Time to get motivated
January is already here. To give yourself the best chance of success, start planning for February when you’re back in the swing of things and ready to follow through.
To give yourself a push start – here are your 7 tips on how to self-motivate:
- Set goals
By setting goals you’ll know exactly what it is you want to achieve. Sub-goals enable you to have small wins along the way. When you have a direction to follow and a sense that you are on the right track, it can be very motivating to continue toward the goal.
- Break tasks into smaller pieces
Do one piece at a time and celebrate each milestone. Putting together an entire forward planning presentation for the year may seem overwhelming but you can get there by doing a little at a time.
- Share your goal
Research shows that we are more likely to actually act on our intentions if we tell someone about it. By building in accountability we can increase motivation to complete the task.
- Manage your time
It is very motivating if you feel like you are in control of your work and not that it is controlling you – so practise time management techniques to prioritise and take control.
- Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today
It is normal not to feel like doing tasks that are of lesser interest, even though we know they have to be done. Motivation is increased when those not so desirable tasks are out of the way. So don’t procrastinate.
- Reward yourself
Make an agreement with yourself to give yourself a reward when you complete a task. It can be as simple as making time just for you or going to a movie or getting a massage. Make sure you take that reward!
- Don’t go it alone
If you are still finding it difficult to get motivated, then it might help to talk it through with someone you trust.
You could also try talking to a counsellor, who can help you to work out which motivating strategies will work best for you.
Call us on 1800 818 728 to arrange an appointment.