5 Simple Steps to Stay Motivated

I’ve found myself losing a lot of motivation the past few weeks. I’ve been struggling to go to the gym and eat healthy, which I’m partially blaming on the cold weather because in all honesty, exercise doesn’t sound too appealing when you could be all cosy on the couch with Netflix.

But it’s not just with keeping healthy I lost motivation, it was with work and just being able to stay on top of daily errands.

After some minor breakdowns and a block (or two) of chocolate later I’m now feeling much better. I think sometimes we just need time out to accept that we’re human and we’re not going to be feeling 100% all the time – and you shouldn’t blame yourself for it.

Here’s 5 steps that helped me get back on track.

Write a to-do list. You probably already saw this one coming, but writing a to-do list the night before is my key to a successful and productive week. It’s an effective time management tool and will cut down your procrastination. I always find that writing it by pen and paper makes them feel real, so it stops me from slacking off as much.

Define your outcomes. Write down your goals for the week, month and even year! I always have my short term and long term goals written down in my planner and it reminds me why I work so hard. Figure out what you want to achieve and how you’re going to do it.

Wake up earlier. You’ll get a lot more done even just waking up an hour earlier so try to make it a habit. You’ll be one step ahead, and studies show that early risers are more productive throughout the day. For example, In Winter I’ve found exercising in the morning easier because after work it’s already dark, freezing and much too difficult to motivate myself.

Take more breaks. Don’t overwork and risk burning yourself out. Keep your mind healthy and refreshed with regular breaks and fresh air. According to this article, breaks help us retain information and reevaluate our goals, so don’t ever feel guilty about it!

Reward yourself. This is a really tough one especially when you’re working from home, but don’t let yourself go unappreciated. You should be your own motivation. I treat myself regularly, and it doesn’t have to always be something you buy. Just take some time out to do whatever makes you feel happy and rejuvenated.

How do you stay motivated? Any secrets? Do tell!

  • I need more breaks, seriously, and also I wake up early but my body won't sleep until later which is a curse as I NEED 8 hours – bed at 8pm for me…..

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Alice

    great advice – I am trying to wake up earlier as I am so much more productive but it is quite difficult! x



  • I've been rather down and out all of May because of a huge setback and it's majorly affected my work including my blog – like you said, it's all I can do to keep up with my errands, let alone do any creative work. I've done all those 5 steps you've mentioned (which are part of my routine anyway) including reward myself with some spiffy shoes I'll probably never wear but I still find myself stuck in the mire…personally, I find the best way to stay motivated is when I receive some return for all my hard work. Maybe I should stop waiting for things to happen, but create new opportunities instead. x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • Haha I seriously have the same problem. I can't wake up after 9pm anymore which is crazy because I used to be able to sleep through the whole day! x

  • I found it SO hard at the start (& in Winter) but now my body is so used to it! x

  • I'm sorry to hear that! I couldn't agree more with your last point, opportunities definitely don't create themselves (something I learned the hard way). Receiving praise for hard work is always motivating, but unfortunately a bit hard in the freelance industry when there's no one above you to say you've done a good job! I hope you find your motivation & creativity again! xx

  • i totally get what you mean with the netflix!!! love your post here! xx

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • This post couldn't have come at a better time – I don't know if it's the awful weather, but I have become so unmotivated! I haven't been to the gym in three weeks, which I feel super guilty about. Setting my alarm now to go tomorrow morning!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • The to-do list is really great – it keeps your organized and less stressed as you can see what you have to do rather than make it seem bigger in your mind. And there's so much satisfaction in crossing things off as you do them. I sort of just force myself to do things – if I haven't gone to the gym in a few weeks, I will look up pictures of really athletic people or celebrities to motivate myself haha.

    Nabihah | thesundaywardrobe.blogspot.com

  • These are some fantastic tips! When I loose motivation I definitely think to-do lists and waking up early are some of the best things you can do!


  • Waking up early is something I love to do when I do it, but convincing myself to push my alarm time forward is hard to put into action.


