Ever wondered how to fuel your motivation???
It is easier said than done to work hard, study or meet that pressing deadline when all you want to do is eat a tub of ice-cream while watching mindless TV. We all are guilty of procrastinating, slacking and living on cloud nine. So how do we turn this around, achieve our goals and be proud of our productive work filled day?
Exercise – Although it is hard to force yourself out the house, especially to do exercise, the benefits will do you the world of good. Physical activity releases endorphins – a hormone which makes you feel happy, uplifted and motivated. Short bursts of exercise throughout the day will help to keep you focused. This could be a walk, run, bike ride or star-jumps in the kitchen.
End result – Keep in mind your end goal. Is it good grades, praise at work or a new job? Have your goal written on a piece of paper, every time you feel your focus running away read your goal out loud three times. You will achieve your goal if you work for it. By working to your full potential you will have no regrets.
Get rid of distractions – Turn your phone on silent (the ping noises will only make you look at your notification then start browsing other social medias) only allow yourself to check your phone every hour or so. If working on a computer, block social media sites which waste your time and only make you feel jealous of those posting holiday pictures.
Have the right types of breaks – It is okay to have lots of short breaks to refresh yourself, but make sure your break is not going on Facebook or looking at your computer screen. Run up and down the stairs and get a cup of tea. A change of scene will help you to refocus when you return to your work.
Incentives – Give yourself a treat once you finish one section of your work. For example, after writing chapter one you can have a tea break and call up your friend for a chat. Be proud of completing your work, do not forget to praise yourself.
Day goals – At the beginning of the day write down a list of what you want to achieve and at the end of the day write down everything you did achieve in a different colour pen. Aim to get the second list longer than your first one.