January is the ultimate month for new starts, but is your motivation waning?
Now that January has come to a close is it starting to feel really hard to stay motivated? Thirty-one days of good intentions and tested willpower can take their toll. Could those new plans, resolutions and amazing transformations you wanted to make be at risk as we head into February?
Well they don’t have to be! If you’re struggling with your motivation, I hope that sharing the little things I’ve tried to keep me motivated will help you keep going to achieve your 2019 goals. I’ve been inspired by my fitness journey over the last year but I think there are some valuable lessons for getting started and keeping going with home organisation projects too!
I hadn’t worked out for a while and I was feeling lazy. The problem was; I’d stopped my routine and had lost all motivation. I’d fallen into a routine that was comfortable; I quite liked being in with my family every night, hanging out in front of the TV and not having to get up early for gym classes. At the same time, I felt guilty for not doing anything to stay health but it felt like a big task to try to fit workouts into my schedule again. I didn’t really want to get out there in the cold or get up stupidly early for a class and I couldn’t really face it.
Go on, Eat the Frog!
I knew I needed to get creative, dig deep and just get on with it before I regretted my decision to not take action forever! I tried the following tactics to get motivated and you can too:
Accountability – I committed to a personal trainer friend before Christmas that I’d follow a schedule and although I’d stopped, I recalled my commitment and this really helped. If you want to start an organising project tell someone, tell everyone, what you intend to do and by when. If you feel ok with it (you may be not be entirely comfortable) make a public declaration on social media or contact someone you know will hold you to your commitment.
Get clear on your goal – when I get stuck, I think about why I want it, what will I gain and what the end result be, I visualise the finish line, the crowds and the amazing sense of achievement I’ll feel so that I know what I’m aiming for. For your decluttering project, you need to see the result – imagine the room you want to work on without the excess stuff in it. Walk around the room in your head, what will it look like, what will it feel like to be in that room, how will you be able to use that space? Why do you need this now and what difference will it make to you and your household?
Get inspired –
I’ve watched documentaries about amazing people who run ultra-marathons. I don’t ever intend to do that myself but if it’s possible to achieve such amazing things with the human body surely I can manage to run for 25 minutes!
Read a book, find images or quotes that make you feel positive about your process or watch a film or TV show like Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up series to see what’s possible.
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Create a plan – with target dates or deadlines – I decided I want to exercise 2-3 times per week but keep my weekends free. I plan ahead each week and put the time in my diary so I know when and what time I’ll be exercising. You could create a plan outlining the actions you need to take, decide what date you want to be finished and block out time in your diary for the activities (preparation, decluttering session(s), charity shop runs etc) you need to carry out to complete on time.
Gain Support – I agree with my husband the days that work well for him to do the school run, and what commitments he has, so that I can easily plan my exercise routine. I regularly run with a friend so am committed to helping her keep fit and I ask my husband to give me encouragement when I’m tempted to cancel a session. When planning your declutter task, ask for help – ask a friend, family member or find a local Professional Organiser to help you. If you don’t need anyone to help you, you may still want someone to give you encouragement, enquire how you are doing and give you moral support when the going gets tough is great help.
You don’t have to do this alone in-fact you’ll be so much more successful if you visualise your success and draw on others to support you. If you need expert advice or practical support, I’m here! Call me on 07970 989955.
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