In a previous blog post, we spoke about the benefits of a routine on your productivity. We touched on how making a plan can be a great way to make a start on acknowledging what you want to achieve – the same applies in regards to motivation.
Taking a few minutes out of your day to sit and focus on a plan can be beneficial in terms of staying motivated. Having a visualisation of your day and seeing what you need/want to get done can be a kick-starter in getting them done.
If you’re not a fan of lists, try a mind map or timeline. The point is to get your tasks written down somewhere so you can get to grips and prioritise things you want to get on with.
Now that you’ve got your tasks planned out, it still might feel overwhelming. First of all, try breaking them up into small chunks of 20 minutes.
During those 20 minutes, focus solely on that task – no phones, no snacks, just you and that task. You could set a timer or download an app on your phone or laptop that locks you out of certain apps or website. This can help with self-control.
If 20 minutes doesn’t appeal to you, you could always try the 2-minute rule. It’s the same principle, but the idea is that once you get started and the 2 minutes is over, you’ll find that you naturally want to continue the task because you’ve already started it. You’d be surprised at what you can get done within those few minutes!
After you’ve completed a 20-minute segment, take a quick 5–10-minute break. Again, we would encourage you to stay off your phone as this time is allotted to staying away from a screen. Instead, you could go for a brisk walk, do some stretches or get a refreshment of some kind. This break gives your brain a chance to re-set and refocus, ready for the next 20 minutes!
If the 20:5 ratio doesn’t work for you, that’s okay! Everyone’s attention spans and concentration differs. You can experiment with different lengths of focus and break times- but essentially, you follow the pattern of work, break, work, break until you finish your intended task(s).
Congratulations! You’ve got to the bottom of your checklist!
But now what?
Here at #YesSheCan, we like to celebrate all accomplishments, big or small! So reward yourself for completing that thing you’ve been putting off for weeks, or treat yourself for getting out the house.
It’s up to you what you want to celebrate, but allowing yourself to enjoy your hard work will do wonders for your motivation because your setting up a reward cycle and you slowly start to train your brain into thinking that getting things done will be more rewarding than avoiding them!
As with most things, getting a good night’s sleep makes all the difference when speaking about motivation.
Your mood will be boosted, and you’ll have more energy to focus and get things done. Having a routine can help your body learn when to power down, aiding you in getting a better sleep.
As well as keeping our energy up, we need to take time to do things we enjoy outside of working. Not only will this let us have space away from our work, but it will help us to be motivated and want to pursue our work when we get back.