How to Stay Motivated

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling totally unmotivated lately. I didn’t know what to blog about, and the fact that I was working over 25 hours, on top of my 15 hours of classes every week, didn’t help. Once I finally had the time to sit down and write new posts, I was struck by a complete lack of motivation. Whether you’re a blogger or a college student, motivation is something that is important if you want to succeed. But keeping it is not always easy. There are a few ways that helped me get motivated once again, and today I thought I would share them with you!

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Remind yourself why you’re doing it

Sometimes, the best way to get your motivation back is to sit down and think about it. Why are you doing it? If you’re a college student, maybe it’s because you want to have a job you’ll love, or because you already know what position you want to have once you graduate. If you’re a blogger, maybe it’s because you want to inspire others. No matter what, reminding yourself the reasons behind your choice will give you a boost of motivation. Think about why you’re feeling like this, and what you can do to get back to that motivated, can-do-anything mindset. I wrote a post about why I blog, and every time I feel like giving up, I read it again. It helps me remember why I dedicate all of this time and effort to what I’m doing, and that makes me feel like I can conquer the world.

Set up (realistic!) goals

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like setting up goals to get me back to my motivated mood. Sometimes, the only reason why you don’t feel like doing anything is because you don’t know where you’re going. Setting up goals will help give you a sense of purpose. So sit down, think about what you want to accomplish and write it all down. Think about the bigger picture, things you want to do with your life. It could be related to your career, to your life in general, or simply personal things you want to accomplish. Then, break up those bigger goals into smaller, easier to reach, ones. Dismantling those big goals into smaller ones will keep you motivated because, as you reach them, you will be one step closer to making your dream come true.

For your goals to be attainable, they should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Don’t just say “I want to lose weight”. Instead, think “I want to lose 5 pounds in 6 weeks”. Also, think about what you can do to reach that goal. For a fitness goal, it could be “I will go to the gym three times a week for 30 minutes”. Already knowing how to reach your goal will motivate you to do it.

Follow inspiring people

Another way to get yourself back to your motivated mode is to follow people that inspire you. For me, reading other college blogs and reading other people’s success stories inspires me to work harder in university to reach my goals. Reading other people’s blogs also inspires me to make my own the best it can be. Reading other people’s content gives me ideas for my own blog, and you will often find me browsing through Pinterest to find ideas for my next blog post.

But it doesn’t have to be a blog. You can read books about people that inspire you. Memoirs and self-help books can be great motivators. Sometimes, simply following someone who posts inspiring pictures on social media can spark up your motivation.

Reward yourself

You probably know by now how much of a fan I am of the rewarding system. Well, believe it or not, rewards are a great way to stay motivated! Remember those goals we talked about earlier? Reward yourself when you reach them! It doesn’t have to be a big treat: go out with your friends for a girls’ night out, get your favorite coffee order at Starbucks, eat a piece of chocolate… The important thing is that you treat yo’self! You worked hard and you deserve it. Rewarding yourself every once in a while help ensure that you stay motivated. It will make you want to accomplish your other goals!

Make it fun

Sometimes, what makes us want to give up is the routine. Always doing the same thing the same way can get boring, and leave you not wanting to do it. Instead, try to do things a different way! Don’t want to study for that exam? Try a new study spot! Don’t feel like hitting the gym? Try a Zumba class! Honestly, there are tons of different ways to do the things you’re doing, even if you don’t know them. Browse the Internet for ideas if you’re feeling uninspired or ask your friends! Sometimes, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even feel like you’re working!

Plan ahead

If you’re a type-A person like me, planning always make things easier. I’m not saying that you should plan whether you’ll feel motivated or not – no one can plan that! But sometimes, planning things you are dreading to do will help you do them. Once it’s written down, commit to your schedule and just do it! Getting started is normally the hardest part. Once you’ll be invested in your task, it definitely won’t feel as bad as it seemed – I promise!

Track your progress

Talking about those goals again… A great way to get back to your motivated state is to see how far you’ve come! Honestly, every time I feel a little down with blogging, I check just how much my blog has grown. In the span of six months, I’ve moved to self-hosted, rebranded, and multiplied my traffic by 20! Back in March, I had reached a little over 300 page views on my blog, and I couldn’t be happier. Now, look at me: I get over 5,000 page views a month, and I’ve made a lot of blogging friends!

So whether it is your blog stats, your grades, or your fitness journey, take a look at how far you’ve come and pat yourself on the back. You did this! Not your mom, not your friends, but you, on your own!

Talk to other people

Sometimes, it’s great to have an outsider’s point of view. Whenever I feel uninspired or unmotivated, I talk to my friends or my family. They don’t always understand what I’m going through, but sometimes they have great advice to offer! It may surprise you to find out that they have been going through similar things and know what it’s like to feel this way. Their situation may not be the same, but we all know what it’s like to feel a lack of motivation! If you’re not comfortable talking to people around you or your blogging friends, you can always seek professional help. Getting it out of your system will definitely help you move on!

Surround yourself with positive people

This one sort of goes hand-in-hand with my previous point. Don’t stay with people who bring you down. Sometimes it can be hard (especially when they’re family), but you do not want to stay around people who don’t believe in you.

In high school, I was with a group of friends who not only didn’t believe in my abilities, but they also didn’t care about me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but as soon as it hit me, I made the decision to keep them out of my life. It was hard for me to stay away from them after high school because they kept on asking to get together, but I didn’t want them to make me feel the way I used to. I was miserable, I had absolutely no self-confidence. Thankfully, that changed in college, but trust me when I say that I know what I’m talking about. My family (especially my mom) also tends to be this way, so sometimes I have to learn not to lean on them so much. It’s hard, but it’s in my best interest.

Surrounding yourself with positive people will help stay fulfill and happy. Have you ever seen a happy person that was unmotivated? No? Well, that’s exactly my point. 😉

What do you do to keep your motivation?

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  • I love what you had to say about making it fun! Today, I’m going to register for a library card at the public library and try it out as a new study spot 🙂

    X,
    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

    • I’m glad you enjoyed! Making it fun is a great ways to shake things up and make it more interesting. I hope you’ll like the library!

  • Great tips on staying motivated!
    I am a wife and mama to two toddler and next monday I
    will be going back to work – FULL TIME!
    I am excited and nervous, but I know there are going to
    be times I will question everything! lol. probably when I am super tired from work
    and having to chase after my toddlers. I will def need to remember to
    stay motivated!

    • Wow, good luck! Don’t forget that motivation and time management is key! And definitely do not forget to take care of yourself every once in a while. 🙂

  • Hey Amelie! This is a great post, especially because we’re approaching the middle of the semester, where a lot of people start to lose motivation. Talking to people (especially my family or close friends) is my favorite way to get re-motivated because they’re so encouraging. Setting realistic goals is another good way, because it drives you to do something not too intimidating 🙂
    -Aly (welcometoalysworld.com)

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed, Aly! And you’re right, we ARE approaching the middle of the semester, which freaks me out a little bit, haha.

  • Molly O’Connor

    Great post!! Tracking progress is a huge thing for me- it seems like so little when it is happening but is amazing when you go back and look!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    • Thank you! And I know, right?! Tracking progress is a great way to see how far you’ve come. When you’re always looking at the present, it seems like nothing is happening, but when you go back and see your progress, it’s really motivating!

  • much needed post! loved it

    • I’m glad you enjoyed!

  • Yes following inspirational people is the best thing! When I’m feeling down and unmotivted I love watching MarissaLace’s videos on YouTube! She always gets me inspired.

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

    • I never watched her videos, I’m going to have to check her out!