The following is a guest post from momAgendaCOMM blogger Kris Cain.
Motivation – it is what drives us.
Motivation to make money. Motivation to get in shape. Motivation to get 25,000 readers for the blog. Without motivation, we would all probably just lay around on the couch watching TV all day.
Sometimes maintaining enough motivation to do all of the things that you need to can be hard, so how do you find balance?
Start small and work your way up. Don’t think that you can do everything, all the time. Very few people have the capability to pull that off. Sometimes it is difficult to realize that. I have struggled with it over and again. I’ve had to adjust and cut back some things that I do in my life and realized that I should only be focusing on those that I actually FEEL the motivation to do. Let’s be honest, if you are not motivated that is probably the biggest cause for procrastination, right? However, if it is something that you just cannot WAIT to do, you will likely jump right on it.
Sometimes, you may not have a choice in what you want to do. Work, for example. Some of us are lucky enough to have 9-5 jobs when some others are not so lucky. And a percentage of us that do, are lucky enough to have jobs that we love doing.
But what about the rest of us?
Well, if you want to get paid, you have to do your job… and do it well! I am teaching myself not to let my lack of motivation show. It’s SO hard sometimes, but it is possible. I’m sure a fair share of us sit around and dream about winning the lottery so we can spend our days on beaches and traveling the world instead of in our cubical farm.
Here are a few tips that might help keep you motivated from day to day:
1. Prioritize: This may sound strange, but get the easy things out of the way first. Even if it’s not the “OMG, this will be so FUN” job, knock it out. This will leave you more time to play with what makes your brain happy. Plus, you will feel great that you were able to get that one thing that you did not really want to do done.
2. Think about the money: Usually, it all leads to money. Remember that you need to do it well if you want to get paid. When you actually count on that money being a part of your salary, you have to get it right and let your work speak for you so that you can make more money.
3. Get motivated to help others: Helping family, friends, and others can always make you feel good. I have a bad habit of not being able to say no when someone I care about asks for my help. This usually leaves me a super long to do list that I need to tackle. But, when I finally do mark something off, I usually feel more accomplished than I would if I had completed a project for myself.
4. Learn to say no: This is based on what I said in #3. Sometimes, as much as you don’t want to… you may have to say no. If you are already swamped with projects that are taking up a lot of your time, think twice about agreeing to do one that would be a hassle, or would potentially cause stress. Yes, even if it means losing money.
5. Set some goals: This is probably the most important tip. Meeting goals helps you stay motivated. But, in order to feel that satisfaction you have to actually set some goals. Use a desktop calendar like the momAgenda Desktop to jot down deadlines on when you want projects to be complete.
How do you stay motivated? I would love to know your ideas in the comments!
Kris Cain is a member of the Council of Media Moms at momAgenda. She is a mom to two sets of twins that writes about technology and her busy life on her blog, Little Tech Girl. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.