As the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Procrastination,’ I have found myself in quite a slump as of late. The smallest tasks, however menial, seemed daunting and impossible to achieve and I fell behind in all areas of my life.
It’s been extremely difficult to get back on track, but over time I have been able to very slowly pull myself out of the rut and change the way that I was living on a daily basis. Here are some of the hints and tips I have learned that have helped me along the way.
1. Get up at a reasonable time. Have a shower. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. (Thanks to Ray for this – it’s possibly the most important, the most obvious and the least overlooked).
2. Get some sleep. Where possible (and this is easier said than done for people who are parents and those who work long hours), try and get as much sleep as possible. The more tired you are, the less likely you are to remain motivated.
4. Break things down into small steps. Instead of looking at the big picture, work out the small things that you need to do now, today.
5. Tackle just one task at a time. Trying to juggle too many tasks in one go will become overwhelming. Start a task, finish the task, then move onto something else.
6. Do things when they need to be done. Don’t allow yourself to sit down with the idea of ‘doing it later.’ The quicker you start, the quicker you’ll finish. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to truly relax until it’s finished anyway!
7. Ask for help. If someone joins you in a task, whether it is cleaning, working out or organising something, it is more likely to be done in a shorter amount of time and you’ll almost certainly have more fun doing it!
8. Create the ultimate playlist. Music is an integral part of my daily life, and I have a playlist of songs that genuinely pump me up and make me happy.
9. Get excited about it! Try and gain inspiration from other people – talk to them and ask for advice. Try and see the benefits that are to be gained from completing something rather than focusing on the negative.
10. Read about it. If I’m not sure how to begin something, I’ll search for articles about the same subject. I’m always left feeling inspired afterwards.
11. Find places and activities that inspire you. This could be a building, a park, a museum or your local coffee shop. It could be a dance class, a book reading or a film. Whatever it is, visit and/or participate.
12. Reward yourself! If you know there is a positive reward at the end of it, you’re more likely to push yourself.
13. Remember that it is ok to fail. Fear of failure is often reason for not doing something at all. If you fail – stop and start again.
14. Don’t initially set the bar too high. If fear of failure is a barrier to achieving your goal, lower your sights and build it up.
What about you guys? Have you got any useful hints and tips for motivating yourself when you are in a slump?
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Start the day (even if it is the weekend) with a shower and GET DRESSED…. shoes too. For me this just really keeps me from lying around…
Absolutely! I might just edit my post after your comment – thanks Ray!
Glad to help out! I dealt with a depressed spouse for 15+years…. Nothing I tried to help her seemed to work. She had to fix herself… I couldn’t fix her.
Absolutely. I’ve been known to have dealings with the black dog myself and I’m the only one that could sort it out, despite having brilliant support…
At least you know that! Good for you. 🙂
Thanks! How’s things with you Ray – got everything sorted now?
Not quite yet…. getting there though. Waiting on my (still lazy) soon-to-b-ex’s signature on the separation agreement, even though we’ve been separated for over a year now…. Story of my life with her…
At least you’re getting there. How’s the kids?
Kids are fantastic! Life is good. I am a different person from this time a year ago. It will all be fine in the end. I’m in a wonderful place in life here. 🙂 Thank you for asking. 🙂
You’re welcome – I’ve not been on here much over the last few months and haven’t seen many of your posts, so it’s been really nice to catch up!
My blog has quieted down a lot. It served its purpose when life was crazy. I still blog every now and them but I have different things I’m focusing on now these days. Not a bad thing. 🙂
Definitely – I’ve been the same as work took over everything!
I think I would miss my joggers too much, but a good way to get around it! x
I send most of my life dressed as a teenage buy, but it’s better than wearing jammies all day!
Agreed with #8 for sure – the right music can make all the difference!
definitely! I have always said that it is music that makes the world go round!
Or dress up as Batman, he’s never unmotivated.
Awesome. I’d probably look a bit of a numpty wearing that to work, but I could give it a go!
Music is my saving grace. I also read Writer’s Almanac daily which provides short bios on writers who typically had to struggle and overcome obstacles.
I see it the same with waking up at a reasonablel time, also at week-ends. Okay, during the week I have to get up at 5.30 a.m.. so it should be later on days off. Then, I usually set my alarm clock at 9 a.m. It simply makes me grumpy to lose so much of a precious day off, just staying in bed. And this early getting up instead motivates from inside out to do something “that has to be done”.
All very practical life strategies, Suzie. My problem is getting bogged down in the crises and emergencies which always pop up and kill my motivation, organization, and diet.
A wonderful list!
Allow me add this step ‘Pray’. Suzie, thanks for liking ‘show of solidarity.
Great list that will prove useful if procrastination doesn’t kick in first!
One of the best hints I ever read was, when you have something that has to be done, that you really don’t want to do, at least start it right now. That means that if all you do is open a file on the computer and give it title, do it. Once you start a task it plants a seed in your brain that will nag you to finish it making it more likely you will.
The next best hint was: if a task takes less than a minute do it NOW.
Thanks for visiting my blog. It was good to be led to yours.
Thanks Pete thats great advice! Thanks so much for your comment!
You mean I have to get dressed! I have a problem with this, I often blog in my pj’s!! Which can be embarrassing when the postman/avon lady comes round. Maybe you have a point!!
Haha! If it makes you feel any better, it’s my day off today and I’m in my sweat pants…
What no suit and tie, shame on you Suzie!!
I haven’t worn a tie since school thank goodness! I hated them – I can see why so many men complain about them!
Me neither, wretched things! Dual meaning not intended!
I love #8. I heartily recommend music to work by and to workout by! It’s a great way to stay motivated even when you feel like the chips are down and things are against you.
Thank you!i have to have music playing when I’m doing pretty much anything as motivation – my brain wanders otherwise!
I need to get motivated today… but it’s the first day of my holidays… don’t… think… I… can… move…!
Haha! Yeah, I remember that it used to take me a few days to get into holiday mode after a long term… Are you all set now?
Im still knackered! Need to get through Christmas so I can relax xxx
Haha! I’m doing the opposite – relaxing now and then having to double everything up after Boxing Day
Lol! Was a panic rush to do things on Thurs and Fri . My parents came yesterday and go back today. We have hubby’ s cousins cone today with their dog until boxing day and in boxing day itself we have to drive to Letchworth to my sus in laws family.. . Then I can relax! Phew!!!!!
Wow! That’s crazy haha! I’m staying in the same spot as I currently am all day and not moving on principle…
I wish I could…