Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Let's Talk About Self- Motivation And Procrastination... Later...

We're all guilty of it. We find ourselves sitting down on a comfy seat knowing that we should be doing something else but we can't seem to bring ourselves to do it. The TV, book, magazine and pretty much everything around us looks so much more appealing then what we are meant to be doing...

I confess I've been pretty bad with procrastinating lately- especially at the weekends. I find myself so tired that I don't really feel like doing much and nothing sounds more appealing then lying about for the two days that I have off.

The problem is you can't finish something if you don't even start it.

Whenever you find yourself procrastinating, imagine a room that you are trying to redecorate. When you started off, you had good intentions- you started stripping the paper and thought about what design you would use but then, after realising how daunting the job was, you started putting it off. Whenever you are trying to put off doing something that needs to be done, think of that undecorated room in that house. Think of the scruffy walls and the paper that is half hanging off. Think on how dreary that room is and depressing.

Your project is that room. It is waiting for you to work on it and it's not going to sort itself out! Whenever you are putting something major off, think of that room then get to it!


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It doesn't make you a bad person to put things off- we all do it- but sometimes we just need to find the motivation to actually do things.

Here are a few ways to get yourself into gear!

  1. Give yourself a deadline- this works well for some people and for some people this seems to put them off more! Jot down what you want to have done by a particular date in a diary, on a computer or on a calendar. Make sure that it can be seen so that it's a constant reminder!
  2. Make someone hold you accountable for your project- this kind of links in with the first one but if you tell someone, whether it be friend, family member or even a neighbour what you're doing and when for. Doing this leaves you with two choices: do what you said you were going to do or struggle to think of excuses on why you haven't done it every time they ask.
  3. Set yourself some form of daily or weekly count- doing this forces you to run a certain amount of miles, write a certain number of words or stitch a certain number of stitches. The only problem with this one is that it is fairly easy to cheat with weekly ones! I hold my hands up: I've done it a few times- I guess this one just depends on how strict you are on yourself.
What are your ways of getting motivated? Do you have any suggestions to share? Have you already tried any of these and did they work? Feel free to share your ideas below!