It's that time of year again. That new academic year feeling that leaves us all feeling inspired. The physical reset that comes with September is refreshing for us all, but oh do we know that after a few weeks, THAT feeling will go. So here are some things that I like to do to keep myself motivated throughout the day. These tips are applicable whether you go to work, school or work from home!
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1. Rise & Shine.
As soon as you open your eyes (may I add at an appropriate time), get up and make your bed. Don't lie around or snooze that alarm. A cliché as it sounds, get up and seize the day! You will feel so much better for starting the day off on a productive note.
2. Ditch the Devices.
Over lockdown, I got into the habit of switching my phone off a few hours before I went to bed and would switch it on a few hours after waking up the next morning. I did it to limit my time on my phone, seeing as I didn't have much else to do and it worked! Because I didn't use my phone first thing in the morning, I didn't find myself using it much throughout the day either. It does take a while to get accustomed to, but it is definitely worth it!
3. Plan Your Time
Make a detailed to-do-list or plan ahead of the day, so that when you get up that morning you know exactly what you must do. You will be amazed at how much time this saves, leaving you with more time to chill at the end of it. I recommend putting down the simple stuff too, such as 'waking up' or 'eating breakfast' and if you want to go next level, you can block out your tasks with timestamps so you don't spend too long on a task or procrastinating ( We ALL procrastinate!)
4. Set Your Goals
At the beginning of the week, set yourself 3 goals that you would like to achieve before Sunday. This can be in terms of work, your health, personal development. Whatever. These goals are personal to you and you only. They can be small things or big tasks. Check-in with yourself at the end of each day and see how you are getting along with these.
5. Find Your Routine
Take your time to invest in a morning routine that works for you. If the morning is your best time for fast-paced activities such as exercising then go for it. Or if you prefer a slower morning to set you up for the day, then start off by reading a book or some light work. A good morning routine is a foundation for your most productive day.