I am innately lazy. The president of Procrastination Nation. The Queen of excuses and I’ll-just-do-it-tomorrow phrases. But if I want to progress in work and life, I need to find strategies that will help break myself away from putting things off, because if I didn’t, I would never get anything done. Ever.
My days are usually so busy with blog work (and now video editing), articles to draft, emails to read and reply to, client meetings or attending events — and so exerting double the effort in my daily tasks is not something new to me. It’s just sometimes, I need a little extra motivation to keep going! Here are the three ways I motive myself to get stuff done:
- Starting my day with a hearty breakfast and a to-do list. One of my favourite times of the day is waking up and enjoying the quiet relaxing morning making breakfast and preparing for my day. Recently I’ve been having avocados on toast and a cup of coffee to fuel and energise me before my day starts. I’ll sit down with my breakfast while I create my to-do list. This simple task gets me in the productive mood, and even though sometimes long to-do lists get daunting.
- Starting with something simple and small to get productivity going. I’ll cross off the simplest task on my list first, just to get the ball rolling. Maybe it’ll be paying my bills online, or scheduling a post, or replying to an email. I find that anytime you start something, it’s hard to stop and before I know it, I’m crossing things off my to-do list left and right!
- And finally, I make deals with myself aka The Reward System. Basically, I’ll remind myself that if I do certain tasks, then I can proceed to reward myself afterwards. Be it big or small, there’s always an equivalent. The bigger the task, the bigger the reward. So for example, I finish 4 big tasks out of 5, I can marathon a TV show on Netflix while binging on Pepero Double Dip!
The Pepero Double Dip comes in two flavours, chocolate and strawberry, and they’re both dipped in white chocolate, hence the “double dip” name. I personally love the strawberry flavour but the chocolate is just as sinful. I love how the chocolate is extra rich and creamy, giving you a pretty good chocolate to stick ratio. They’re currently my favourite thing to snack on.
So far, these three ways I motivate myself has helped me, or else I probably wouldn’t be here blogging for a living. Do you do any of these three as well? What keeps you motivated? I’d love to hear your suggestions and what you think! Let’s chat in the comments below :-)
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Pepero. All thoughts and opinions on this post are personally and entirely my own.