Changing your life depends a lot on the little things, gradually snowballing into the big events that shape our lives. However, those little things can often be very boring or tiring, and because they’re not always that important at first glance, it’s easy to just give up and let things slide.
We’ve all had those moments, but they don’t have to stop us from taking control and achieving our goals! When I need extra motivation to push through with certain changes, I rely on these reminders and tricks. Try a few of them out – you’ll see that they make a big difference during the times you’re frustrated.
Do Small Tasks to Get Your Workflow Started
Sometimes, you just need to get the ball rolling. Clear out your desk, or wash the dishes. Delete junk mail. Just give yourself the chance to warm up into more draining tasks, by finishing the smaller things first. You’ll eventually get into the groove of busying yourself for the rest of the day.
Another benefit of starting small tasks is that your mind was previously at rest, and those tasks are a way of “waking” it up and making it more alert. This is why some people do light exercise early in the morning – by jump starting their body, their mind becomes more active!
Finish the Easiest Thing on Your To-Do List First
Some people advise that you tackle the hardest thing first, but personally, I think this is a bad idea. If you’re struggling with finishing that one hard task, you may feel like you wasted the rest of your day by being unproductive.
Give yourself some successes to anchor your motivation into, by accomplishing the easier things. You can then use those little victories to remind yourself that you’ve already gotten a lot out of the way, so you might as well take care of the rest.
Embrace Failure as A Part of Change
When we fail at something, there’s often an impulse to quit. We feel humiliated when we fail because it means we fell short. However, falling short is part of the process of changing your life. You won’t always get it right. Avoid letting your failures keep you from trying harder! When you keep working on it and develop the skills you need, your failures will gradually turn into successes, and the things you found impossible will be doable!
It’s all well and dandy to rest, but idle time is completely different. The problem when you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed or just flipping through channels is that you can get stuck doing that for hours without even noticing. Before you know it, the whole day has gone by!
Keep yourself from falling into that trap by setting limits on your socmed use. You can download timer apps that won’t let you access social media outside certain periods. You can also hide your remote somewhere less accessible, like a high shelf. This will give you more time for things to do!
Reflect On Your Reasons for Change
When you feel lost, think about why you’re starting this journey in the first place. That’s one of the biggest, strongest motivators you can have for sticking to your path. Spend some time in your day re-centering yourself and doing some soul-searching about what those changes would mean for your future. This is especially helpful when you’ve been feeling stuck for a while.
The good thing about these tips is that they’re all about taking it slow, being good to yourself, and giving yourself room for growth. Even a little bit of growth will lead to a big change, so be patient and keep going! Your persistence will eventually pay off!