It is not always easy to keep your motivation and remain constant on the long run. Even when, the project you are working on is exciting and important to you. I would like to give you in this post 10 tips to help you stay motivated.
1. Take stock of the situation
The first thing to do is to take stock of where you stand with your project. What tasks have you already achieved and what more do you need to do? This will help you realize that you are not starting from scratch and regain confidence in your ability to go through with it. In addition, once you have written these different steps, you will be able to reallocate your time accordingly. Also write down the dead-line by which you wish to finish. This will encourage you to work twice as hard to get there on time.
2. Mini to-do lists
Now that you know what you still have to do and how much time you have to do it, you can organize mini to-do lists. In order not to be overwhelmed and start worrying about your workload, I suggest that you write a maximum of 3 tasks to accomplish depending on the time you can devote to them. If you can work on it every day, it would be ideal. If this is not possible, block 2 to 3 time slots in your week or on weekends during which you will work on 3 specific tasks to accomplish for each of these time slots.
The advantage is that it will push you to prioritize and rationalize what you can really achieve in a given time. This will make it easier for you to move forward without putting too much pressure on yourself. Moreover, although performing 3 tasks from a 3-task to-do list and 3 tasks from a 10-task to-do list is the same in practice, it does not provide the same sense of completion and satisfaction. This is why limiting the number of tasks to be performed is crucial.
3. Check your health
At first glance, this may seem quite basic, but many of us “forget” to check our health. Indeed, with the drop in temperatures and the lack of sun, the end of the year is a time when our bodies have a harder time keeping up. Remember that your head can’t produce anything without the support of your body. So take advantage of this time to take care of it. Take a vitamin cure if you are easily prone to deficiencies. It goes without saying that a regular physical activity and a balanced diet are two essential elements for you to be able to produce the necessary energy to continue of your project.
4. Work in pair
Finding a partner can also help you stay motivated. This person doesn’t have to work on the same project as you. You can simply find someone who is working on his side on any project and make an appointment to work at the same time, in the same place on your respective projects. After your session, you can then go to lunch together and do something nice to reward yourself for your effort and end the day well.
5. Set a positive intention
I am convinced that having positive thoughts has an impact on the quality of one’s work. Similarly, when you think it’s too complicated and you’re not going to make it, it will demotivate you and potentially make this prediction happen. This is why it is essential to start with a positive intention and to tell yourself that, not only can you do it, but that this project will be a success.
6. Take breaks
So important and yet we don’t allow ourselves to take breaks enough in my opinion. Sometimes you get so caught up in what you’re doing that you forget to take a break for a while. I belong to this category of individuals who realize after several hours that they haven’t eaten since their last morning meal. I don’t think I’m alone in this case, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments if it happens to you too!
In any case, the rule here is simple and consists in listening to your body as in tip number 3. So don’t hesitate to take 10-15 minute breaks when you feel you can’t take it anymore and are no longer effective anyway. On the other hand, if you persist, you will only create frustration and a feeling of poorly done work. If you are also a perfectionist, when you will revisit your work, you will surely have the strong temptation to do it all over gain. So we believe that taking breaks is a waste of time when in fact it will allow us to finish faster and better. Another advantage, and not the least, is that going out for a walk, for example, will help you unlock your creativity or a point for which you couldn’t find a solution.
7. Change your environment
This trick is very much related to the previous point. Changing your location and working atmosphere can be enough to provide a new boost of motivation. If you feel like you’re on the edge of claustrophobia from being locked in your office, it’s time to get out. Working from a co-working space or in a cosy and pleasant café can change the situation. I personally like working with a motivation playlist. The important thing is to find what suits you and allows you to always enjoy the process.
8. Visualize the end
To stay motivated, you need to know where you’re going and what you are going to gain in the end. Why did you start this project and what is the satisfaction you hope to get from it? Visualizing the end of your project will help you appreciate each effort you are making every day because they will not be in vain. Keep in mind that your ultimate goal is what gives purpose to what you do.
9. Discuss with experienced people
Exchange with people who have already been there or done a similar project before you. Discuss with them orally if you can, but there are also many professional social networks and online communities on different topics that may correspond to what you are doing right now. These people will be able to tell you what steps and obstacles they have had to go through. This will allow you to realize that your project is quite feasible, and why not, to avoid some mistakes by learning from those people who are more experienced than you in this area. You will also discover other ways to proceed. The idea here is not to copy/paste at all, but to get inspiration from others in order to find your own methodology.
10. Make it pleasant
Every step of the journey counts and must be appreciated. Enjoy the process. You’re learning and acquiring new skills, nothing more exciting, right? Think of this project as a game, a challenge that will give you the opportunity to get to know yourself better and develop your skills. You will inevitably come out proud and grown from that experience. Share your exploits and tricks with others and encourage people like you who are actors and not spectators of their lives.