Two of my previous three posts are about me being back from an extended absence on this blog, and I couldn’t bear to do another one, so instead, after this short post introductions, I’ll give you something with value instead of empty promises of coming posts!
This is where my focus lies now, trying to get and stay motivated, without it, you’ll end up doing what I’ve been doing; I’m back posts with nothing in between!
Getting motivated isn’t so hard, but staying consistently motivated can really be a challenge. I’m still working on it myself, so I figured I would share a few of the ways I get motivated.
It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like, but find the one that is for you and turn it up! I listen to quite a mix depending on my mood, from hip hop, to rock, to top 40, and even classical and dance music. If it’s something that can get you excited, moving, happy or relaxed, it can be a good fit to getting you motivated to reach your goals.
This is one of my favorites, I drive a lot, and I love it. Sometimes I take detours to get where I’m going to pass by certain places that I like to see, whether it’s for the scenery or to reminisce about something in the past, it helps me think about things, and often will leave me thinking about my plans for the future and get me wanting to work on them.
Usually the goal for us webpreneurs is to get motivated to work, but a lot of time, working can be its own motivation. The more you achieve, the more you want to keep going, that’s usually when things are going good, or you’ve solved what seems to have been a tough problem. When things aren’t going well, or you’re stuck with technical issues or writers block, then maybe it’s time to move on to another motivator.
I was never a big reader, but in the past few years I’ve started reading more, from books, to magazines, to blog posts. It can be encouraging to read about other’s successes, and you can also learn from their failures. You do need to be careful not to read too much and instead of getting motivated to do anything, you just end up reading your time away. Try setting specific times for reading, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day or a couple of hours a week.
Discussing my plans and goals with my friends and family has always been motivating to me, there is no better feeling than explaining your plans, achievements and goals to someone who cares and is encouraging. Just make sure you surround yourself with people who truly care and that are positive but will also call you out when something may not be right. There is usually that one person that shares a similar vision or understands better than others, take that person for lunch, coffee or something and you will feel like working right after!
sometimes, you just need to be alone with pen and paper, and just think and write. I have sat outside on my patio for hours alone putting my thoughts down on paper, it’s something I would like to do more of but between working and the family life with 2 small children, it’s a hard to get the alone time, but it’s something I definitely need/want to do more.
Those are some of the ways I get motivated, and I try to do a little of each every day if I can, hoping to stay motivated, so I can keep going and reach my goals!