Tips to Help Motivate Your Wayward Self

  1. 30 Minutes of Anything is Do-able

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I’m one of those people who likes to see things get done, but who doesn’t like to necessarily get them done personally.

I’d rather already be at relaxed and finished, rather than at overwhelmed and not yet started, which is where I’m normally at.

Luckily I have discovered that I can definitely achieve 30 minutes of anything, and once I’ve achieved this, I can easily write down another 30 minutes of something on my list for the day, and achieve this easily too.

This is because 30 minutes is not a long time, but it is long enough to get me immersed in the task and long enough to achieve something.  Once immersed in the task, I find that it is not as horrifically awful as I thought it was, and amazingly sometimes I even find myself going on to other tasks and forgetting about the time.

While 30 minutes is a useful tool, I find that with certain jobs I am better off writing them down on my list for the day and then getting them done and finished with at one time. This is because some jobs just drag on too much with 30 minute time slots, or are unsatisfying when done this way.

  1. Break the Job Down into Smaller Parts

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It’s pathetic, but I am one of those people that often has to break a job down into smaller parts in order to get the job done.

I find this technique essential with jobs that I seriously dislike doing, or when I am tired and even 30 minutes of something is just too much to face.

This strategy has proved successful for me with jobs like cleaning, which I enjoy about as much as an overly vigorous cavity search. 

When I can no longer put off cleaning the bathroom any longer I start by telling myself just to clean the shower.  Then I’ll come back later and clean the bathroom vanity.  Eventually I’ll hop back in and sweep and mop the floor.

It probably sounds a bit erratic, but all of a sudden the job is done, and because I’ve broken it up with other more enjoyable activities I haven’t got to the stage where I’m unhelpfully grinding bits of my teeth out all over the newly cleaned bathroom floor. 

  1. Reward Yourself

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Once again, I might be slightly pitiful, but I rely heavily on rewards.

I find some really rather simple things extraordinarily difficult, so I force myself to do them by promising myself a reward later on.

Some simple things that I find enormously hard including making a phone call enquiry about a job opening, or making a phone call to offer my business services to someone.

The rewards I use might be food (yes I am a sad and simple creature), or some form of positive or relaxing experience.

The great thing about rewards is they don’t need to be either expensive or elaborate (luckily in my case chocolate is still relatively inexpensive), they just have to work for you.

Unfortunately I don’t have a beautiful aqua beach on my doorstep to loll about on like the chick in the photo, but there’s still plenty of other ways I can reward myself at the end of the day.

  1. Write it Down

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I am one of those anally retentive people who loves to-do lists.

I actually love lists of any kind, because they give me a sense of control over my insignificant pathetic little life. 

For some strange reason, if I write something down on my list for the day, I’m highly motivated to get it done, just so that I can cross it off my list (and place a nice tick next to it as well, absolute bliss!!!).

Tragic, isn’t it. 

But it works for me, so I do it.

Being able to cross even small tasks off a list also makes me feel good because it shows me that I can set and achieve goals.

Once the list is achieved, I can also relax for the night, or do something enjoyable.

  1. Be Nice to Yourself

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Feeling like you are a steaming pile of excrement is strongly associated with being demotivated.

Believe that you can achieve what you want to achieve in life, and then all the jobs that have to be done to get you there become do-able too.

I’ve finally learnt that I am the only person who really can motivate myself and a big part of that is being supportive of myself, the one person I’m stuck with for the entirety of my life!  Happy days!!!

As Henry Ford said, “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.”

  1. Think About the People/Creatures You Love

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Thinking about the people or furry creatures you love and who are depending on you for income, stability and a positive future has always been an enormous motivator for human beings.

Because we want a bright future for ourselves and those we love, just thinking about them gives us a good kick up the proverbial.

To quote Lao Tzu, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

  1. Remember That Nothing is Actually Scary at All

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Fear is a terrible waste of time and also an enormous demotivating force.

The worst part about fear is that once you’ve done whatever you were anxious about doing, you find that it was actually nothing to be scared of at all.

A lot of things that I’ve been scared of I have later discovered to be in fact quite easy, and after a time, even routine.  Later still these enormously scary almost life threatening experiences sometimes even become boring, they are that uneventful. 

We are all scared about something or other because we are all human, but none of us can afford to let fear trick us.

© Annemaree Jensen 2020