What do you say to running the world instead of scrolling through Facebook all the time? Impossible? You just need to really want it, and apply a few handy tricks. Take a look at my secret ideas and let me know what you think!
1. READ MOTIVATING BOOKS AND BLOGS
There’s nothing more motivating than reading biographies of successful people. If you need to fight procrastination, get some guides, like Motivation. The Method of Six Steps By Michael Pentalon, or Automotivation. Find the Power To Fight by Marzena Jankowska. Read blogs about coaching, like zorganizowani.com, or RowińskaBusinessCoaching. They’ll make your eyes open to simple and checked ways to success, but they’ll also answer the most common question, which sounds: „How should I focus?!”. Watch movies about successful people. I love to get back to TED conferences – they always give me energy to work 😉
2. COLLECT SOME MOTIVATING QUOTES
Simple messages are a lot easier to remember for a human’s brain. Make use of that! Reach for motivating books (see #1 to find out which I recommend) and write down the sentences that you find most motivating. Write them down on your desktop, on the first page of your calendar, or hang them above your bed. My favorite ones are: „What should one do after they’ve fallen down? What kids do: stand up!” by Aldous Huxley and „If you can’t fly, just run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But despite everything – go ahead” by Martin Luther King.
3. LOOK FOR SUPPORT FORM YOUR CLOSE ONES
Talk to someone who also has motivational issues and promise that you’ll support eachother. You can also do the opposite, and ask someone who is perfectly organized to keep an eye on you. Ask about the best concentration methods! 😉 If the problem is serious and you’ve been tackling it for some time now, you can always visit a specialist. Seeing a psychologist is no shame at all. They’ll help you get back on track and solve your problems. Maybe they’re much deeper than you think?
4. HAVE A CLEAR GOAL
No wonder that you can’t get down to running the world, if you don’t even know… what to do that for 😉 State yourself a couple of clear goals and write down a plan of what to do, then stick to it and introduce changes step by step. Try to write clearly, so that even if you come back to your notes after a month you’ll be able to find out what you had in mind 😉
5. DOWNLOAD USEFUL APPS
Apps are a great solution for lazy people! You can download an app which’ll monitor your time spent on social media (SelfControl, for example) or one that’ll remind you about important meetings and the work that you have to do (or maybe old good alarm clock will do? ;)). HabitBull is also a great option – it’ll not only remind you of an upcoming task, but also show you if you’ve accomplished your goals. You’ll see, you’re really going to want to prove to yourself that you can accomplish even a „no sweets” or a „piano lessons” goal 😀
6. MONITOR THE PROGRESS
If you’re planning to jog, monitor your timings in an app, endomondo, for example. Keep track of how many pages of your thesis you’ve written and assess how fast the pile of documents is disappearing from your desk. When you see that your efforts are paying off, you’ll believe that you can fly. There’s no better feeling than crossing out things from a to-do list. I checked it MYSELF! 😉
7. FORCE YOURSELF
Sometimes there’s no other way but to get your … together, and… that’s all 😀 Even if you feel that you might not be 100 % successful, because you don’t feel like working, don’t worry. Do anything and see if being active doesn’t make you happy 😉 It’s a method that Martin Luther King said a lot about (I mentioned his words in #2): do just whatever. Well, even princesses have to get down to work from time to time, don’t they? 😉
8. AWARD YOURSELF
If you monitor the outcomes of your work (like in #6) and are satisfied with them, make sure to award yourself. It’ll make getting down to work easier, as you’ll simply associate it with something pleasant. I recommend a cinema ticket or walk (a donut is a matter of last resort :D). If you train your brain like this, you’ll feel the need for being active. After all, you’re not going to refuse small surprises, right? It’s also going to be harder to shop if you’re aware that you still haven’t done what you were supposed to do 😉
9. DON’T HURRY
Don’t go crazy! 😉 Even if you have like a million chores and don’t have the power to do anything, just focus on one thing and lead this particular thing to completion. Even if you’ll have to force yourself to do it 😉 Remember – one thing at a time. When you see the first outcomes you’ll feel that you have wings to fly 😉 Don’t expect the impossible. You don’t need to conquer the whole world in one day, cleaning your room, making a laundry, sending some messages, or running around the house should be enough.
10. LISTEN TO YOURSELF (AND LET GO FROM TIME TO TIME)
You’re usually very active, you have a job, go dancing from time to time, but today you don’t feel like going jogging or going to the museum? Let yourself have some lazy time. Sometimes everyone needs a while to recharge their batteries! 😉 Just let it go for a while, don’t expect too much of yourself. We’re all just human, so we all have boundaries 😉 Take care of yourself as if you were your own friend. What would you tell her if she told you she was very tired and doesn’t feel like doing anything? 😉