Lack of motivation is something that we all experience, to varying degrees and at different points in our lives. It can be a massive set-back, but it doesn’t have to be.
A while back I completely lost ALL motivation for blogging and social media, which is DEFINITELY not like me. I was under a lot of stress and pressure from outside factors and sadly, that filtered into my blogging life too. My creativity was at an all-time low.
Thankfully I managed to turn it around, and I’m excited to share my motivation-boosting tips with you!
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Set Short-Term Goals as well as Long-Term Goals
Focusing too hard on a long-term goal can be extremely intimidating, especially if you’re still a long way from achieving it. So much so, it could impact your motivation to get there at all. DO NOT GIVE UP. Set yourself some smaller goals along the way – it will make the long-term goals seem far more achievable. Set weekly or monthly targets – it will be a huge boost to your confidence every time you hit them.
Talk to Others
I’m sure you’re all sick of me talking about the Only Just Media Summit (sorry not sorry) – but attending this event did WONDERS for my motivation. Meeting with other creatives, hearing their stories and learning from them is a great way to feel motivated about your cause. I came away from that event with TONNES of tips to try out and lots of new ideas I’d gained from conversations I’d had that day.
If you’re feeling demotivated about work, speak to a colleague about how you’re feeling. They’re bound to have felt the same at one stage and they’ll be able to support you and show you that you’re not the first one to feel that way.
Read Some Motivational Books/Articles
At the moment I’m reading “Crushing It” by Gary Vaynerchuk. Reading about other people who have grown their business and brands to huge levels really makes me want to get off my backside and make my dreams happen. No-one else is going to do it for you! If you’re struggling with your motivation levels right now – I would highly recommend this book.
Listen to Motivational Music/Podcasts
My morning commute is a 35-40 minute walk each way so I have plenty of time to listen to music on my way to work. I’m the first to admit that my motivation is at its lowest at 8am – when I’m dragging myself up the road. Listening to motivational music/podcasts is crucial to boost my mood and motivation.
TOP TIP – When I’m on my way to work in the morning I listen to people’s “gym” playlists. I have never and probably will never go to the gym but some of the tracks people use when they’re in exercise beast-mode really get me going for the day ahead!
Get Inspired by Your Surroundings
One of my favourite ways to find inspiration for blog posts, Instagram photos etc is taking a walk around Belfast City Centre. You never know who or what you might see. For me, it’s usually street art that I simply can’t walk past without capturing on camera. All towns and cities have something amazing to offer.
Take a Break
Step away from whatever you’re doing for a while. There’s nothing worse than overkill and staring at a blank page is only going to stress you out more. Get some fresh air, do something you enjoy and then come back with fresh eyes.
Remember Your WHY
When working, going to school or the gym etc is the last thing you feel like doing, you should remind yourself of the reason WHY you want to accomplish that goal. When it comes to going to blogging, I remind myself that I want to blog full-time one day. If I don’t keep plugging away at that – it’s never going to happen.
How do you stay motivated? I’d love to hear your tips – leave me a comment below!