Managing Motivation

“She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans.”

I currently work full–time in addition to attending grad school as a full–time student. I have a hard time remembering what “free time” feels like and my planner is my lifeline (yes – I still prefer to physically write down my schedule despite the pressures of the digital world). Even though I usually feel completely drained by the end of each day, there is this tiny part of me that continues to feel both encouraged and empowered by my overwhelming schedule.

What really motivates me? I love achieving my goals because the feeling of accomplishment provides me with a sense of purpose and pride. Regardless of the task at hand, I always pour 100% of myself into every single thing I do. I do not believe in minimal effort or creating the illusion of hard work. Most days, I love that I have a motivated mindset as it leads me to feel very productive and accomplished. However, there are days when I wish I had a just a few extra hours to cross a few more things off my never–ending to–do list. As a result of my busy schedule, I do occasionally experience burnout. Therefore, I must continually remind myself that it is of the utmost importance I work towards balancing the seven dimensions of wellness for the sake of my sanity.

If you find yourself struggling to stay motivated, here are some tips to get you back on the motivation train –

Identify your Motivators: It is vital you understand what motivates you. Are you motivated by money or recognition? Or maybe it is the pure feeling of accomplishment? If you are having a difficult time identifying your motivators, ask yourself what encourages you to get out of bed each morning? Once you have identified your motivators, structure your goals around these triggers. When your goals align with your motivators, it will be much easier to pursue your goals.

Scale your Goals: If you find yourself feeling discouraged, break down your goals into smaller, clearly defined actions. As you begin to accomplish these attainable goals, you will feel further encouraged to continue working hard towards your long term goals. Do not forget to reward yourself when you reach your milestones. Rewards are a great reminder that you are accomplishing BIG and meaningful goals.

Etched in Stone: Okay, okay…you can call me old–fashioned, but I refuse to give up my planner. I love writing down my schedule and the tasks I need to accomplish because it feels more permanent. If I make a quick note on my phone, it is so easy to delete that note when I feel strapped for time. Writing in my planner also gives me a visual of the total workload I am facing. Additionally, a planner is a great visual reminder of all the things you have accomplished, and the fun you were able to squeeze into your busy schedule. Plus – who doesn’t love writing with different colored pens and using fun sticky notes?

Incorporate Essential Oils: Did you know there are essential oils that can lift your spirit and revive your intentions? When I begin to feel worn out and unable to press on, I grab my “encouraging blend” for an instant boost of energy, confidence, and motivation. This motivation blend includes Peppermint, Coriander, Clementine, Basil, Yuzu, Vanilla, Rosemary, and Melissa essential oils.

Interested in reading more tips for staying motivated? Check out this post here for additional strategies!

What are some of the ways you motivate yourself to reach your goals? Are there any specific essential oils you incorporate into your daily routine to promote feelings of encouragement? I would love to hear from you!

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