Getting motivated can be the most difficult part. Have you ever found yourself saying “I am going to get up off this sofa and get started on cleaning, laundry, de-cluttering, as soon as I am done playing on facebook, reading blogs, playing this game, as soon as this show is over?“ The time we spend thinking about what needs to be done takes up a lot of energy and wastes time. So what do we need to do to get started?
I love it when I have the day or even just a morning to get some work done in my home. Today I am home for the day. Heaven!!! Okay, I am going to get myself dressed so I can tackle some chores that have been neglected lately. Be right back!!
Okay, I am back, dressed, made my bed and put away some clothing that had accumulated over the week, got the laundry sorted out and have the dishes soaking in water.
Do you like to make lists? I am a list maker and love to cross those things off my list. This is my list so far.
I don’t like it to be too overwhelming as I tend to do more than is actually on the list anyway. I am a multi-tasker and like to have a number of things going on at once. I love being productive and when I am cleaning and de-cluttering I am actually in my happy place.
Okay, so I am working on the dishes and there are a lot of them. I have to admit they are from the last few days and I do not have a dishwasher. I am the dishwasher. I am doing them in stages between writing, texting and tackling some of these other things on my list. Hmmm?? What to cook for today? I have a plan for lunch, using up some leftovers and cleaning out the fridge too (yes, not on the list but it all works together). I am going to make some chili with some frozen cooked hamburger and quinoa I have in my freezer. It will be yummy!!
I love when I can use my crockpot which I only use when I am planning to be home for a period of time as it doesn’t have a timer. This might be a good investment though as it would be awesome to come home to the smell of a ready made meal especially after a busy day. I have had a jar of roasted red peppers on my counter for awhile now (expiry date May 2015) and I just found a recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Pasta and added it to my favourites. Perhaps, I could make this later this weekend. I am getting a little distracted here but it is all part of the big picture.
Dishes are done, just in time to create a whole new batch. I love cooking and creating with clean counters and no dishes in the sink. I love having leftovers too which can mean easy meals and more time to spend doing other things. I am seeing myself getting outside, cleaning up my yard a bit and enjoying Mother Nature in bloom. Also, I have a plan to get on my bike and making this a routine as I am planning to go on a “Ride Don’t Hide” Bike ride this summer. (its a fundraiser for mental health) Excited!!
I have made my chili and crossed a few things off my list but have a change in plans for today. My sister just invited me to go out for sushi so as much as I would love to stay home and work on my home, relationships are important to me too. So, the work can wait, there will be more opportunities later today or over the weekend to get things done.
Back home now with a full belly so I am not feeling as motivated as I was.
I feel happy with what I have done today, got some things crossed off my list, had a lovely visit with my sister and have the rest of the weekend to enjoy. Yes, I still need to gather some tax info (ugh!!) but will do it and I cannot find the wood glue for the life of me so may need to break down and purchase some. You know what will happen though, don’t you, yes, I will find it shortly after I purchase it.
Here are some great tips that can help with motivation:
- Schedule Time to Organize and Clean even if it is just 15 minutes at a time. Clear a staging area, Keep, Donate, Sell, Recycle, Throw Away.
- Just Get Started. This can be the hardest part but once you get going you might find that you are on a roll. Thinking about it can take more energy than just doing it.
- Do the more difficult task first and when you have the most energy. This way the rest of the tasks will be a breeze.
- Make a list. See mine above. It works for me but it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. Do what works for you.
- Avoid Distractions. Turn off your cell phone, computer and television. Turn off notifications so that you do not have the temptation to check new messages especially if it is difficult to get back to the task at hand.
- Listen to some upbeat music. Working while a particular song is playing or keeping focus while a CD plays can be really helpful. I often listen to a CD when I do some sewing. When it is done, its time to get up and make a tea and have a stretch.
- Use a timer. Work at a particular area for 10 or 15 minutes and see what happens. You could also use a timer to allow yourself a certain amount of time to play on the computer or to relax and then when the time is up its time to get back at it.
- Seasonal Purge. Remember the season is changing so this is a great time to go through the winter boots, coats, scarves and mittens. Clean them up and get rid of anything that is worn out or missing its mate. Put them away all ready for next winter.
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Do you have some great motivation tips that work for you? Please share!