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It can be so hard to find the motivation to get started on a task and to stay with it, right? Distractions are everywhere and there is just so much to get done everyday it can be very overwhelming. It easier to just ignore it all and go watch Netflix sometimes, right? But- temporary avoidance only can make things worse.
We've put together a list of a few tips and tricks that can help you get motivated to accomplish the things you want to. There is nothing like crossing off project or goal that has been on your to-do list for a while. So, let's get busy and get some stuff done!
Do it even it if you don't feel like it. When there is something you need to do like a project for work or school, or something you want to do like regular exercise, if you waited until you really felt like doing it, you may never even get started. So, go ahead and force yourself. Often once you start and make a little progress, the rewards will provide the motivation to keep going. Do the hard things FIRST. Get them out of the way. When you can start with a WIN like that, the rest of the day feels so much better.
Break down goals into small tasks. It is overwhelming and often debilitating to take on a large goal. Want to get healthy? That's a great goal, but it's to general. What does it mean to get healthy? Eat more fruits and vegetable, perhaps? Even that can be made more specific. How about eating 6 servings of fruits and veggies each day and having one or more strictly plant-based eating days every week? That is specific and measurable which makes it easier to accomplish.
Schedule time for your objectives. If there is something you want to do, but you just can't seem to get around to it, you need to set aside time specifically for that purpose. Actually schedule time on your calendar for it. Everything from working out to organizing all those digital photos that you have taken over the past few years is much more likely to happen if you make an appointment with yourself to do it.
Create rituals. If there is something you want to do consistently - exercise, get to bed on time, engage in a creative pursuit - create a ritual around the behavior. Be consistent and eventually the starting the ritual will be all you need to keep up with the desired behavior. If you are a writer, perhaps you can meditate while diffusing Passion Inspiring Blend before sitting down to write each day.
Boost your dopamine levels. Healthy levels of dopamine can lead to increased motivation. Unfortunately, there are a lot of not so good for you ways to get a quick dopamine boost. Things like sugar, alcohol, addictive media, and drugs all increase dopamine but also have adverse effects. There are plenty of healthy ways to get a dopamine boost though. Foods like bananas, tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and spinach contain dopamine. To be able to use the dopamine in food, you will need to make sure you are getting enough of the amino acid l-tyrosine. You may need to take a supplement to get an adequate amount. You can also boost dopamine through meditation, touch, and by listening to music you enjoy.
Utilize essential oils. Topical and aromatic use of essential oils can increase motivation. Try Clary Sage, Thyme, Oregano, Lemon, Peppermint, Wild Orange, or Motivate Encouraging Blend. Or, apply our Possibility Roller Bottle Blend to your pulse points.
Create accountability for yourself. I'm not just talking about writing a date on the calendar and holding yourself accountable to finish on time. Although, if that works for you, go for it. I like to come up with something that makes me accountable to other people. Perhaps it's just my pride, but I try a little harder to succeed when I know others are watching. Planning to paint the family room? Invite friends over for a party in three weeks. I bet you will get it done. If you have exercise or healthy eating goals, join an online community or post your goals on social media.
What tips do you have to get and stay motivated? I know you all have some tips and tricks up those sleeves. How do you get your stuff done? I'd love to hear about it.
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