Do you find it difficult to get motivated? Do your organisational skills need some attention? Do you find yourself procrastinating over the smallest things? Sometimes it can be difficult to get started, and other times it's difficult to stay on track.
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Here are five tips to help you keep motivated and organised this month!
1. Get moving! Starting with one small thing will energize you and make you more likely to get on with the tasks at hand. So, write that list, do the dishes, it doesn't matter what first, just do something. The key to doing anything is getting started. Just simply making a start on something is often the first fence that many procrastinators fall at. Get moving and you'll be surprised at how much you can do!
2. Make sure you're properly equipped. Your surroundings and tools can make a massive difference to your motivation. For example, you're less likely to want to clean your floors if your vacuum cleaner doesn't work properly. If your computer runs slow then getting round to writing that paper is bound to be less appealing. Get rid of all those reasons that are causing you to put a task off. Avoid traps that will drain the motivation out of you. Making sure you have the right tools will make those jobs you're avoiding less of a chore.
3. Keep a diary. Instead of trying to remember important dates and meetings in your head, just bite the bullet and keep organised. Appointments written down on pieces of paper don't count here, so do it properly! You'll find it's so much easier to keep track of everything. It needn't be anything complicated; a simple personal organiser diary is ideal. If you are prone to losing things, choose a brightly coloured cover. Funky colours make it easy to spot when you need it.
4. Set achievable goals. This applies to both work and your personal life. A task as a whole may seem too daunting, but if you break it down into smaller, more easy to manage chunks, you'll find it a whole lot easier. Feeling overwhelmed and doing nothing rather than is all too easy, so give yourself a break. Cut big jobs into smaller parts and you'll be more likely to get it done!
5. Remember why you're doing the task in hand. For a paycheck, a qualification or a tidier house. Whatever your motivation, keep that reason in the forefront of your mind. A carrot is a lot more encouraging than a stick! Often whatever needs doing takes far less time than the amount of time spent worrying about it or putting it off. It's worth keeping in mind too how satisfied you'll feel once you're all finished.
Keeping focused is not always an easy thing to do but by getting into good habits, you may find that you gain momentum and can achieve more each day. Go on, get started now!
Do you have any tried and tested ways to help increase your motivation? Please do share them with us.