely different to change your mind state.
  • Reward yourself.  How will you reward yourself when the project is completed?  Make sure you do. 
  • Turn up the energetic and upbeat music.  Music and singing always gets me out of a funk (my singing may put other people in a funk!) and into an energetic mood to get on with.
  • Watch your self-talk.  When you’re hard on yourself, ask yourself is it helpful or destructive?  Adjust your language to always make it helpful.   
  • Reframe how you feel about the project.  Instead of ‘ugh I really don’t want to do…’, or ‘I hate/dislike doing…….’.  Reframe it to ‘I’m going to have fun doing …’ and make it so.
  • Remember why you are doing the project.  Where is it leading you to, your desired destination?
  • Praise yourself.  When you’re ticking off the completed steps, give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate your successes.
  • Avoid Comparisonitis.  Only compare yourself to yourself to see how much your haven achieved.  Avoid comparing yourself to others.
  • Remember, there is no such thing as failure.  There may be ups and downs, but take the positives from that.  What did you learn? 
  • Above all, be kind and patient with yourself.

I’d love to know which ones worked best to motivate you.

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Love
Marie xox