My story of staying motivated
Sometimes I struggle with staying motivated, especially, if there are not so important tasks that I don’t like doing and if the particular task takes me longer than just half an hour or so. As you already know, dear reader, I am a bit fidgety, not so patient as it would be required most of the time, and I’m easily distracted. These aren’t the best prerequisites for working in law consulting and being a blogger, you might think, and you are totally right!
But the good news is: it is possible even though it takes some effort and discipline. In this post, I share some of my bullet-proofed strategies and tools to stay motivated, so you can stick to your task for more than 30 minutes. This is great because then you are able to finish your tasks on time without feeling burnt out or bored. In my case such feelings lead me towards hating my tasks or topics although I initially loved them.
But first let’s explore why staying motivated can be so difficult:
Why is it so hard to stay motivated?
The main challenge for me is to stay concentrated. Just for clarification: I don’t suffer ADD or something like that, I’m just a fidgeter who has difficulties to stick to one thing because all other things are so interesting, too. By the way, I think there’s not always the need for a diagnosis if you struggle with so-called normal things that others do without problems! It seems a bit en vogue today but I don’t feel the need for that.
3 Easy to follow steps for staying motivated:
1. Fall in love with your task
You have do to it anyway, so you could do it with pleasure, or in other words, don’t do too many things you hate doing. It’s a matter of mindset if you choose to approach the thing you have to do positively or not. In any topic you can find something interesting, for example if you have to learn something new and you struggle with it, you can compare it with something you are familiar with. Or you can pick those things that sound most interesting for you first.
2. Give yourself rewards to increase motivation
I love small rewards – preferably in the form of chocolate. (I’m a confessing addict, as you already know, if you follow me on social media). Take whatever feels good for you. This might be a short walk in nature or a cup of coffee or tea or a chat with a friend. It helps to increase your motivation if there is a small reward waiting at the end of the difficult completion process. Even a small break can be a reward, which leads me to the most important step (at least for my workflow).
3. Block your time and take breaks
I work best if I block out some time in my calendar for various tasks. Within those time blocks I work on a topic for about 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break. This technique is called Pomodoro and if you want to know more about it, you might be interested to read further here.
The small breaks are great for keeping my motivation and give me some time to relax and save energy for concentrating on the next part of my work.
What do you do to stay motivated? Leave a comment below!
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