Organizing Your Way to Motivation
Sometimes, it can be hard to find the motivation to accomplish all the tasks you need to do. Whether you’re working from home and having trouble making yourself complete your tasks, or if you have a large project you’ve been putting off, motivating yourself can be tricky.
Did you know that getting — and staying — organized can help you get started if you’ve been procrastinating and can help you stay motivated? We’re sharing some tips today about how you can organize and motivate yourself.
Set Your Goals
Sometimes, defining the reason that you’re doing something can help you stay motivated. When you know what your goal is, you can “keep your eye on the prize.”
For example, if you want a clutter-free home, then writing down what you want the result to look like can help you get motivated to achieve it. Plus, when you write down your goal, you can develop a plan to get you there.
When you set goals and plan on how to get there, you can avoid wasting time wondering, “what do I do next?” Many people also feel it’s helpful to have a list of things to do, small tasks that they can complete more easily. Being organized can help you from feeling overwhelmed and losing motivation to start.
Minimize Disruptions to Your Time
Organize your day in such a way that you’re able to work on the essential tasks you need to do without interruptions. Sometimes, if you have interruptions while you’re working, it can be hard to motivate yourself to keep going. Distractions can keep you from accomplishing everything that you want to.
For example, set a schedule of times that you’ll work, and then add in times to return phone calls, check your email, or touch base with your team or boss. When you organize your time, you can self-motivate to accomplish more when you have blocked off for work. Distractions and disruptions are very common sources of becoming unmotivated.
Set Deadlines for Yourself
Deadlines automatically set a sense of urgency for your tasks. You’re more likely to find the motivation you need when there’s a due date! Deadlines that you set, either daily, weekly, or monthly, help give you the energy you need to get started and finish promptly.
You might even consider setting a timer for 15 or 30 minutes and see how much you’re able to get done in that time. Your brain thinks that 15 minutes or half an hour really isn’t that long, but you’ll be surprised how much you can get done when you’re motivated by a time crunch.
Getting and staying motivated is tough, especially when you’re overwhelmed with a project and aren’t sure how to get started. Organizing your home, your desk, and your time can help you get the motivation you need for tough tasks. Plus, it calms your mind when you're organized, making it easier to stay positive.