When you work alone each day, it is sometimes difficult to keep yourself motivated. However, it’s important to find that motivation to keep you going, make you more productive, and reach your goals.
Here are 9 tips to keep yourself motivated daily:
Working all the time might feel as if you’re being productive, but there is a huge difference between being productive and being busy. When you find the time to sleep each evening without worry or stress interfering, you’re going to be more motivated the next day due to being well-rested.
If most of your work is at a desk, you must find time each day to get moving and exercise. If you have a physically hard business, then you may want to find time in the day to get a massage instead. The point is to take care of your physical body in the way it needs to be taken care of.
Like sleeping and exercising, if you don’t eat the right food for your body’s needs, you’re going to be tired and unmotivated. You may experience brain fog, tiredness, and other symptoms. Take the time to eat healthy and you’ll find that you feel much more motivated every single day.
Spend Time with Your Family & Friends.
Everyone needs friends and family to keep them emotionally in check.
If you don’t satisfy that need for personal time with your friends and family, it will be hard to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. To save some time, you can combine exercise, eating, and a social activity all together.
Develop a Daily To-Do List.
Create a to-do list for each day based on the deliverables that you must produce at the end of any period.
So if in six weeks you have a large project due, you’re going to go back six weeks to start adding different parts of the work to your schedule each day. This will prevent procrastination and having to get it all done in one day.
Create a Schedule with Deadlines.
Don’t leave anything open-ended. If you want to be organized, everything needs a deadline.
For example, you need to close out your financial books each month. If you don’t, you’ll have to work harder next month or quarter, or worse, at tax time. Keep it organized with daily due dates for everything you do.
Work in breaks to your schedule. Utilize the Pomodoro method where you set a timer for every 25 minutes to focus your work into small intervals. It gives you built-in breaks to keep you from being overwhelmed.
Keep Your Work Area Organized.
Every evening when you’re done with work, take the extra time to organize your workspace, including your schedule for tomorrow. That way when you are ready to work the next day, it’s all there for you.
When you focus on being productive, as well as making time for your personal life by taking care of yourself, it makes a huge difference on your level of motivation. Be sure to keep track of at least three things you did each day that was productive and contributed to your success.