Published: 19th February, 2016
It’s a New Year, which means most of us have had a long break off school, college, university and work. I thought I’d help you get back into the swing of things by sharing some ways to help you get motivated.
Firstly, like most people I do often find myself procrastinating but I have found a few effective ways to motivate myself to start and complete tasks. Below are four ways that have helped me to motivate myself.
Number 1: Make Lists
Making lists every morning is a great way to see what you actually want to do that day. Try to keep the list short and specific as making the list too long will make it overwhelming. Making it specific will mean you know exactly what needs to be completed.
It also gives those tasks a deadline to work to. Parkinson’s Law states: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. This means that no matter how long the deadline is the task will take that long.
Actually write the list. Don’t just make mental notes of the tasks, write them down or publicly tell people about them and the deadline for it.
Number 2: Focus on ONLY one task
I feel that this point is one of the most important parts of actually getting the task done. By focusing on only one task at a time I have found that it is easier and less time consuming to complete the task because there are no distractions allowing yourself to solely concentrate on that one task.
In one of Travis Neilson’s emails, he said: “Choose one thing to do today and ignore everything and everyone until it’s done.”
By focusing on one task at a time, you are more likely to finish that task quicker so you can make more time for fun things and socialising with friends.
Number 3: Do things in short stints
You may have heard this before but typically we can only concentrate for 20 minutes. One way to keep yourself motivated is to mix your day up between the task you need to do and your hobbies.
I tend to do the tasks on my list in short stints to maximise my efficiency and to allow time in between to relax and re-energise.
Number 4: Reflect on your day
Finally, it’s important to reflect on what you have done that day. This allows you to see what you have achieved. I’ve found that the best way for me to do this is to write them down in a diary. Every night before I go to bed, I write down the tasks I have completed that day in a short sentence with a small illustration next to it.
I hope this post helps you motivate yourself. Have any tips of your own? Comment them down below.