So you know when you have those really LAZY days? You know the ones – you cuddle up in bed under the covers and binge watch your favourite show on Netflix because you just can’t bring yourself to do ANYTHING! I have one of those days probably once every 2 weeks if I’m being totally honest. For me, it almost always falls on a Saturday after it’s been a long week at work and I just can’t fathom the thought of doing anything else. The problem is that I ALWAYS have things to do on the weekend. So I have no choice but to find a way to get myself motivated and get out of that funk in order to get things done! In today’s post, I’m sharing my 5 ways to motivate yourself on those lazy days.
Eliminate the distractions
Let’s be real guys, 9.5 times out of 10, if there is something else around to take your mind off of your to-do list, then you’ll choose that option. I’m sooo guilty of this and I know you are too! So the best way to overcome this is to GET RID OF THE DISTRACTIONS! Don’t go anywhere near the things that you know will distract you. Turn off the TV, put your phone away, and steer clear of anything else that you know will take up your time. If I’m trying to get myself motivated on a Saturday to get up and start slaying my to-do list, I will literally yell at my husband if he dares to come near me and turn on a movie. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life when I’m trying to crush my goals, and neither do you!
Do something that energizes you
Once the distractions are gone, you need to actually GET-UP and moving! Find something that energizes you and do it! Whether that’s doing a quick workout, chugging a cup of coffee, or blasting some gangsta rap, figure out what gets you going and do it. For me, I LOVE using music as a tool to get me up and energized. So that’s exactly what I do – TV off, music ON. I also use my uplifting essential oil blends to promote a boost of energy and creating a positive environment. The last thing I do is grab a cup of tea – for me I love a good cup of tea for all moods, including to give me a little boost of caffeine.
Reduce your to-do list
OK this is an important one. It is OKAY to have a lazy day. It is OKAY to have days where you give yourself a bit of a break and don’t check 30 things off of your to-do list! Sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to be SUPER productive on the weekends after a long week at work, that we end up feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, and end up doing nothing at all. Then we feel like crap about ourselves because we haven’t completed all of our household chores and errands that we wanted to finish by the time the weekend is over. Here’s my solution – don’t try to do EVERYTHING in one day! If you push yourself too hard, then you’re instinctively setting yourself up for failure. REDUCE your to-do list. Split your tasks up over the entire week, so that instead of having a list of 20 things, you can cut it down to 5 manageable tasks that you want to accomplish. Make sure that you are leaving time to rest your body and soul, because chances are you’re having a lazy day because your body NEEDS it. This way, you can still be productive, but you’re more motivated to get it down quickly because you know you can get a break and enjoy some down time later.
Do shorter tasks first
There’s nothing worse than being unmotivated and then being faced with a HUGE task to complete. It feels daunting at best and can make you want to give up because it feels like you’ll never complete it. A trick to overcome this is to start with the shortest tasks FIRST. You can complete them with minimal effort and finish them super quickly, which is absolutely perfect for those moments when you’re still trying to get motivated. What’s even better is that once you start to complete those shorter tasks quickly and efficiently, it motivates you to keep going and get those bigger tasks done as well!
The reward system is not just for kids – its for ALL of us, because it WORKS! Remember the days when your mom said you could get a special treat if you cleaned your room and it made you want to get it done quickly? The same thing applies even now. Set a reward for yourself, whether it’s a nice snack or something fun to do, and stick to only indulging in it if you COMPLETE your to-do list. Don’t cheat!
I am SOO excited for you guys to try out these tips, because they are what I use almost EVERY weekend to get me up and moving to make it a productive day. They never fail me, and I’m pretty confident that they will work for you as well. Let me know if you try them out and if they work for you, and also let me know if you have other tricks that you use to help get yourself motivated on those lazy days.