Being motivated 100% of the time is unrealistic. Nobody is motivated every day at every time. What matters is how you deal with the constant drive fluctuations and how you stay focused to reach your goals even when you don’t feel like it. To help you reach your goals, here are my top 10 tips to being successful every day.
1. Start your morning the night before
I normally keep the same morning routine to stay in check. And, I carry it out through the weekend (I know, I’m crazy). Typically, I wake up at the same time, make my bed, brush my teeth, and make a coffee. After that, things are a little different. I will start working on my blog, regular full-time job, or journal. Recently, I’ve been working out in the evenings vs the mornings.
If you can, set a moring routine and structure it for success. For instance, making your bed makes you feel more accomplished. So, take the time to do it every morning no matter how bad you don’t want to. My biggest things in the morning are making my bed, getting out of my PJs (even if it’s for more sweats), and making my morning brew.
2. Get enough sleep
This is a tough one for me — getting enough sleep. When you’re fully rested, you’re able to recover properly, avoid sicknesses, and feel up to par the next day. And, it’s common to be more hungry, irritable, and sometimes a little spacy if you’re constantly feeling tired.
My biggest issue is putting down my phone and stepping away from work. I normally feel inspired enough to keep working on my side hustles throughout the night. But, I know that waking up early (+ rested) benefits me more ~ generally shooting for 8 hours of rest.
3. Go to bed early, and wake up even earlier
Number two and three go hand in hand. If you can, try and go to bed early. That way you’re able to wake up early and get a head start on all your projects. Personally, I am a huge morning person. I feel my most productive in the morning and love to get a head start on all my side projects when I wake up earlier than my full-time job log on time.
I try and wake up at 6 am every morning, even though it doesn’t happen every morning. If it were up to me, I would be up by 5 am every morning. If you know me, then you know I drink a lot of coffee throughout the day (hindering my bedtime) and I tend to sleep through all my alarms. So, this is still a work in progress.
4. Practice mindfulness and gratitude
It can be hard to slow down and take in your surroundings. But, it’s so necessary. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or focusing more ongoing from point A to point B, you most likely aren’t taking in the scenery around you. I’ve been trying to practice morning gratitude by writing out a list of things that I’m thankful and grateful for.
In addition, I’ve been prioritizing working out in the evenings. This is my time to focus on myself, work through what I need to, and put my health first. A little more out of the loop, but I’ve also been trying to cut out drinking and avoid drinking occasions. That helps me progress in my health + fitness goals while making me stay a little more positive.
5. Drink lots of water (especially if you drink coffee)
Drink your water! I aim to drink at least a gallon of water a day. And, I find it hard to complete if I don’t start early in the morning. You almost get in the mindset of; “I’m already behind, I’ll try again tomorrow.” But, no. Try your hardest to meet your goals today rather than accepting failure and trying again tomorrow.
I use this water bottle off Amazon. It’s a half-gallon so I only have to fill it up twice. Oddly enough, that’s a huge win for me. Sometimes it’s rather annoying filling up your water bottle 8+ times a day. To avoid disrupting my workflow, I would sometimes push it off and miss my water drinking goals.
6. Get to know you + your schedule
As you grow into your career, college career, or side hustles, keep track of how long it takes you to do certain tasks. For instance, my full-time job has a few repetitive projects that I learned how long it takes me to complete them. This helps me manage my full-time job schedule and my side hustle schedule.
If you can, try and stay on top of your schedule. Be realistic with your to-do list to avoid overwhelming yourself by prioritizing your daily tasks. If you have some extra time, get ahead on future projects that normally overwhelm you. This can set your anxiety at ease.
7. Put things away after you’re done using them
Love, love, love this. Again, this can be hard to do sometimes. But, as you use things, put them away. That could be the TV remote when you go to bed, put the dishes away once they’re dry, and making your bed once you get out of it. Since moving into my new apartment, I’ve been on top of putting things away, right away.
This applies to your work tasks as well. Before I log off in the evening, I organize my email inbox, write out a to-do list for the next day, and get things organized for the next day.
8. Get moving (in the AM or PM)
Very classic and standard — get your body moving. I used to be a huge morning workout person. But, since moving into my new place, I find myself working late at night. To avoid working too late, I use the gym as a great exit to get out of my place and away from my computer ~ normally heading to the gym between 5-7 pm.
Whether you like to do pilates, weights, or yoga, just get out and spend some time with you and for you. Trust me, motivation isn’t always there. Remember, you never regret a workout, OR at least I haven’t!
9. Take time for yourself every day
Reading, journaling, working on passion projects, or working out are a few ways to spend time on yourself. First, what makes you happy? For me, that’s my side hustles. From my blog to my YouTube channel, I use it as a creative outlet and I love them.
When I get up early in the morning, I will work on my blog until I log on to work. On my lunch, I will work on my blog or YouTube channel, and in the evening I do the same if I have the energy. Whatever works for you, make sure you make time for yourself and your passions.
10. Make goal-setting a daily habit
Set goals for yourself. If you live a busy life or are stuck in a never-ending routine, this can help you get out of your groove. Every month I like to set about 4 to 5 new goals. I write them out on my whiteboard so I can easily check them off as the days go on. This helps me fully visualize how much more I have to complete and by when.
I even like to write out a daily to-do list like it is a goal-setting list. Especially throughout the weekends when you’re continuing to work on side hustles. If you’re struggling with meeting your goals, give yourself a small prize when you complete what you wanted to!
Now, girl (or guy), set yourself up for success! You are in control of your day, your future, and your success. And, nobody will care about your goals as much as you. Get out there and do what you’ve always wanted to do.