How to keep yourself motivated?

We all know that goal-setting is very important when it comes to time management. A lot of people have no problems setting their goals (if you do, you may want to check out this post). When they start a new project, they get all excited about it and set a bunch of goals for themselves.

However, oftentimes their motivation wanes after a while. When that happens, they don’t want to follow through with their goals anymore, and in the end, they just give up on the project. All the time that they have spent on planning the project is wasted.

So how do we avoid this? In this post, I’m going to share some motivation tips with you.

Make your goals visual

Whatever that is you are working towards, make it visual. Take a picture of the car you have been wanting to buy. Cut out the ad of the beach vacation that you have been looking forwards to for the longest time. Write down the goals that you want to accomplish by the end of 2011, etc.

How to keep yourself motivated?

Stick these pictures, ads, papers, or whatever at a place at work or at home where you can see them often. Whenever you feel discouraged and want to give up, these visual items will remind you of your goals and keep you motivated.

Make a contract with yourself

According to researches, people who write down to-do-lists are far more successful in getting things done than those people who just keep mental to-do lists. It could be that putting something in writing somehow makes it more powerful psychologically.

If you’re not a pen-and-paper person, you can always keep your to-do lists on your computer or smartphone. There are so many great software and apps out there that allow you to keep track of your to-do lists easily. I’ll talk about those in another post.

Reward yourself

Everyone likes to be rewarded for getting things done, especially for a job well done. Even a simple pat on the back or “good job” may do the trick. So, give yourself a pat on the back after you get something done next time! If you have worked really hard to accomplish a task, buy yourself a small gift as a reward.

Read books of success stories

Everybody loves success stories. A book of success stories proves to be encouraging. It improves your attitude and sometimes even heal your mind. You will not only learn from others’ experiences but also get motivated to move ahead with your plans and goals and get things done.

One last thing

I hope these tips will help you get motivated. However, if you think you still need a little push, there is one last thing you must try. Whatever it is that you have been meaning to do, JUST DO IT! Getting your hands dirty is the best solution to your motivation problem. By “forcing” yourself to just do it, your momentum will pick up gradually as you go along, and before you know it, you’re done!