Sometimes it is magnificent to motivate yourself in order to accomplish your goals.
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I am a mother, so I have watched more Nickelodeon and Disney Channel that I would like to admit. The one thing I am glad I heard was a song by the Cheetah Girls with the following lyrics:
I don’t want to be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark, cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody to come and set me free
I’d rather rescue myself . . .
Don’t wanna depend on no one else.
I’d rather rescue myself.
This song is my message for today, sometimes you have to motivate yourself. Every day you will find news stories, blog articles, and more with tips on how to handle your to-do list. Those are all great resources and you should check them out whenever you like. At the same time, it is important to remember that none of the tips will work at all until you find a way to motivate yourself to follow them.The tips are only as good as the person performing them. So, if you don’t work, the tips won’t work.
The to-do list is always long, it grows every day. On occasion, we do not want to do all the things we need to do. At those times we need motivation. Sometimes motivating factors are all around us. For example, the mortgage is due, the electric bill is due, groceries need to be purchased and things of that nature. Those things are motivating factors, they give us a reason to march up and down the to-do list. Another motivator is a deadline at work or desire for a promotion. At home, we are often motivated by screaming children grabbing at our legs. All of these are external motivators that force us to get up and moving.
What do you do when your get up and go has gotten up and gone?
However, on occasion, there is nothing in the world forcing us to do what we need to do. Some times, there are no external reminders or pressures, but we still have to get through the to-do list. On those occasions, at those times, we need to get up and motivate ourselves. In other words, as my twins say, “You need to chick up!” We have to find the will and the way to get through the to-do list.
The following are a few motivational tools for getting through a to-do list:
1. competition-how fast can you get the work done
2. reward pick a small treat for yourself as a reward for getting through the list
3. pride concentrate on the good feeling that comes from getting a job done
4. peer pressure tell a friend or two that you have to get through the list and need them to push you along to get it done
5. collective effort – gather a friend or two and help each other get through your respective to-do lists
My favorite trick for finding the motivation to get the to-do list done is to find out what motivates you. You need to take the time to figure out what you want as a reward. What does it take for you to do something? What is it that makes you smile? Whatever it is that makes you smile can be used to motivate you to get through the to-do list. Now that we have a notion of how to motivate ourselves, next Monday we will look at how motivation actually gets us through the to-do list.