The other day, I came across this fabulous To-Do list on Pinterest.
The website that features it, thatswhatchesaid.net, gives you the option to download a printable version of this list so that you can use it on the daily.
I LOVE this To-Do list; not only does it encourage you to list the general tasks you’d like to get done throughout the day, but it also draws attention to the importance of your water intake, workouts, and having quality “you time”.
In fact, I love it so much that I’ve decided to focus this week’s Fabulous You Friday on something more psychological than fashion trends or nutrition tips. This week’s Fabulous You Friday is all about how to keep your eye on the prize and how to stay motivated enough to do it.
I know I’m not alone in sometimes deciding to do absolutely nothing when I really should do a TON of things. It’s funny how often I can easily say “F*ck it” and sit on the couch when there are so many things I want in life.
So here’s a list of ways to help keep you on the path to achieving whatever it is you want to achieve.
- Set a Schedule: At night, plan out the next day. Whether you prefer to do this mentally or write it down, this will at least get you thinking about everything you need to get done. If you can estimate how long it’s going to take you to complete each task, that’s even better. You’ll be organized and time will be less likely to go wasted.
- Start It Off Right: Start your day off strong. Get up early, workout (if you like to get it done in the morning), eat a healthy breakfast, and get to it. Getting things done in the morning will start a pace and momentum that will likely continue for the rest of the day.
- Go for Five: Start working for five minutes. You often just need to start. Once you start, you’ll get the ball rolling and it will be difficult to stop.
- Move Around: Get your body moving as if you were really busy doing something. Even though “faking it” to motivation might seem silly, it can really work.
- Post-it: Literally. Use Post-Its to remind yourself how well you’re doing and what you really want. Write out little messages and motivational phrases on these yellow slips of paper and stick them to your mirror or wherever you’ll be sure to see them.
- Find the Next Step: If a project or task seems daunting, just break it down. It will seem more manageable this way rather than seeming like a big blob of work, which would probably cause more procrastination.
- Deconstruct Your Fears: I’m sure you’re not afraid to get stuff done. However, you might be afraid of failing to get something done, resulting in you avoiding the task completely. Isolate the unknowns and be confident that you can handle it. You’re a smart cookie. Ain’t nothing gonna hold you down. 😉
- Read: Pick up a newspaper, a short story, a novel, an essay… whatever. Read something that will generate new ideas. It will put your brain in motion and will mentally prep you to get things done.
- Create Your Environment: … to the best of your ability. There’s nothing you can do about a baby crying in the waiting room for an appointment. But if you’re working on your computer at home, clean up beforehand, light a candle, and throw on some study music. This tip helped me out huge in university, since it actually helped me ENJOY doing work. If you’re cleaning, throw on some fun cleaning music. If you’re running errands, throw on your favourite sunglasses and outfit so that you’re doing it in style. Whatever makes the task more pleasant, do that.
- Set your Desktop: You know how buying something new and fabulous can feel exciting? Well, so does revamping your computer screen. Whether you’re trying to stay motivated to get in shape or to lock down a new job, put up a desktop wallpaper that will inspire you to do so. There are some awesome images and quotes online that are motivating and look super cool.
- Eat Right: Certain foods can make you feel sluggish. Avoid those foods. If you lose the motivation to fuel your body with the nutrition it needs, it’s unlikely you’ll feel motivated to fuel your life with the tasks it needs to feel satisfying and complete. Do yourself a favour and eat the foods that will give you energy.
- Build on Success – Success creates success. When you’ve won, it’s easy to feel motivated to take on practically anything. Setting yourself up to successfully complete an easy task can give you the rewarding feeling of positive energy that will keep you hungry for more.
So there you have it. Hopefully these tips will help get your life on-track to becoming the person you aspire to be.
Stay fabulous, snobs, and stay smart too!
Happy Friday xo