My life functions on a general routine. I pet sit in blocks, work online in blocks, and see family and friends in blocks. Every event has its place in my calendar and I play around with the schedule to fit it all in. But the day-to-day routine that helps me stay on track also ends up wearing me down. If it becomes too monotonous, I lose momentum and slip into funks that make it hard to get anything done.
Tricks to Stay Motivated
- Throw new fun into the mix! If you haven’t seen a baseball game in a while or want to binge watch Netflix series with friends, get it planned and thrown into the schedule. The special stuff gives you something to look forward to and motivates you to do the other necessary stuff ahead of schedule. For me, scary movie marathons and sleepovers are special.
- Plan long-term fun too! The daily grind can really take over your brain. Reinvigorate your mental muscles by planning a significant vacation once or more a year. Again, the knowledge that something amazing will be happening usually motivates me to keep on top of everything else to reach the finish line on time. This is one of the reasons my husband and I have something significant and fun planned a few times a year. Right now, I’m looking forward to staying over at my sister’s new place sometime in August and attending Fincon15 in September.
- Reward yourself. If you are dragging your feet, tell yourself that you get x as soon as you’re done. For example, when I need to complete a tedious task like chores, I tell myself I can play one online round of Hearthstone (a virtual card battle game) as soon as I complete each job.
- Keep your priorities in mind. I have a list of my life priorities, and knowing those helps me stay on track on the days I don’t want to do anything at all.
- Keep positive stuff. I’ll admit that on blah days when I’m in a funk, I’ll look through my Gmail box and find past emails from readers that were uplifting. My husband and friends and family all try to keep my spirits up, but sometimes a stranger’s way-to-go feels even more important. It’s just a weird thing on bad days. 😉
What keeps you motivated in life?