1 Feb 2017

How To Stay Motivated

The start of a new year is great! I love the beginning of new things. It gives me a chance to start fresh, clear my head, have some resolutions, set some goals and get down to achieving everything I want to. 

I know people go on and on about January blues... for me, it's February blues. I mean, the excitement of a new year is rapidly decreasing the second that Feb 1st rolls around and I just feel a bit meh tbh. Being unmotivated is natural but for the perfectionist and organised crazy lady that I am, it's something I cannot deal with. When I feel demotivated, I feel like everything in my life will fall apart (exaggeration, I know - I overthink waaaay to much!)

So here are a few ways that I stay motivated, especially during university mental breakdowns, 20-year-old life crisis' (trust me, it happens) and throughout those down days. 

Positivity is key
Surround yourself with positivity. There is nothing worse than something or someone negative holding you back. Let it go and move on. Be positive. Live and breathe being positive. Make positivity your mantra.

Reward yourself
After completing a few paragraphs of my dissertation, I normally treat myself. Whether that is a slice (or two) of cake or buying those shoes you really wanted. Remember to treat yo' self when you achieve something! It helps you to keep going and get it done (especially if you love cake as much as I do).

Find what makes you happy
The biggest motivator for me is being happy. I know what makes me happy and will make me happy so I just go and focus on those things. I mean, why would I continue doing something that bores me or makes me feel crap? Don't like your job? Quit. Feel frumpy? Exercise. Hate your hair? Change it. Whatever it is, find your happiness and you'll instantly feel better. It's the little things that can make a big difference!

Set yourself realistic goals
When I'm working on an assignment, I always give myself plenty of time to do it. I know that I have to do something towards it each week and therefore it becomes manageable. Don't try and cram everything into one small period of time (unless you work better under pressure and in that case, I bow down to you because I literally cannot do that!) So pace yourself and set realistic goals.

Visualise your end goal
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with the previous two points. For example... I know that I want to get a job that I am happy with and in order to do that, I need to graduate. Therefore I should be working very hard during my university studies to achieve that end goal and ultimately, I will eventually (& hopefully) graduate, get a job and be happy!

Watch a motivational film, documentary or speech
To give yourself a kick up the backside, watch something motivational. There are so many motivational speakers, films or documentaries out there to help you get your mojo back. Personally, I like Youtube videos (like TedTalks or FunForLouis) because I find them inspiring. Find something that works for you.

Read motivational stories
Blogs (Career Girl Daily is one of my current faves) give me some motivation sometimes, as does music, but books - a new thing for me - is one of things that really gets me in the working mood. I read success stories and I'm fascinated and I want to achieve something like that. Find some inspirational books and read them! I've currently got Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso waiting to be read on my book-shelf but I'm saving it for a rainy day.

Give yourself some credit
This is something I should do more. I know that I work hard but sometimes I put myself down by thinking I don't work hard enough or I could be doing more. I'm going to admit that I sometimes de-motivate myself and it's just apart of who I am (and I'm working on improving that because it is a bad habit of mine). So give yourself some credit and recognise that you've worked hard so far and you should keep going.

And there you go... a few motivational tips to kickstart a new month!
How do you stay motivated?


  1. Lovely post babe! Motivation is so important and I love the tips. 20 year old life crises are totally a thing, and I'm with you on those!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  2. I loved having a read of this because I'm lacking motivation as of late but i know positivity is key, I just wish there was more of it around! Have a lovely day :)

    Trishna xx


    1. Very true! And you :) Thanks for popping by x

  3. I love reading motivational books and constantly visualising my goals! Good luck with the dissertation, I completely understand how stressful things can get an Uni ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

    1. Yesss! I don't know why I didn't discover those kinds of books earlier! Thank youuuu xx

  4. Just reading this already made me feel motivated! This list would be great with any kinds of goals whether it's about study, career, fitness or even blogging! Thanks for sharing these x

    Kaylee 🌛ㅣJK's Dawn

    1. Exactly! You can apply it to any aspect of your life really :) Glad it helped out x


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