Have you been struggling to stay motivated this week? Me too. I’m a pretty eager, motivated, and proactive person by nature. I’m up early every day. I have an organized plan, complete with to-do lists ready to go. I’m up, exercised, dressed, beautified, and out the door every morning by 6:30 am. On a GOOD week, that is… But this week I’ve been struggling to get out of bed. I’ve been hitting the “snooze” button. And I’ve been struggling to stay on task and getting anything done.
If you’re an entrepreneur like me, then you know this decrease in motivation can be detrimental to your productivity. I blame it on the holiday season. All I can think about is traveling, cooking, getting things done around the house, and, yes, eating. And I don’t want to do anything. At all.
However, because I simply CAN’T do this, and I absolutely NEED to get things done for my clients, and here is what I’ve been doing this week to help me stay on task (and hopefully these things can help you, too).
Get Enough Sleep. I realized yesterday afternoon that I’ve been up late the last several nights, and I’ve been expecting myself to get out of bed at 4:45am. Not gonna happen. So last night I went to bed early, caught up some sleep, and it was MUCH easier to get up this morning and get done what I need to. Although this may seem obvious, it’s a simple thing that we often overlook that can make all the difference in your level of motivation and productivity during the day.
Get Moving. Although many groan at the thought of getting up early and exercising, I personally swear by this tactic. Even stretching, doing low-impact aerobics, or a quick 10 or 15-minute jog on a treadmill is enough time to get your blood moving, which can boost cognitive performance, and boost endorphins, which can help you think positive thoughts. Not only can doing this give you a sense of accomplishment, allowing you to start your day off on a good note, all of these can lead to a highly productive and successful day.
Get Up and Do It. If you’re struggling with getting up in the morning like I have been, try simply telling yourself to just get up and do it. Try leaving a motivational quote by your bed side. Upon waking, try reminding yourself what you have to do that day. You can also try telling yourself how great you will feel after you just get up. Remember, getting up is the hardest part of your day. Once you’ve done that, the rest is easy—you just have to get up and do it!
This also goes for the rest of the day… If you are struggling to get things done. If you are staring at a computer screen trying to find enough motivation to do what you need to, or if you have to get on a conference call but are having serious thoughts about rescheduling, remind yourself to suck it up and just do it. You’ll feel that much better about it once you have accomplished it.
Coincidentally, one of the projects that I worked on for a client this week was writing an eBook all on getting motivated. Ironically, I struggled to find the motivation to write it. But I had to start it and power through. After the first few pages, I started to enjoy it, and it got easier. I just finished this eBook yesterday, so I don’t have a link to the published work yet to share with you, but this was my biggest success this week that I wanted to share with you.
All in all, these are real-life examples and things that I have done this week to help me get through the three work days before the holidays really begin. If they work for me, they can work for you, too – if you have the right mindset.
Here’s to a safe, healthy, happy and motivated holiday season!