So, by now, you’ve settled into your routine. Whether it’s working from home or taking time off to care for loved ones, preparing for the new school year, or dedicating time to the causes that are important to you right now--you’ve had some time to adjust to a “new normal.”
However, there comes a point where routine becomes monotonous; and especially now, it’s easy to settle into the status quo and buckle down to wait things out. But remember, even if it may feel like it, life isn’t on pause! Now that you’ve had some time to adjust, you can turn your attention to the future.
Anytime you get in a rut (and what a time to be in a rut!), it can be hard to motivate yourself to keep pushing forward. If you feel like you’re finally in a place to get things moving again, here are some tips to keep motivated:
1. Set Your Goals:
You do not have to change the world all at once. Start with small goals! If you want to work towards a promotion, start by adding one or two extra daily goals for yourself. This way, you can point to your record of going above and beyond the call of duty. If you want to rejoin the workforce after some time away, start by updating your LinkedIn Profile and CV. Let's say you want to achieve world peace--start by volunteering your time with a local program that matters to you and will make a difference in your community.
Rome wasn't built overnight. It’s great if you know your ultimate endgame! Now, it’s a matter of setting out the path to getting there (without getting discouraged). That’s why starting with a smaller, achievable goal (a “subgoal” if you will) will keep you moving ahead -- you can see your progress as a series of accomplishments all leading up to your ultimate achievement!
2. Keep Organized:
If you’ve gotten into a routine, you’re probably pretty comfortable with how you have everything arranged, both in your physical space as well as mentally. However, if you want to go further and keep climbing the ladder (whatever that means to YOU), you have to get out of your comfort zone and add more to your plate--little by little. It can quickly get out of hand if you do not keep track of what you have going on. The key is . . . ORGANIZATION!
If you bring in too much or you’re not properly prepared, you can lose all your momentum simply because it can get too overwhelming to keep moving forward. Keep a detailed calendar. Set daily or weekly goals for yourself. Make sure you have a proper place for everything in your life. Have a “filing” system. Set reminders.
Especially as you begin, this will help you to keep on track and make sure nothing slips through the cracks of your already-busy life.
3. Remember What You're In It For:
We all have that Thing that motivates us. Is it your family? Your community? Your pride in hard work and a job well done? Whatever it may be, don’t lose sight of that. It can be so easy to focus on the minutiae of your daily tasks and get lost in that. At the end of the day, you know what is important to you. Remember what you’re doing this all for.
4. Don't Give Up:
At the end of the day, the truth is that from time to time it’s hard to stay motivated. Occasionally, you’ll hit stumbling blocks. It can be discouraging.
It’s okay to not feel it once in a while. Take some time to regroup and recharge! Then, dust yourself off, remind yourself what you’re trying to achieve, and pick it up again. Motivation comes and goes, but you can set your mind to it and push forward.
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Written by Jordan McAndrew