Call me crazy, but I’ve found a new love for side hustles and a new interest in building my blog, Instagram, and so much more during this time spent at home. Even though this time has been testing in many different ways, forcing myself to sit inside and take it easy was a blessing in disguise. Oddly enough, I’ve been inspired more than ever and I share my tips on how to say motived even through these times.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a natural introvert. I love to hang out inside by myself to chill, work, or clean up. But, that doesn’t relieve the social pressures of making it to every happy hour and event that takes place in Austin, TX. The constraint pressure has alleviated, and there was time to do more of what you really love ~ and in the comfort of your own home.
While this forces me to be more productive than usual, there are trying times. Below are my favorite ways to get out of a funk and back into a motivated element.
It comes in flows
I completely agree with all y’all ~ sometime you get inspired for a few minutes, and others you’re just not there. Whenever I feel inspired, I try to run with it as long as I can. For the times I’m not motivated, I do some more digging. Am I feeling under the weather? Do I need a rest? Or, am I being a baby and just need to suck it up.
Know how to get in your groove
If I am, or you, need to suck it up, follow a motivational routine. For instance, waking up super early gets me motivated. Coffee gets my creative juices flowing and I like to wear my blue light glasses because then I know it’s GAME TIME. I create an environment that inspires me when I am feeling not so inspired ~ and so should you! Find out what makes you tick and recreate it.
Then, learn how to optimize it
Now, it’s time to really optimize your time. If you read my last post on deep work, you may already know what tips I have up my sleeve. But, I LOVE to task batch. This means you execute the same task during a large chunk of time to keep you in your flow state. For instance, when I really need to knock out blog posts, I will set aside a few hours to write out outlines, a full day to write my blog posts, and another afternoon to edit and schedule my new pieces.
Do what makes you happy
If you’re still feeling unmotivated, really get to the core of this sudden lack. Are you happy doing what you do? Are you doing things throughout the day that make you happy? Is there anything else you could work towards to better your day-to-day? If you’re unhappy with your career choice or if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you may need to take a step back before you take a step forward.
5 Ways to go the extra mile
Now, take the extra step to spark inspiration throughout the day. Oddly enough, when I started my podcast, the one thing that helped me get out of bed early in the morning was my vision board home screen. I found mine on Pinterest, and created my own here (for y’all)! Keep reading for additional tips to kick your butt into gear.
1. Create a vision board to hang in your room
Creating a vision board really helps you imagine what you’re working towards. In some way, it’s like manifesting. You’re taking the time to plan out your goals and putting it somewhere where you see it every day. I mainly do this on my phone and set them as my home screen.
2. Write out your goals + post them everywhere
Personally, I LOVE to write out my goals each month on a whiteboard. Along with that, I draw out weekly goals in a journal to cross off each time I complete that goal. I hang it above my work desk to ensure I’m staying on track week after week.
3. Journal, journal, journal your dreams
Recently I’ve been doing a LOT more journaling. I’ve been researching more and more about manifestation and wanted to give it a try for 30 days ~ TBD on the progress. To be fair, I’ve only heard good things about journaling and highly suggest writing out your biggest goals every morning.
4. Avoid any and all distractions
Ugh, this is easier said than done ~ I hear you. Every day I say I’m not going to spend that much time on my phone and optimize every free hour I have. Then, after work I feel mentally exhausted to write a full blog post. Make sure to avoid any “outs” you may have, but also fully listen to your body.
5. Take breaks when you feel you need it
As per what I mentioned above, always take time for yourself. If you’re really feeling overwhelmed and anxious, take a day off. Personally, when I take a full day to rejuvenate, I’m ready to take on the world the next day. I try my hardest to treat Saturday’s like a workday, and Sunday’s as a reboot day to ensure I don’t get burnt out.
Keep your sparkle, your motivation, and your inspiration boss babes!