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In the past, I have written many outfit posts, where I solely talk about outfit details. However, I want to take my posts to the next level and merge my outfit posts with motivational tips to help YOU succeed. I've read/watched/tried MANY self-help motivational tactics and I want to tell you what I have learned over the years.
Today's post is about how to stay motivated. I am a creator for both my job and my blog. Therefore, I have to be my own boss and I have to drive my own projects. The hardest part about this is finding the motivation to keep going when projects fail and no one is telling you to keep trying. This post includes five tips that I follow when I need to stay motivated along with some outfits to help you keep grinding.
1. Keep a Bullet Journal
I know bullet journals have been taking over the internet, but I swear they work so well! You don't have to create beautiful pages and deck out your journal (although please do if you want!). I am personally not an artist and can't make my pages look as good. But, I use my journal to keep track of my monthly, weekly, and daily goals, blog posts, projects, etc. The big difference between my bullet journal and many others is that I write my to-dos for the next day at NIGHT. That way, I know exactly what I need to do in the morning and I can get right to it when I wake up. This prevents me from wasting 30 mins during my peak productivity hours figuring out what to do that day. A specific post for bullet journaling will be coming soon.
2. Dress To Impress
How you feel about yourself plays a huge role in how motivated you will be. If you're feeling confident, it will surely reflect in your work. One way to achieve this is to always get dressed even if you are working at home or just holing up in the library all day. Here are two outfits that are perfect for both working and looking like a confident boss lady.
3. Exercise Consistently
Exercising is so important for keeping your mind fresh and charged. Every time you work out, your brain releases stimulants that improves your mood. These help you stay happier, relaxed, and even increases your energy levels! I find that exercising is the perfect way to de-stress and to muse over work-related issues without any distraction. It is also the perfect opportunity to listen to lively music that may have been distracting for work. (Workout playlist and my workout routine in future post).
Most motivational websites advise to work out in the mornings, but I personally believe you should work out at the hour that works best for you. I like working out at night because it is my time to pump out the stress and I don't feel the need to go back to work because I already finished my workday. No matter what your schedule is, it is important to work out multiple times a week at a set schedule! Working out once a week will not give you the desired effects.
4. Maintain a Schedule
Along side maintaining consistency in your workout routine, having a set and stone daily schedule is just as important. When you have a schedule that works for you, you will spend less time worrying about how the day is going to go and you can just focus on getting your work done. Don't forget to schedule in some down-time as well. Your mind and body need a break to achieve maximum productivity. Again, a post on scheduling will be out soon.
5. Surround Yourself with Inspiration
Cliché - I know. But I'm serious. Set some time everyday to gain inspiration in the form of in-person communication and through online (or paper) resources. Find people that you can grab coffee with to talk about your work. The best ideas come after being able to bounce them off somebody. You will be able to notice more when you speak verbally about it and gain insight on your project. Also, set aside time everyday to look for inspiration online - whether it be in the form of Pinterest boards, reading articles, newsletters, etc. Whatever it may be that suits your field the best. Do it. Most importantly, set aside some time afterwords to PROCESS the new information. Mindless browsing is equivalent to not browsing at all.
If you like these types of posts, please let me know down below in the comments! I hope these tips can help you stay motivated in your everyday life.