By Anne Kelly, President of Junonia
www.junonia.com Active Style, Everyday, Everywhere in sizes 14-6X
My friend Katy is nothing like me. When she wants to get something done, she puts a plan on paper and simply follows it! Whether it is a diet, or a plan to walk the 3 day Komen Breast Cancer walk, she just does it. For her the motivation is in the decision. She doesn’t see it as a virtue, it’s just the way she is.
I’m SO not that disciplined. I resist, I whine, I find ways to NOT do what I say I want to do. But I suspect Katy is rare, and most of us need an occasional boost or push. So I asked several friends for their top tips for staying motivated and on task.
If you find yourself getting off plan, give one of these a try!
- I usually take a little break and move my brain to something totally unrelated - like solving a sudoku or taking a short walk. It helps me refresh my perspective and restart my engine. Nancy
- Hmmmm....sometimes for me it's just that the guilt becomes so intense, I can't take it anymore...but I suspect that is NOT what you are looking for... I'll keep thinking... Jane
- I tell myself I only need to put in the next 15 minutes and I can stop. Once you get started, of course you may do much more. Vicki
- I write down the steps. Talk to x, sign up for y, buy z supplies, schedule one hour this weekend to meet with a… Break down the tasks and just do the first one. I get real relief if I’m moving ahead at all. Vicki
- I like the reward system. If I get something done I give myself a reward. Mary
- I also use distraction, but I set a limit on how long I “distract” myself. Mary
- I find I have to switch gears when I am feeling uninspired and tired. So I do something different for a short limited time, like taking a walk or washing the dishes. That usually refreshes my mind. Kay
- If I am still feeling blah, I promise myself to work for a very short time, like 45 minutes or an hour. Once I start the task, it usually lasts longer than 45 minutes. That is how I got my holiday cards out. Kay
- I forced myself to sleep last night and get back on schedule. So, my recommendation is… GET SOME SLEEP!
- I realized I work too much. To counterbalance the workaholic addiction my boyfriend and I do not work on Sundays. Not at all. Not one smidge. We eat breakfast in jammies, talk, make love and take a mini mental vacation. I then feel ready to jump into the week. Susan
- I find that meeting two or three creative friends for coffee-- early in the morning and talking-- always revs my engine. Plus we always come away saying "Why don't we do that more often". Susan
- When I feel unmotivated, it is often because I am using only part of my brain, usually only the left rational side. Instead of a push--- I pull back and escape completely..see a movie, play some music, read a book, workout for at least a few hours and sometimes even longer. I come back to the task with a more endorphin-filled attitude. Jeanne
- I find organizing something helps me get back on track; a closet, my finances, the kitchen. It de-clutters my mind as well as my house. Susan