My TOP 5 TIPS & TRICKS to stay motivated and productive

It is no secret that the global pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways. I, personally, consider myself lucky to be able to work and study from home while temporarily living with my family and staying healthy. Being aware the “privileged” circumstances I can go through this crisis in definitely pushes me to make the most of each day. There are obviously multiple days when we all struggle to keep up the good mood… we WILL NOT let them be the norm, but the exception ๐Ÿ˜Ž It takes literally two minutes to reflect on it each morning while preparing breakfast or brushing your teeth, and believe me when I say IT MAKES SUCH A DIFFERENCE. Listening to the news nowadays can get depressing, but it also helps us put everything into perspective and appreciate all the good things we do still have (which are many, for sure)! Putting some thought into this is such an easy – yet effective – mechanism that will help you get started towards the most positive mindset each and everyday! You still don’t believe me? Take note of my top 5 tips and tricks to get you there and try them out ๐Ÿ˜Œ

1.) Visualize yourself a month from now. What would you like to have accomplished by then? Is it a stepping stone towards a major goal, or is it a dream you would like to have achieved by then? Regardless of what your answer to this question is, what can you do TODAY that will help you get there? And I mean TODAY, not tomorrow, or a week from now โ˜๐Ÿผ. Do it right away and ask yourself this everyday. Picture your future self looking back on today full of pride and satisfaction. It is very important that it is YOUR feelings you focus exclusively on, not your parents’, your best friend’s, your SO’s, or your boss’s. Keep in mind that if they care about you the same way you do about them, your success will make them proud. In other words, to share your happiness and satisfaction with others, you have to feel it yourself first ๐Ÿค What you do today plays a key role in where you’ll find yourself a week, a month, or a year from now.

2.) Reward yourself. Just as important as it is to have a clear vision of your near future, is it to treat yourself after every step you take towards it. It can be daily, weekly, bi-weekly, as often as you need to take a break and refuel ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is crucial to find a balance here… not allowing yourself enough breaks can make you burn out faster, and taking too much time off can make it harder and more stressful to get back on track later. The only way to find this personal balance is through trial and error… for some a coffee break will do, others need to watch a whole episode (or two…) of their favourite TV show.

3.) Not to sound clichรฉ, but… work out. I belong to that group of skeptical unsporty people that didn’t really believe in the power of endorphins ๐Ÿ™ƒ. I also know when to admit a defeat and, let’s just say, this is a clear win for all the athletes out there. The mood shift before and after a good old run or even just a 15 minute yoga session if you’re on strict quarantine or not really feeling like doing cardio at the moment is just ridiculously notable in me! I am usually a pretty busy gal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป but leaving aside an hour of my day to fit in a workout is slowly becoming a priority. If you’re also a beginner or you’re struggling to find motivation, get a sidekick to keep each other consistent and make it that much more fun if you do it together! I know… easier said than done ๐Ÿ˜‚ However, it WILL get easier once you turn it into a routine and start seeing all the short- and long-term benefits!

4.) Get organized. I usually take 15 minutes every couple of days to make a list of my to-do’s for that week. I then assign a number to each task to order them by priority or deadline. These two simple and quick steps significantly decrease the risk of i) missing a deadline and ii) procrastinating. They guarantee you are always aware of your responsibilities or/and errands – putting a limit on the time you can afford to take off -, and give you a certain satisfaction every time you cross or tick one out that pushes you to keep going. This strategy works especially well when combined with number 2 ๐Ÿค“

Aaaand, finally… 5.) Be gentle and kind on yourself and others! Always, always, ALWAYS prioritize health – both physically and mentally. More often than not, the two go hand in hand, and when combined, they will make you feel unstoppable and powerful. In these times when socializing has been mostly reduced to a virtual extent, we have to find alternatives to satisfy such a human need, but it is also a great opportunity to spend time on OURSELVES. Meditate, listen to ted-talks and podcasts, cook, sleep, learn to play an instrument, have a spa session with your sibblings, write a diary, teach your dog some new tricks, call your grandparents and ask them to tell you about their childhood… do all those things we normally struggle to fit into our busy schedules and hectic lives. I have recently taken up painting and re-discovered my long-lost passion to write (๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ), while also baking, running and facetiming my friends… all of them done almost daily!

I highly recommend you try at least one, if not all, of these ideas… fully tested and approved by moi! โœ”๏ธ

Let me know what you think on the comments below and do share with me your very own tips and tricks ๐Ÿ™‚ And as Shawn Achor once said… “Happiness inspires productivity“. So BE HAPPY ๐Ÿ’œ

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