I’ve always struggled with motivating myself especially when it comes to my writing. Often times I find myself procrastinating to a ridiculous degree and then feeling bad because I haven’t got anything done. Recently, however, I’ve found some ways that have helped me out! It’s helped me get back into my blogging mojo, so I’m hoping that I can continue to be motivated to get back into my novel. So, without further ado here are 5 ways to motivate yourself that have helped me:
1. Get Accountability from Others
I’ve found that if I get accountability from other people in my life then this motivates me! If I message someone that I’m going to do something and they message me later on asking if I’ve completed that task, I feel like I want to do the task more because I don’t want to let that person down.
2. Listen to Music
Music is definitely a big one and it puts me in a good mood which makes me want to actually work! I have a Spotify membership so it allows me to listen to music without ads, download music and listen to it at any time & unlimited skips (this isn’t an ad, I promise ?) – this is especially useful when I don’t know what I want to listen to. I love the curated playlists, as well and they even have ‘Motivational’ playlists which I have found really good for discovering new music.
3. Reward Yourself Afterwards
Complete 1 task = Watch 1 episode. That’s how I manage to get work done, as well. As a massive TV watcher, I can find myself easily distracted because there are just so many episodes I have to catch up on. I’ve trained myself recently to complete at least one task and then I can go ahead and watch one episode on Netflix, guilt-free.
4. Get the Small Things Done First
I usually have a to-do list and even if it’s a small thing on there like do laundry (actually that’s pretty massive, I always have too much laundry to do) or tidy my desk then when I’ve completed it, I feel more motivated to complete other tasks as well.
5. Think Back to Your Successes
If I think back to how I felt when I completed a task, I find that helps motivate me because I want to replicate that feeling. Nothing beats being able to fist pump the air because you’ve finally managed to write a new chapter of your novel or you’ve finally got round to replying to your blog comments. It’s a feeling of satisfaction and to be honest, who doesn’t like that feeling?
What are some ways you motivate yourself?