While most of us start a week -or a day- full of positive energy and ready to get the job done , whatever it is, staying motivated is one of the most common challenges that many people face. I used to be one of them. My main problem was to keep my A-game through the week. It’s really a challenge to keep up the determination and stay focused on what’s important. I read many books and listen to many speeches to find a way to overcome this problem. What I realized was that I can’t fit in any of those categories and “must do” lists completely. So I chose all the things that work best for me from different websites, books, articles or speeches and made a list of my own. For last four months it kept me on the track and helped me feel confident and energized all week.
The first thing I do -which I do every Sunday night- is to write a weekly schedule. I got this from Bullet Journal. I realized that I don’t need to write down every single task of the week. All I need is to write down the most important tasks of every week-for example meetings, important emails, appointments, photo shoots……- This list sits on my desk just beside my laptop all week.
Doing this helps me stay focused on my priorities and gives me an overview of the week. In addition to that I know that I wouldn’t miss any main task during this week. As a result I’ll have a clear vision of my goals, the week ahead and I’ll be less stressed out. In addition to that it makes me feel good to see all the things I’ve done towards my goals at the end of the week.
The second action is just a note that I attach to the back of my cellphone. I write my main goal for the week ahead on this piece of paper. This way even if I don’t read it every time I pick up my phone I feel it, which is a reminder of what I need to focus on. I learned this from Brendon Burchard. He suggests to set hourly alarm with a inspirational quote or a positive word to stay positive and focused. I found out that it’s not practical for me. For example in an office your coworkers may find it annoying. Although you can attach the note to your laptop or computer, I think it’s more private to keep it on the back of your mobile phone.
Third action that I do every other day is to write down a short list of my goals and dreams or reasons that keep me going, side by side of all the good things that I’ve already have in my life. It pushes me to go for what I want and keeps me satisfied and grateful for what I have in my life at the same time. It reminds me all the work that needs to be done in addition to show me how far I’ve come and how lucky I am.
These are three main actions that I use to keep myself on track and avoid any distractions. It’s obvious that a daily schedule is necessary too.
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