Wednesday, 24 May 2017

15 Short Tips to motivate you to get things done.

Hi it’s Dave,

Greetings from Ilfracombe and welcome to the Under Blue Skies blog.  I am very excited with how everything is progressing. I find that sharing these pages with everyone goes a long way towards stimulating me to keep writing them.

For today’s piece I have looked long and hard at the way we “sometimes just don’t get the things done that we wanted to” and I have taken inspiration from some colleagues who all say things like “there are never enough hours in the day” or “I don’t know how I will get through the next day’s work”

So here are the

15 Short Tips to motivate you to get things done.

1)   “Just 5 Minutes” – a simple way to break through apathy and reluctance to do things is to say “I will spend just 5 minutes working on that”  and then miraculously you will find that you have either completed the task or made significant progress

2)   Get You Body To Trick Your Brain – simple things like moving, smiling, laughing, moving around the office will adjust your physiology and help you focus

3)   Find the “Sweet Spot” – when you are in the zone, your brain is buzzing and your fingers are darting around all over the keyboard, you have hit the “Sweet Spot”  The next thing is to be able to do it to order.  Don’t put off a task that is a challenge, use it to get in the flow and then you will “kick ass!”

4)   Plan for tomorrow, tonight – if you create your short simple list of to do items, you won’t have to spend time doing it tomorrow.  That means you will be “making a flying start in the morning” and then you can use that to carry you on through the rest of the day

5)   Make sure you have the “right tools” – if you don’t use the correct tools for the job you run the risk of becoming frustrated and / or overwhelmed.  Using the correct tool will enable you to complete the job without getting the “stress”  headache

6)   Inspirational Quotations – Motivational posters and phrases exist for a reason.  If you have a person you admire pop some of their quotes on a wall or a surface nearby and you can look to them for inspiration

7)   Use music – As a music therapist I firmly believe that music can help you block out distractions: lift your spirits and change you mood.  Get into the groove and get more done.

8)   Do not be a perfectionist. – Setting too high (or impossible) standards guarantee stress.  It is easier to improve on what you have than to magic perfection out of nothing.  Stop stressing about this and just get started.

9)   Refresh Review Remind yourself of your goals – what are you working towards?  A simple step is to set your desktop to show and image of what you are working to achieve…… a family holiday, a new car, an educational diploma, a new house.

10) Help others – this shows you what you are capable of.  It can benefit others and helps you build confidence because seeing what you CAN do is a powerful motivator

11) Don’t force things – the motivation state only lasts for so long so when it has reached its end, stop!  Take a walk, eat an ice cream etc.  Just take a break and let you other than conscious mind work on while you are resting.

12) Rethink your processes – Sometimes the problem is not a lack of motivation.  If there is a task that you repeatedly dread or a step where you always get stuck,  ask yourself does it really have to be done this way or can I find an easier or alternative solution.

13) Picture Success – think about something that you have recently won, or a task that you nailed big time.  “LIVE IT” the resultant dopamine rush in the brain will assist your motivation.

14) when you need an extra boost watch some motivational videos on “You Tube” or similar internet channels

15) Celebrate your Successes – every day review what you have done and give yourself a pat on the back.  Don’t concentrate on what you still have to do, just celebrate what you have done, how far you have come! 

Have fun using these, there may be a couple that you have not used so go on give them a try!!!!

However, on a serious note if you take a close look I am sure that you will find you have used de-motivators at some point in your life.  At the very worst what they really do is stop you from making progress and getting things done!

So as we reach the end of this week’s post I would like to thank you sincerely for taking the time to read the words.  I hope that you will find them useful as you move forwards in your daily life.

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About Dave I am a coach; speaker; radio presenter and founder of The Blue Sky Company.  I am also a therapist and co-own a virtual light centre called The Crystal Spring.  My therapy work includes music therapy; reiki; crystal therapy


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DAve x

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