piątek, 3 października 2014

10 great ways to stay motivated and get things done | Part II

Make things happen

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In my last postI presented you 5 ways to motivate yourself to get work done. Today I’ll share the second part of that post with my other 5 favourite methods, but this time they are easier to adopt in life. ;)

6.    Surround yourself with positive and motivating people

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It should not surprise you that people around us influence our behaviour and the way how or what we think. So if you really want to be motivated, surround yourself with people who will help you with that – who inspire and motivate you, who believe in you and support you, those who will lift you higher! This way you not only are motivated for a while, but you’ll become a motivated person for a longer period of time. Working with other motivated people, as well as observing their actions and behaviours can positively affect our approach to the task and motivate us more. They spread a positive energy around themselves, which will easily make you want to experience the same, so you’ll follow their example, pursuing your goal in this way.

But on the other hand, you should avoid negative people who only make you feel bad and who are toxic to your motivation. We all know at least one person that makes us feel tired or emotionally exhausted. They criticize, complain, say other unpleasant things or simple suck all energy from us telling about their problems over and over again. They’ll only waste your time and make you unmotivated to do anything, so stay away from them!

7.    Small task first

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This method is my favourite, because it helps me almost every time and it’s sort of a psychological „trick”. ;) When you must do something, but you don’t want to, decide that you will spend only a few minutes on dealing with that… because it’s enough time to get you moving. It will be much easier for you to start working, if you know that you don’t have to commit a huge amount of time. It doesn’t have to be something complex – just start with a smaller task, e.g. make a “To-Do List” or clean up your mailbox. Once you take the first step and start working, you’ll probably exceed those few minutes and you won’t even notice that you spent more time that you planned at the beginning. And the best part about this is that you will go with the “flow” (you will just get your creative juices flowing). Maybe something will suddenly inspire you and you will not want to stop? It's the first step that's always the hardest, so when you have it behind you, you will be ready and willing to go one step further and do the next task. Because here’s the thing: you start with something small and during the working process you gain the motivation to continue the action and you are craving for more. It’s better to start slowly with something smaller, than not work at all...

8.    Remove distractions and avoid time killers

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Let’s be honest, how many times a day do you check what’s happening on Twitter or Facebook? You peek at your phone every moment, because you constantly receive notifications about new emails or messages? A friend sent you a link to video on YouTube and after you decide to see it (even if only 3 minutes long), you waste your time watching other videos… for the next half an hour? Yes, we have to struggle with such distractions every day… and unfortunately we succumb to them!
All of these distractions not only switch our attention from the important issues, but also steal our time, that we should spend on things that matter. I know exactly how it is, I turn on the web browser with the intention of checking only a few things and after a while it turns out that 2 hours just passed by… and I don’t know what exactly I have been doing. And the guilt that I could have made a better use of this time is not pleasant at all…
So if you really have to do a task, you need to focus your attention on your goal and avoid all the distractions as much as possible! Do you have to write an article before a deadline? Turn off your web browser! Have you decided not to eat sweets? Don’t keep them within easy reach  - if there is no sweets near you, you won’t eat them. Have you been trying to study for an exam, but everything around you disturbs you? Clean up the mess on your desk (or in your room) or go to the quieter place, like a library  (changing your environment can help your motivation too!). Of course things that distract you (e.g. music) can be motivating for others and can increase their productivity. Write down all the distractions that consume your time with all honesty and avoid them like the plague! 

9.    Reward yourself


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We all like rewards, don’t we? Especially if they are given to us for hard work. That’s why it’s good to make use of their motivational potential - give yourself rewards for your effort not only after you reach your big end goal, but also when you complete a smaller task from your “To Do List”. Because why not celebrate smaller success? Reward yourself for every step of the goal you achieved… and it doesn’t have to be big! Did you  clean up the whole apartment? You deserved to watch your favourite TV show! Lost 5kg? It’s time for a new pair of jeans! Did you prepare properly for an exam? Go out with friends to a party! It’s better to give yourself greater rewards for achieving the end result or for more demanding tasks. It’s up to you what reward you enjoy the most and what motivates you even more to keep working.

And last, but not least:

10.    Inspire yourself every day

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As Jim Rohn once said, "Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot". I know it sounds brutally, but it’s so true! We often need something more than motivation alone, especially with the creative work when we need an inspiration as well. Even if we are highly motivated, we can be stuck in place because of lack of creative vein. And because prevention is better than cure, look for inspirations on a daily basis. There are so many ways to get inspired, just look around! Some of my recommendations:

  • Read inspiring books, e.g. about self-development, coaching or motivation, as well as those ones full of inspiration, thereby causing an avalanche of new ideas, which only help you to build motivation.
  • In point 6 I wrote that you should surround yourself with positive people, but nothing stands in your way to observe the most successful ones as well, such as Steve Jobs and  Walt Disney  or other individuals from the field you want to develop your skills. Check out their biographies and analyze a case study of their achievements. By the way, did you know that Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star Newspaper because his editor thought he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."? How funny is that?!
  •  Watch videos on TED with great speeches on the topics you are interested in, or even about motivation, and you will be inspired very quickly. What’s more, this way you can see how good presentations should look like and how to keep your audience’s attention.
  • You probably use the computer every day, so find the most inspirational quote (I mean, the one, that inspires you the most) which will be your motto and set it as a motivating wallpaper on your desktop. After you look at it a few times you will be repeating it like a mantra which will motivate you to take action. Below is an example. :)

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Congrats! You made it to the end! :)

It’s very important to realize that YOU are the master of your own life - you are in control of what happens to you and it’s up to you how you want to lead your life and career. All you have to do is stop making excuses and take responsibility for your own results. And believe me or not, nothing comes for free.

What other methods motivate you and make you stay on track? Share your experiences with me in comments below! :)

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