The Art of Self-Motivation

I started writing a recipe post for you all, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Also, no Weekend Warriors post this week, as the current, giant project is not yet finished 🙂

Instead, I thought I’d see if I could spark a discussion on something that I have been working on. Self-motivation.

I am lucky enough to have a job that I really enjoy doing. I get to work from home, set my own hours, and create things that I can be proud of. It’s pretty great, and I am very grateful to have this opportunity.

However, it has also been one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever had. Ironic, right?

My office job, which I did not really enjoy was, in a sense, easy. I had to wake up each morning at the same time, fight traffic, arrive, take scheduled breaks and lunch, and go home at the same time every day. It wasn’t enjoyable, but it was stable. I had a routine.

So now, I’m in a place in my life where I have to set my own routine. What? No classes? No commute? No one is going to yell at me if I’m not at a certain place at a certain time??

I know, I know, it’s the lap of luxury.

It has also been a pretty rude wake up call. I am not that great at self-motivation.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have managed to keep up with my work and be reasonably productive with the rest of my life.

But at the end of each day I just think of how I could have done so much more with my day.

So, I thought that I would appeal to all of you, my wise learned friends and family, for any tips and tricks that you may have for getting in a routine and maximizing your time 🙂

It’s something that I know a lot of people struggle with. And I am working very hard to improve.

Some things I am working on are having goals of all sizes, finding a routine, and holding myself accountable for all the things I need/want to do.

I would love to hear any success stories, tips, tricks, or problems that you have/are facing!

Also, I will leave you with a few images that inspire me, and some words to live by.

And also, whenever I face something difficult, I respond with these words: Challenge Accepted.

True Story.

8 thoughts

  1. laurafee

    August 9, 2011

    First off, it’s true, you do say challenge excepted. Good stuff, and quite admirable.

    Now onto your topic, lol. I feel the best way to motivate yourself is develop routines. If you aren’t great at developing them, ask someone to develop some with you, or develop some with certain people (they don’t have to know it’s a routine lol).

    Something else I like to do is make lists (in general I love them and being efficient). Make lists of things you want to do, things you are passionate about, things you want to make time for, or something else you might find helpful/appropriate.

    Ultimately it’s a mental decision… I will ponder what caused me to recently find some 🙂


    1. Yeah, those are things I’ve been working on, I’ll keep at it, thanks my dear 🙂


  2. Sometimes when you are self employed you feel like you have to work 24/7 to be sure you get things done. It helps to have a goal of work hours…6, 8 , 10…whatever you need to make the money you need. The joy of self employment is you can work those hours anytime. Keep a record for a week or so of when and how long you actually work. When done…move away from the work.


    1. Thanks Gma, I’ll give that a try! That will probably help with making a routine as well 🙂


  3. Discipline…a key word. It takes 21 days to form a habit. So decide one habit you must have and just do it…for 21 days 😉


  4. I agree with you 100%. This stupid retail job I have has caused me to be off my routine for quite some time, now. My sleep is all messed up, the house needs cleaning, the dog doesn’t get to walk as regularly, I don’t have any schedule at all for exercise or meals, either. I don’t know how people do this for 15 or 20 years! I desperately need a REAL job so I can get rid of my stupid retail job.
    I will keep reading, so I can learn along with you.


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