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How I've Been Keeping Myself Motivated

1 May 2020

Motivation can be hard to find sometimes, especially under recent circumstances, but I've found some ways to spark inspiration and to give me motivation, even when I feel like I'm seriously lacking a 'can-do' attitude, and it's lead me to be so productive and more creative. So, today I thought I'd share these tips with you all to hopefully help if you feel like you're in a bit of a lockdown slump.


LOOK FOR A POSITIVE

I know sometimes this is easier said than done, and trust me I need to take my own advice with this one sometimes, but recently every time I've lacked the motivation or am worrying about something I've tried to find a positive spin to turn it around such as - 'I might not feel like doing this exercise but I know I will feel great after' or 'I'm a bit anxious about driving today but if I put on my Disney playlist I know I'll enjoy it more.' 

TAKE A BREAK

If I feel like some work is stressing me out or I'm having a bit of a creative block, I'll take a break and come back to it. Sometimes I'll make a cup of tea with some biscuits, watch a youtube video or even do a bit of skincare. A small break can help you go back into something with a more positive mindset. 


WRITE A 'TO DO' LIST

Set yourself a 'to-do' list for the next day so you have something to get up for. I've been doing this myself recently and, even in lockdown, it's really helped me get into a good routine. Even if it's something as simple as taking photo's for instagram, as long as I know I have something to work towards and to put effort into it helps me stay focused and motivated. Plus, ticking all those little tasks off my to-do list is a fab feeling of accomplishment.

SET AN ALARM

Now I'm not saying you have to get up at the crack of dawn because as much as I wish I was, I'm not a morning person. However I always set an alarm even when I'm just going to be in the house all day, because getting up at a reasonable time seems to give me a better start to the day and makes me feel more productive as opposed to sleeping in until midday and feeling like I've already wasted half of the day before I've even got out of bed.


DON'T PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOURSELF

One of my biggest toxic traits is putting imaginary pressure on myself that is totally unnecessary and I've found that when I take that pressure away and just sit back to do something purely for the enjoyment of it, I work a lot better and I'm way more productive. And of course, I enjoy it more! So instead of thinking about the 101 things you need to do, try thinking about it like 'I'll set myself this to do today, and this if I get round to it but it's ok if I don't'.

BLAST SOME TUNES 

Music is a must when I'm working on something. Whether it's a blog post or uni work, it gets me through and lifts my spirit. My personal favourites are Disney songs, 5SOS and 80s classics.

I hope this post has given you a few tips to help kick start some inspiration for yourself if lockdown has put a cloud over your motivation.

Lucy x

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