Ten ways to stay motivated during hard times
Posted on September 05 2020
1. Create an achievable goal.
It’s important to think about things that are achievable when defining your intentions. This is because the biggest demotivator can be when you don’t accomplish what you have set out to achieve. You also need to take into account the time frame that you have to accomplish your objective. It’s pretty unrealistic to say you want to go from walking 2 kilometres to running 5 in a week but walking 3 kilometres by the end of the week is definitely doable. Running a comfortable but slow 5 kilometres in 2 months is also something you can work towards.
2. Choose goals that interest you.
Staying motivated to do something you love is so important for goal setting and it is so much easier to feel motivated when you are doing something you really have a passion for.
3. Set a schedule for each goal you want to accomplish and how much time you want to spend on it.
Breakdown your day into a realistic schedule, ensuring you spend the most time on your most important and passionate goals. It’s also a good idea to try and get those procrastination inducing tasks out of the way first thing in the morning. For instance, if you don’t love exercise then get it out of the way first thing. This will clear your mind of any apprehension you may have of completing the less attractive tasks and clear the rest of your day, ready for what’s most important to you.
4. Break up your goals into daily bite sized pieces.
When you’re setting your daily schedule think about what is actually achievable in the time that you have available. Are you going to paint a masterpiece in the couple of hours you have set aside? Probably not. So think about what can be achieved. You could prime your board and get an idea of your colour selection and balance.
5. Don’t overthink it.
Just get to it! It’s better to write a rubbish novel than no novel at all. It’s better to have gone for a slow jog or a walk than sitting on the couch eating a tub of ice cream. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be done. You’ll find that the more you practice these tasks the better and more easy they will be to achieve.
6. Be kind to yourself.
If you do stuff up and end up eating a tub of ice cream on your couch, definitely don’t sweat it. Just be kind to yourself and accept that you can’t change the past but you can move onto the next thing. There is no point throwing the towel in over a couple of missteps.
7. Plot your progress.
Am I the only one that writes something on a list after I’ve already done it just so I can cross it off? I really don't think I am the only one. It feels good to acknowledge your progress, so definitely record it. Write them down and read over them when you feel the procrastination monster lurking over your shoulder.
8. Celebrate the wins.
Add up your progress and look at the whole picture. The everyday completion of mundane tasks can grow into some really spectacular achievements. Acknowledge your growth and how far you have come. Even sneak in a cheeky reward if you feel like you deserve it.
9. Find an accountability partner.
There is pretty much a facebook group for every kind of passion, hobby or job and these are a great source for finding an accountability partner. Find someone with similar interests and check in with them at a set time with what you have accomplished. If they’re interested in the same area as you they can also be a great source of inspiration and advice.
10. Regularly review and update your goals.
Don’t be rigid with your goals, be fluid. Allow them to adapt and evolve along with you. If what starts out as a goal for painting a picture ends up with you sculpting a bust of your best friend then run with it. Or you could potentially start off with a goal of running but end up joining a basketball team. It’s important that you do what you are passionate about and what makes you happy.