My Top 10 Tips For Staying Motivated
January has hit and with that comes a lot of expectations and goals for the new year.
It's all well and good writing that bucket list but how do you stay on the ball for the next twelve months?
Working in a face-paced job with long hours or studying full-time in college can get in the way of what you really want to do. It can be so easy to get home straight after, curl up on the couch and binge on Netflix. These kind of days are important but if they become a habit it can be easy to lose motivation for your aspirations and goals.
I'm one of those people who never stops. As soon as I finish one project I'm starting another, when I come home from my job I start writing for my site or editing a video.
Between that, events, having my own personal social life and just general day-to-day bits like scrubbing my toilet, it can get overwhelming. Over time however, I've learned how to keep my head in the game and that fire in my belly burning.
Everyone has their own way of achieving their goals but I have a few tricks that I'm sure will help you keep on top of things this new year.
Here it is, the GOSPEL of motivation according to Bandeadd:
1. Make A Daily List And Tick It Off As You Go
Bucket lists are fab for big plans like travelling or completing a degree but these can be so easily forgotten about on a day-to-day basis - that's why I make daily lists, yes, daily.
(I bloody love lists)
Every morning I sit down and write bullet points of everything I need to do that day with a little empty box that I have to tick beside it. This makes what seems like endless tasks in the grand scheme of things bitesize and achievable.
There's nothing more satisfying than ticking off those little boxes and when I have a list in front of me I fire through work because I can move quickly from one task to the next without much thought.
Believe me, give this a go, it's worked wonders for me.
2. Keep A Calendar
This seems like an obvious one but it's so easy to have a calendar and not fill it in properly.
Take time to figure out when things need to be finished, where you hope to be on a certain date and plan your days properly - having two meetings or events overlapping is stress that you don't need.
For me, my calendar has to be on paper, it just doesn't seem to go in when I see it on a screen.
3. Get Inspired During Down Time
It's so easy to pick up your phone and scroll for hours without even thinking.
Instead of this, if I'm stuck in an Instagram hole I try to look at other accounts and pictures that inspire me, that I can develop my own ideas from. I screenshot these pictures and keep them in a folder, filled with things to keep me motivated and my creativity flowing.
It's so important to take time away from your phone too. My down time involves playing vinyls, lighting candles and reading my poetry books - pure bliss and the perfect way to clear your mind of clouds and stresses.
This one is pretty obvious but try to get your 8 hours. I never feel like myself if I havent had my 40 winks and I'm yawning over my laptop.
Having your laptop or phone open before bed is so bad for your eyes and can prevent you from being able to sleep properly so try to avoid doing that.
5. Be Passionate About The Work
Another one that seems pretty obvious but one that I often have to remind myself - make sure you're passionate about the work you're doing.
If you don't think what you're writing/editing/working towards is the best thing since sliced bread then that will show in your work. You can always twist it into something you like or use a method of learning or working that you enjoy doing. Pair that with an optimistic outlook and the passion will flow.
It's in you, just use it in the right way and you'll be flying.
6. Recognise Your Progress
We often set ourselves goals and as soon as we achieve them, they aren't good enough anymore - you're on to bigger, better things.
This can lead you into a hole of self deprecation because you haven't ever given your hard work and efforts a pat on the back when it was due.
Take time to recognise the small achievements you've made and be proud of them. Tell your close friends and family and do a little dance in an elevator when no one's watching.
This will also give your self-confidence and work ethic a boost because you've tracked your progress and you'll be able to see a clear journey to your success.
7. Don't Become A Hermit
If you're working on a big project, it can be easy to shut yourself off from the world until it's done.
How many times have you vowed to yourself that you'd do work for the whole day and you've found yourself procrastinating for 80% of it?
We've all been there.
This probably happened because you're cooped up inside and your brain is screaming for a break from your laptop screen. Get out for a quick walk, dust off the cobwebs around your brain and go see your mates, they miss ya!
8. Listen To Lo-Fi As You Work
Lo-fi music was one of the best things I discovered in 2018. In an ideal world I'd love to be able to work listening to my favourite spotify playlist or the radio but it distracts me to no end.
Lo-fi or chillhop is soft, mellow beats, no words and for some reason I work better with it than in silence - that's a first. It's keeps my brain ticking along and keeps me focused.
Now I can't work without it!
9. Work When Your Most Productive
Try working a few different hours in the day and find out when you're most productive.
For me, it's first thing in the morning - my workflow slumps terribly after lunch and I find it hard to get it back.
If I'm up at 7/8am and I do my eight hours until the early afternoon I get so much more done than if I choose to have a lie in. Getting a lot of work done gives me a positive mental attitude and keeps me motivated for the following day. When I finish my work in the day it gives me the whole evening to take time out, chill with friends and have the social life I deserve.
10. Talk To People Who've Gotten To Where You Want To Be
People seem to be so afraid to ask for help. My Mam always said to me "Ask and you shall receive" and she's right.
Talk to the people that inspire you, that have gotten to where you want to be and ask for their advice and tips - there are few who wouldn't be happy to help.
I've had people write to me for advice and I always love giving it, I try to think the people I ask feel the same. Try to have a few main questions set out for them and take down bullet points in your journal.
It's easy to glorify people you admire but once you get talking to them you'll realise we're all human and if they can do it, you can too!