Before you start anything big, new, scary or even mundane, you need to motivate yourself to do a good job. Here are some tips that will help you become motivated and stay on track:
1. Write a to-do list
Write a list every morning just before you start your day. If you’re feeling particularly anxious about a big project or a looming deadline, it can help to make your to-do list the night before – that way you get started first thing the next day. Writing a to-do list every day might seem daunting, but keep at it and it will soon become part of your daily life. It’s a simple task that will help you focus, and you’ll feel accomplished when you tick off each task. Let goal setting become a habit and a positive part of your life.
2. Reward yourself for completed tasks and accomplished goals
This could be something small like making a cup of tea or coffee when you finish writing a report or a relaxing bubble bath in the evening after doing a presentation all day. When you achieve something that you have found particularly difficult or you have been striving to achieve for a while, your reward may be something bigger, like a spa day, a new handbag or a new golf club.
3. Get inspired
Think about who inspires you. It might be an entrepreneur who’s achieving the kind of things you want to achieve, or a friend or acquaintance who is super-organised. Spend time with them, watch their YouTube videos, follow them on social media, and let some of their inspirational energy rub off on you.
4. Start early in the day
It can be hard getting up in the morning, but ticking off tasks on your to-do list early can have a positive ripple effect on the rest of your day. You’ll feel accomplished early on in the day, which will result in you feeling motivated and confident for the rest of the day. Start your day in a big way and the momentum will keep you rolling. Then you have the whole evening to yourself to relax.
5. Create a vision board
A vision board makes you feel good and helps you to focus on your end goal, which will naturally inspire and motivate you. Perhaps a pretty postcard of a destination you would love to travel to, a picture of your chosen reward for when you complete the project or reach your goal, a motivational quote that makes you feel good, or a picture of your favourite entrepreneur. Looking at your vision board regularly will give you a boost and help you stay on track to reach your goals.
6. Visualise success
Visualisation is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. Olympic athletes have been doing it for years to improve their performance. It’s reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined lifting weights. Every morning, visualise how you want your day to turn out, then jump out of bed and have a successful day.
7. Set effective goals
Break your goals down into smaller chunks – instead of saying “I’m going to write a report”, break it down into steps. For example, you need to research the topic, plan what you’re going to say, write a draft and write a final copy. Your goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely – which will ensure that you can actually reach your goals in a focused and measured way, and within a deadline too.
If you’re unsure about how to set effective goals or finding what works best for you, contact us to arrange a free initial consultation.