Tip #1 – Make a Deal with Yourself
If you want to overcome procrastination and start getting things
done, you need to make a deal with yourself. This deal can be
either big or small. For example, you can tell yourself, “When I’m
done with these reports, I can take a walk in the park and enjoy
some ice cream.” Giving yourself something fun to do once you
complete your task can keep you motivated to get things done.
Tip #2 – Leave Yourself Messages in the Morning
There may be mornings when you look in the mirror and don’t like
what you see. This can quickly kill any motivation you have and
quickly ruin your day. To avoid this issue, find a message that will
inspire you to be your best, even if you don’t look or feel it. Using
a dry erase marker, write the self-affirming message on your
bathroom mirror. This will help build your self-image and help you
start your day on a positive note.
Tip #3 – Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
One phrase that can quickly zap your motivation, “Just five more
minutes.” When you hit your snooze button, you’re starting your
day off by procrastinating the inevitable task of getting up and
going. Having an extra five minutes in bed in the morning isn’t
going to do you any favors and will kill your motivation.
Tip #4 – Practice Positive Self Talk
If you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, start
practicing positive self-talk. When your alarm goes off in the
morning, instead of grumbling and hitting the snooze button, tell
yourself, “I can do this!” By affirming yourself in this way, it will
make it easier for you to get out of bed and get going in the
Tip #5 – Stay on a Regular Schedule
Knowing what to expect can keep you motivated, which is why it’s
important to know your daily schedule and stick with it as much as
you possibly can. While things do happen that can interrupt a
schedule, knowing that you have one planned and in place can
make it much easier to keep on track and still stay productive
during the day.
Tip #6 – Breakfast is Key
Eating a healthy and balanced breakfast is the key to starting your
day out right. Food is energy, so by eating in the morning and
choosing the right types of foods, you will remain focused on your
daily tasks and goals. Even when you feel pressed for time, have a go-to meal that will give you the nutrition you need to start your
day off right.
Tip #7 – Have a Morning Routine
Having a morning routine can help you gain motivation to propel
you into the rest of your day. Knowing what to expect and
knowing that once it’s done what comes next will help you make it
through your day. Changes in your routine can make it difficult to
think clearly and have a productive day. However, doing the same
general activities in the same order can help you get going.