How to Get & Stay Motivated - Honestly Hannah

How to Get & Stay Motivated

Let's talk MOTIVATION. I've gotten a lot of emails in the past asking me how the heck I get motivated. (Always feel free to pop into my inbox with anything!) Motivation is tough, and there's a lot of days where I'm not feeling motivated at all, and that's okay. But, that's why I wanted to make this post, because getting motivated when you don't feel motivated is hard. That's life though, we have the learn how to self motivate sometimes! SO here's how I do it.

For as long as I can remember, I've been a major "overthinker" and I'm sure a lot of you can relate. Sometimes when my brain gets running, I just feel like sitting there trying to solve the random thoughts I'm having in my bed. I'll lose all motivation to go write a blog post, take photos, edit, be productive, etc., and I know I'm not the only one. 

So, that's why I've learned to self motivate.

Self motivation is a big deal for college students too, let me tell ya. 

When most people go off to college, it's the first time no one has been nagging in their ear to do their homework or go study. This is why so many people don't do well in college; they simply can't find the motivation to get things done.

I get it.

There's plenty of days where I'd rather just chill out (which is still important, of course. No one should be working all the time). Even though making time to relax is important, it's also important to have a game plan for getting things done. 

As some of you may know, I've been a little off my blogging schedule lately. If you didn't know, I've been doing a full time internship this summer (Monday- Friday 8 ish to 5 ish) - So you could say I'm getting a taste of what it's like to be a real adult (haha...).

Sometimes when I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is sit down and edit or write a blog post. I just want to sit and watch Mad Men, okay?

But as summer has gone on, I've realized that my blog is truly SO important to me, and I'm genuinely sad when I don't keep up with it as much. For those of you who think I don't struggle with lack of motivation, I want you to know that this summer I've felt it. I've talked about the whole blogging slump deal before, so feel free to check out that post if you want to hear about blogging specifically!

That's why I'm sharing with you guys how I've managed to self-motivate to the max lately, and you can totally do it too. 

Make a list of 7 things: Sometimes the sheer feeling of overwhelm can tank your motivation. Whenever I feel overwhelmed and like I have too many things on my plate, I make a list of the 7 most important things to do that day. This helps me so much during the semester when I feel overloaded with assignments and blogging stuff because it forces me to prioritize and recognize the most important things that need to get done for the day.

Visualize success: Where is all this hard work going to get you? If you're a blogger who's feeling unmotivated to create content, think about why you're even blogging. Do you love sharing your thoughts with the world? Do you love making connections? Do you one day want to be a full time blogger? If you're a college student who doesn't feel like writing that 10 page paper, think about why you're in college. Where do you want to be when you graduate? What's your dream job? How are you going to get there?

Think positive: The biggest thing that will get you into a rut is NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. Yuck. We all have them though. Even the most positive people find themselves thinking negative sometimes. It is what it is. When I'm feeling negative or annoyed, I like to go to Pinterest and read some inspirational quotes. Kind of lame, yep, but it helps. I'll also scroll through my Pinterest homepage and look for posts on organization, motivation, etc. Yoga helps too. Find little things that help keep positive thoughts in your mind and do those things/look at those things when you're feeling negative.

Find comfort in routine: Sometimes all it takes to stay motivated is getting into routines. Routine are amazing because they help you feel like you're on top of things. I feel like a morning routine and a night routine are good for the mind because they create stability through all the craziness of life. Of course, routines get disrupted and we have to be okay with that, but in general, sticking to routines can be really helpful.

Some motivating girly things...

Let me know how you stay motivated!

1 comment

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