Happy Spring everyone! A new season gives us a fresh start, and it’s time to get motivated! I know, it can be hard to be productive and stay motivated. It may seem impossible, but you CAN get up and get going to have the most successful day possible. The problem is getting started. Here’s how I stay motivated to get the most out of each day:
Wake Up Early
I know this may sound crazy to you, but getting up early is the best thing you can do when you want to have a productive day. I’m the type of person who will sit around thinking about how much work I have to do and how horrible it will be. But honestly, when I wake up and just do the things I need to do without hesitation, it’s that much easier. It’s important to remember that getting enough sleep is very important- don’t plan on waking up at 5 AM if you went to bed at 1 AM the night before. Waking up early on not enough sleep can be counterproductive, so make sure you’re getting to bed at a reasonable time if you plan to wake up early.
Have a Daily Morning Routine
Having a routine that you can follow every morning makes getting ready for the day so much easier and more efficient. You don’t have to think about it, and it can give some people peace of mind. A morning routine can include showering, getting dressed, and the basics, but here are some other awesome things to add to your routine to help boost productivity:
- Make your bed: Making your bed ensures that you have a clean room and peaceful space to return to at the end of the day. It brings clarity to the mind for some, and helps you generally get going in the morning.
- Exercise: Whether it’s a full body workout in the morning or just some basic stretches, working out is something that helps a lot of people get started for the day. Working out will give you energy for the rest of your day, plus your brain releases endorphins when you work out, which make you happy!
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast: We’ve all heard it a million times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m no nutritionist, but eating a healthy breakfast will keep you energized until the afternoon.
Make a To-Do List
I cannot live without my planner- seriously, it contains my whole life. Writing down the things you need to do for the day REALLY helps. When you physically cross something off a list, it makes accomplishing a task all the more satisfying. Lists and planning are especially important and helpful tools when you have an overwhelming amount of tasks. Writing out and prioritizing your tasks can help you visualize your day and take each task one at a time. I’ve found that planning my day out helps a lot. This is a little different than just prioritizing tasks- I take a look at all my tasks and determine when the best time will be to accomplish them. I write down all of my daily activities and tasks in order of when I want to complete them, and how long they will take. This way, I can see whether or not I can finish all of the tasks for the day, and I don’t spend time in between each task deciding what to do next.
Keep a Clean Work Space
Keeping a clean workspace helps lower my distractions. If I have papers scattered everywhere, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand. In addition, having a work space that inspires you helps you keep on task. At my desk, I keep things that make me happy, like cute office supplies, a cup of coffee, and pictures that inspire me.
Create a Vision Board
Vision boards help you keep your eyes on the prize. A vision board is a visual representation of your goals to remind you every day to do your best to reach them. I made mine out of poster board and cut-outs from magazines. You can separate your vision board into categories (like health goals, career goals, etc.) or you can just mesh everything together. It’s like a collage of your goals!
We all have those days where we just can’t get started. But if you use these tips and just get started, you won’t feel so bad about that Netflix binge later! How do you stay motivated? Let me know in the comments!