I woke up early this morning and found myself thinking about what is necessary for success. The thought of motivational strategies and tools is what came to mind. I woke up about 5:00 a.m. with the intention of writing and posting to my blog. Guess what, because there are so many tiny projects on my mind, I got distracted hopped over to canva and continued working on a promotional poster. After that I then hopped over to youtube to conduct research on “choosing a website domain”. Did I achieve my goal of writing a new article and posting? Well, I fell asleep on the chair first with the laptop on my lap and lost about two hours.
Motivational strategies and tools are essential for me in order for me to fulfill my daily goals. There are some tasks or projects that I would easily migrate to, while they are others I have to will myself to do. What is interesting is when I carefully study my behavioral patterns I can see the strategies and tools that are applied to motivate myself. This is what I like about introspection; you can learn from your behaviours and identify what works and what does not. Additionally, I love listening to others share stories about their journey through life because I am further enriched.
So here are some simple everyday strategies, tools, techniques (whatever you want to call them) to keep you moving towards your goals.
Identify the time of the day when you are most productive and try scheduling tasks that require more focus during that period. For me that time is anywhere between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Plan weekly using the calendar on your mobile phone since it is more than likely the one thing you would always have with you.
As you plan or rather before you confirm your plans share them with your household to ensure there are no clashes and you are prioritizing well.
Whenever you feel the temptation to procrastinate, try to imagine what the outcome would be like if you do procrastinate and then if you don’t. I am telling you this one works like a boss for me.
Look and listen to videos, podcasts etc. that are geared towards motivating others towards success.
Start a journal with the purpose of tracking your journey, ensure to record your achievements as well as your pitfalls, your challenges, the key lessons you learnt along the way, the bible verses or quotes that kept you on your toes. Record all the significant events and activities along your journey. Be sure to go back and review your journal notes weekly or fortnightly and identify the trends that have propelled or slowed down your journey.
Finally, engage in exercises where you are constantly setting or updating your goals and sub goals. Let me explain; now that I have more flexibility with my time, My goal is to achieve 3000 views monthly on my blog, my sub goal is to post articles daily. Later on I would most likely need to revise the sub goal to posting articles twice weekly. The aim here is to intensify activity upfront then phase out my posting to a lesser frequency that still allows for consistency but at a manageable rate pace.
I hope the above tips were useful to you as they are to me. Feel free to comment on your favourite or to share one of your strategies, tools or techniques.
Have an awesome day.