  • Lists are so important. I seem to have a natural ability to distract myself constantly- haha, sometimes its useful, it means I am great with coming up with random ideas. When your trying to focus on 1 task not so good, they should invent glue seats that only let you go when the jobs done! haha..

  • Need this post in my life right now, fin dit even more of a struggle working from home. Think I need to bring back the good old pen and paper to-do list like you say. It sounds odd but I find instagram quite motivating – I know everything is filtered and perfected on there but you can't help finding a bit of get up and go seeing all that perfect loveliness! Stops me feeling 'stagnant' as I say!

    Abbi x

  • ugh, I've got exams in a few weeks and I have such a hard time finding motivation and focus to study. This has been helpful, though!

  • Coco Cami

    Thank you very much for sharing this post, these tips are so useful. It can be difficult to stay motivated :)

    Camille xo


  • Lists and regular short breaks are super important in staying focused and motivated. I find that posting motivational stickies along with reminders are a great way for me to stay on task (:

    x Jia, honeyandgazelle.wordpress.com

  • To do lists are really important, but including fun activities to do as reward for getting something less fun done really helps! Weather always affects my get-up-and-go too, it's June in Ireland, but it's rained all day! Tip though – weather doesn't matter when you're in the gym!

    x Síle

  • I need to wake up earlier, I always find myself having lie in's at weekends!

    Jenna // Beauty And The Style

  • Loved this post. Todo lists are literally the only way that I'm able to get any work done. & taking regular breaks can be just as important as the time you spend working on something!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  • great post to read whilst taking a revision break! xx

  • Great post – I think writing to-do lists is definitely my motivation, then reward yourself afterwards! I always feel so satisfied when everything is ticked off!

    Paige x // The Joys of Being Paige

  • Liz

    These are all great tips! I definitely needed this today!

    xo, Liz

  • Lou

    Nice post! You inspired me, thanks. :)


  • These are such great tips! I love writing a list of the things I need to do and then checking them off when I finish them makes me feel so accomplished for some reason. haha :)


  • Great tips. I need this right now.

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

  • Great tips! Definitely all about reward hahah x

    Katina | http://www.katinalindaa.com

  • Great tips! With exams coming up I definitely needed this right now. Writing to do lists are definitely one of my favourite ways of staying organised and completing tasks, I can't live without them.. and of course coffee haha! x

    Toni x

  • I think it's okay to sleep in during the weekends if you need that extra rest though! :P

  • Something I always do to keep myself motivated is ask myself why I started doing this in the first place and that always makes me want to do it! Love your tips as well lovely xx


  • Sarah Betty

    I LOVE this list and I think the world needs more of them. I want to try and write two lots of my goals out a day, as apparently this is what really successful people do!

    Sarah Betty xx

  • Z.

    Angela –
    I have an on-off relationship with waking up early, lol. It's been really bad lately because I've been back and forth between time zones so much. I find that I am extremely more motivated during the day, and yet somehow I tend to get more work done at night. My life.


  • Rachel Ang

    This is such a great roundup ! Thanks for sharing!

    Rachel x

  • Writing goals is so important. You define what you want and how you need to get it. Writing to-do lists is pivotal to stay on top of things; otherwise, how do you know what you need to do that day? It's so easy to forget things and get confused; maybe write down only 3 things, the ones you absolutely have to do that day; in that way, you don't overbook your day, but you will feel accomplished by completing the 3 tasks you decided the night before.

    Love your blog!

  • Katie Melissa

    To-do Lists help me so much! I feel so much better and it's such a rewarding feeling when you can check off things as you do them!xx

  • Lucy Lees

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! I've been in a 'slump' for a fair while so I'll be taking all of this on board :)
    Life inside the Locket

  • Stephanie Chalk

    These are great reminders for all of us! Xo, Stephanie

  • Charlotte
  • Thank you! I really needed this!

  • lifestyleandso

    lovely post! great tips,thank you for sharing