Keeping Motivated: Top 10 Tips

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a lovely week. For those of you who are subscribed to my Newsletter, you would’ve received my email about motivation and keeping motivated in order to reach your goals. Recently I’ve been finding it hard to keep myself organised and motivated, especially when i’m working as my own boss and it’s only me to push myself. I then came across a small book in a Shoreditch store. The book is called ‘How to Not Always be Working: A toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self Care’ by Marlee Grace It includes a lot of help on how to keep yourself organised and keeping motivated, as well as how to work as an Entrepreneur. I find myself constantly working, from the moment I wake up, to the moment I literally can’t keep my eyes open at night in bed. Recently I’ve been reading this book and it’s full of inspiration and help on how to know when to stop as well as how to be productive with your time.

Tips on Keeping Motivated:

I wanted to share a few tips with you that i’ve learnt over the past year or two, to help you to declutter your mind and motivate yourself everyday to reach your goal.

Tip 1: Define and write down what you class as working. Write a list of things you class as productive. For example, a few of mine are emailing, blogging, packing orders, social media scheduling etc. This will help you to separate work and free time. I find myself drawing designs in my free time, which i’ve recently come to realise isn’t relaxation.

Tip 2: What parts of your work do you struggle with/find the most fun? These are the work bits that you’ll find yourself avoiding. By recognising them, you can allow yourself to set time aside to get them out of the way, preferably in the morning. Have you ever heard of the saying ‘to swallow a frog’? 

“As Mark Twain once said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” … Eating the frog means to just do it, otherwise the frog will eat you meaning that you’ll end up procrastinating it the whole day.”

Tip 3: Now define and write down what you see as your relaxation time, what you do to not work. I struggled with this one as I seem to never allow myself to have a break, which is what I’ve learnt from this book. But you could say playing Xbox, hanging out with friends, reading a book (which isnt work related), swimming etc.

Tip 4: Think about what your ideal workspace would be and try and create it, even on a smaller scale. For example, my ideal work space would be light, pastel colours in a cosy office with fairy lights and rose gold decor. Now I don’t have an actual office space, however after thinking about this, I created a packing station for my Etsy orders that follows the theme I’d want my office to be. It’s helped me to feel more motivated to work towards that office as I know I could have my small space on a bigger scale.

A white chest of drawers with pastel shelves on top full of enamel pins and stationary. On top of the pastel shelves is a white, wooden organiser full of backing cards, washi tape and stationery. To the right of the pastel drawers is a white wall with post cards on with cute illustrations on from the illustrator Katnipp.
My mini workspace/packing station!

Tip 5: Set your work hours. This one seems pretty obvious, but it’s a big thing that freelancers skip. When you work for yourself, you either find yourself not dedicating enough time, or dedicating too much time that you get burnout (me). Set yourself an alarm at the same time everyday, you wont want to get up, but by lunchtime you’ll be grateful you did, when you can look back at the past few hours and see how much work you’ve already achieved. Just as importantly, set a time to stop. I try to work the same amount of hours as a full time job, so 9-5. Or if i do get up a little later 10-6 or 8-4 if I’m feeling brave.

Tip 6: Write yourself a daily to do list. I actually only started doing this recently. I found that my mind was so cluttered with so many things I wanted to get done, I ended up achieving barely any of it because I didn’t know where to start. I have written myself a big list of everything I want to do, then split it down into days. This way I have a smaller list of things to do every day, so it seems a lot more achievable, then by the end of the week I’ve ticked off my whole to do list. Don’t feel overwhelmed by how much you need to do and want to achieve. If you rush into it, you’ll be less likely to succeed.

Tip 7: See the people around you as motivation, not competition. I still struggle with this one, but it’s one of the most important. I don’t mean seeing others as a competition in a horrible way. By this I mean, don’t look at other creatives in your industry and think “Oh they’re so much better than me and they’re already doing exactly what I want to be doing”. Instead, think “That’s exactly what I want to do, they were in my position once. If they can do it, so can I” Its all about practice and building up your skills and portfolio. No one gains success over night.

Tip 8: Speaking of success, acknowledge all of your achievements, no matter how big or small. Whether you sold your first Etsy item or landed your first client, or completed your to do list for the day. It’s important to realise that everything you do is building up towards reaching your goal. You wont reach your final goal straight away, so set yourself milestones to keep yourself going.

Tip 9: Ask for help and advice. Over the past couple of years of Freelancing, I’ve found that a lot of people I have worked alongside have admitted to finding it hard to ask for help and advice about their industry. That shouldn’t be the case! If you are an Etsy seller or a makeup artist, whatever your passion is, don’t be afraid to ask others in your industry for any tips and advice they might have. Everyone should be willing to help you out, as they were in the same position as you once too. The worst that can happen is they don’t reply or dont want to help you- which in that case you can ask someone else. There’s no shame in asking and there will always be someone to guide you. Most would be flattered that you messaged them for advice.

Tip 10: Enjoy what you do. This sounds cliché, but its true. As long as you enjoy what you do, keeping motivated will be a lot easier. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be parts of the job that you don’t enjoy doing, as I said before. However it’s important to acknowledge them and get them done so that you can dedicate more time to the bits you do enjoy!

I hope these tips have helped you in keeping motivated and inspired. If you are interested in buying ‘How to Not Always be Working: A toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self Care’ by Marlee Grace, you can do so Tags: , , , , , , , , , 

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