How many can say that they struggle when it comes to staying organized? I know I do. How many can say they need a little more motivation? Hey, that’s me too. I teamed up with a group of inspiring bloggers to share with you important tips on how to become a more organized and motivated YOU! If you struggle with staying organized and motivated, then listen up!
Ell: MAKE LISTS
“If I could give you a solid piece of advice to help you to get organized and motivated it would be utilizing lists! I absolutely love making lists. Not only do lists keep me organized but it also motivates me to want to accomplish each task that I have to do.
If I can see my tasks in front of me and list them in order of importance, as I complete each and cross them off, I feel a sense of relief and accomplishment. I make lists for everything; to do lists, grocery lists, blog post ideas, what I want to accomplish for the month, what I want to accomplish for the year, any kind of list.”
I also have a Vision Planner that I love and use for lists too!
Vee from TheLovelyWho: VISION BOARDS
“What helps me stay motivated is having my goals somewhere visual. Whether it’s using a Pinterest board to pin images regarding my goal, printing images out and pinning them on my vision board in my bedroom, and even just creating a folder with screen shots on my phone that I can check out everyday, whenever I lose motivation. As for organized, I’m with Lauren. Writing things down and just keeping them where I can see helps me stay organized and on track with all that I have to do.”
Cassie from NotYourAverage: BECOME OBSESSED & START TAKING ACTION
“How to be more productive – Stop doing anything that doesn’t contribute to the end result. Say you are starting up a business, or have set a goal on how much money you want to make on your blog, or you are a student with exams coming up, or you want to learn something new, or switch to a healthier lifestyle, or earn a side income to boost your finances.
Whatever it is that you want to do, focus solely on that!!! Stop wasting your time with TV, only use social media to take ‘breaks’ if it doesn’t relate to what you are trying to achieve. For example you want to learn to live a healthier lifestyle, spend all of your time learning new recipes, researching what changes you need to make, create goals around it, create a strategic plan, start a new type of exercise you enjoy, start a food diary to track your daily meals, read books or articles about the topic. Get fully invested, get off the couch and start taking action. Become obsessed!!!”
Donna from SimpleInTheSouth: UTILIZE NOTEBOOKS & APPS
“I write everything in a notebook I carry to stay organized and motivated. Being able to check them off as I go keeps me motivated to finish my list each day. I also use apps, such as google keep to make a list of my blog ideas. When I am ready, I go there and pick a new subject and begin to write.”
Claire at TheFrugalFamily: REFLECT
“To stay motivated I remember 3 things I hated about where I was – and write down 3 things I love about where I am now and then 3 things I’m hopeful for in the future/ still working on”
Siyana at SiyanaOnline: WRITE THINGS DOWN
“I stay organized by keeping a tiny diary and writing down all my plans for the week – meetings, work shifts, travel plans. I also keep my blog ideas in the ‘drafts’ section, so I can use them when I’m stuck!”
Leah at ScenesFromCedarStreet: DREAM & LOOK BACK AT HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME.
“I’m not an organized person by nature. Lists stress me out and looking at my planner usually overwhelms me. I’m a dreamer so what keeps me motivated is thinking about all the things I want to create and write. If I get discouraged or I’m in a rut, I look back and see all the progress I’ve made and how far I’ve come. It motivates me to keep going and pushes me to expand my creativeness”
Rachael at Relimpact: PLAN OUT YOUR MONTH
“I stay motivated and organized by planning out my month on a big white board with stickies. It’s awesome to walk into my office each day and know exactly what I’m working towards that day, that week, and all month.”
Jen at GraceInColor: BREAK DOWN YOUR GOALS & AVOID DISTRACTION
“For me, it’s all about having a (small) goal in mind and avoiding the rabbit trails I inevitably constantly find myself going down.
My practical plan is to take 10-15 minutes to either create a list or mind map and put everything I want to get accomplished on it, big and small. I always set a timer during this exercise so I don’t let my mind wander too far.
Then I sort that by “must do” and “want to do”. If my goals are really big, which some should be, I break them down into something more manageable. For example, “starting a podcast” is on my list but since it’s a big goal, I’ll break it down into “research equipment” or “go through Module 2 of a Podcast course I’m taking”.
At this point, the tendency to get overwhelmed can set in, causing paralysis. DO NOT let this happen. My next step is to avoid the overwhelm my looking at my list and pulling out three things that can be done TODAY. Even if they are small. I will leave the rest on the paper (or computer) for another day. Once those 3 things are accomplished, I strike them from the list and enjoy my success.
I will work off of that same mind map or list for a while until I feel the need to repeat the process.”
Thanks for reading and thank you to the awesome ladies who joined me to offer their favorite tips for staying organized and motivated! I hope you found these tips helpful and don’t forget to check them all out!!!
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Until next time,