Staying motivated can sometimes be a difficult task. Too often, many of us will find ourselves working on a project for school, or work, or even our own leisure, and find ourselves unable to finish (or in some cases start) due to a complete lack of motivation. When discussing this topic, I think it’s important to distinguish our lack of motivation from a lack of interest.
I can recall many instances in which I’ve worked on something I was genuinely excited to be apart of but found myself repeatedly putting it off. At times, the task seemed so big, that I didn’t even know where to begin, other times, I’ve worked on projects that were so difficult, I would immediately become discouraged. More often than not, however, tis ye olde case of writer’s block that does me in. Regardless, there are many factors that contribute to a lack of motivation, but at the end of the day, if we don’t take action, this lack of motivation can end up causing serious harm to some of our biggest goals and ambitions.
That’s why I wanted to write this blog post, to provide people will some advice on how to stay motivated and focus on their goals. Whenever I need to get back on track, the trick that always helps me to stay motivated is to make a list of all my objectives and goals for the day. One thing to know about me is that I, and I cannot stress this enough, absolutely LOVE making lists! Writing lists to plan out your day is an effective form of time management that has always helped me stay focused. Breaking up your plans into smaller, more achievable objectives makes the work seem smaller and more doable. Seeing my completed work accumulate, signalling the approaching achievement of my main goal, has always been a sure-fire way to keep me going.
I generally tend to write a list at night before I go to bed, or early in the morning right when I wake up. I make sure to allocate enough time to work on each objective and even include time on my lists for small breaks and lunch!
And if you’re looking for one more piece of advice on how to stay motivated, or to stop procrastinating, then I would say… remind yourself of your passion for the work you’re doing. Remember what it is that you love about your work and why it is important to you, don’t forget how it will impact the goals and ambitions you have planned for your future.
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Thank you for reading!