Ever feel like you have too much to do, and decide to do none of it? This sends you into a spiraling overwhelm of negative thoughts. And at the end of the day when you’ve accomplished nothing, you have only more things to add to your to-do list. Life doesn’t stop and those things keep piling up. Here are some awesome tips to help motivate those procrastinators out there.
- Make a list. When you have those scattered ideas cluttering your brain, you get less done. Once it’s on paper, it’s not cluttering your brain anymore. Making a list is EASY and quick, and how cool that you can un-clutter your mind with a 5-minute exercise! I bet we would all do this if uncluttering our house was just as easy. Download our free daily planner to help with this task. The planner also allows you to time block these tasks right into your schedule. You’re less likely to procrastinate when you have it written down.
- Set a timer. This is the best trick ever, especially when you have kids. Ever come home from work to a disorganized situation which stresses you out? The other day I came home and noticed the house was too messy for me to relax. I told the kids I’m setting a timer for 15 minutes to clean up and when the timer went off, we could drop everything and be done. The house went from disorderly to nice in 15 minutes because everyone worked hard for that short period of time. You can do this with any task. When you give yourself a specific time frame, you’re more likely to be motivated to do the task within that specific time. You may be less likely to start a task if you think you have to spend all day doing it.
- Stop being a perfectionist! Impossible standards = guaranteed stress and procrastination. Maybe we all are guilty of this sometimes. We want to be the perfect parent, spouse, friend, employee, etc. Guess what? No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Stop being so hard on yourself. If your standards are unachievable, you will beat yourself up for not accomplishing those impossible goals which makes for an unhappy YOU. Maybe you won’t even begin those tasks because you’ve set those impossible goals. Set realistic goals and realize perfection isn’t necessary.
- Celebrate your accomplishments. Ever think about all the things you didn’t get done at the end of the day? Feels bad right? Instead, try giving yourself a pat on the back for the awesome things you did today.
- Visualize your success! Attract it. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will either. Be confident that you will achieve all your goals. In your mind, picture what the end result looks like.
- Read some inspirational quotes. Just reading a few quotes per day will inspire and motivate. They make you feel good and give you perspective, which in turn MOTIVATES! We love quotes and have a page dedicated to them on our blog. Read a few before you start your day, instead of the long thread of Facebook updates.
- Music, Music, Music! For many, music is a mood elevator, which can help with motivation as well. Cleaning the house without music would be a sin, right? Putting in headphones can drown out distractions and improve focus. Choose the right type of music for the task. You may want fast music for a physical task, and classical music for writing an article, etc.
- Find YOUR most productive time of day. Take the quiz to determine your chronotype (biological programming). Once you know your chronotype, you will know the best time of day to perform your tasks at the most productive rate. Check out our interview with Dr. Breus, the Sleep Doctor to learn more about chronotypes.
- Clear your mind. Studies show meditation can improve productivity. Even a two-minute daily meditation can help! Check out our podcast with meditation expert, Jason Stephenson. Jason talks about the benefits of meditation and how to do it.
- Use Essential Oils. Essential oils are our fav. Experimenting with different oils will help you find the ones that work best for you. There is an oil blend that is actually called “motivate” that I love to use when I work at nighttime. Peppermint is an oil known to keep you alert. Vetiver is an oil that helps you focus. For more information about essential oils click here.
OK, so are you motivated yet? Put your phone down, or walk away from your computer and go get ‘er done. Then give yourself a pat on the back…because you’re awesome. The fact that you’re reading this shows you are interested in improving yourself, which is impressive in itself.