I juggle a job, a blog, a personal life and regular workouts. In the mean time I try to cook as often as I can, watch Netflix, do housework, read books and do lots of other things on the side. Sometimes it’s just good to go back to basics and regroup and think of how I keep doing it all. These are my tips & tricks to staying motivated and remaining productive.
Motivation & productivity | Tips & tricks
Rule no. 1 to keep going is to unplug, unwind and literally do nothing for a change as well. My no. 1 tip to staying motivated and productive is to plan downtime. What downtime is differs per person. But for me that is a cup of tea, a bag of chocolate cookies and a book/ tv series/ youtube videos. I need to do that at least once a week to prevent a complete energy drain. It’s usually times when I do ‘nothing’ i.e. vacations or days off that I get the most ideas for blog posts and the like.
Tip no. 2 would be to do things you love. Doing things you actually enjoy doing makes life so much easier. I love my job, I love blogging and I love going to the gym. These are things I like making time for. In fact, whenever I’m not working, blogging or going to the gym, I often find myself uneasy if I go without it for a while. For instance, due to the move, I still have to find a gym in my new home town. So regular workouts are currently out of the question and I find myself lusting after a good bodycombat class.
My third tip would be to have a routine. I like taking 30 – 60 minutes out of my day to blog. So I plan that into my day and have developed my night time routine around it. I can’t sit on the couch doing nothing knowing I still have a blog to write, so I like doing that in the early evening, right after dinner, or first thing in the morning on my days off. That way, I no longer have to ‘worry’ about something going live. I also like having a packed lunch at the ready at night and lay out clothes and makeup to have an easier start to my day as well.
To stay productive, I like to have a bit of a plan as well. I am not big on to do lists, but I plan out my blog posts and videos each week ahead of time and I do something similar at work. I will plan my activities and will ‘reward’ myself when I’m done. That way I can also keep a balance between busy and slow times as well. Whether it’s leaving work early to grab a Starbucks at the station, to buying a new eyeshadow palette or just having a nice little lie in: the options are endless, but having a little treat yourself moment every now and again is a must.
I am generally a person who is easy to motivate, but having a set goal in mind always makes life easier. I found it easier to save up money, knowing it would be put towards the move. I find it easier going to the gym and making healthy food choices when I notice it works and I am losing weight and feeling more fit and healthy. Having that pair of pants to fit into or that one event to look forward to, also helps to keep the eye on the horizon and get stuff done.
What do you do to stay motivated and productive?