How to Stay Motivated to Finish
With 2020 coming to close many people are setting New Year’s resolutions for 2021. It’s a time where we reflect on the past year and set goals for tasks and habits to improve in the coming year.
If you’re one of those blessed people who finishes everything consistently, stop reading. However, if you’re like most people, you probably have a laundry list of half-finished projects and unmet resolutions haunting you.
We’re here to help! We all want to change nasty habits and improve ourselves, so here are some tips for reaching the end of the road.
Imagine the feeling of finishing
In the midst of hard, ugly work, it’s difficult to see the beauty of a finished project. Whether it’s a novel, artwork, or home improvement project, there’s always a discouraging middle piece that makes you want to quit. Focus on the feeling of accomplishment you get when it’s done.
Set aside daily blocks of time
Feelings aren’t reliable. It’s inevitable that some days you just won’t want to face it. Organize your days and weeks with blocks of time to work on your project regardless of how you feel. It will eventually get done as your good days make up for the slow ones.
Set up your workspace
If set up and cleanup are part of the task every single time, then you have an automatic barrier to working on your project. While you need to keep a tidy work area, have as much ready to go as possible so you can dive right in with minimal fuss.
Take a break
Lack of motivation is one thing but burnout is quite another. Take breaks to rejuvenate and make sure you have a set time to return to the project so you’re not more tempted to abandon it.
This may not seem critical to staying focused on a project but it’s more important than you think. Taking time to nourish relationships closest to you will keep you going longer with less stress and guilt (especially if you have small children).
Life gets busy and with ups and downs, tasks can take longer than we plan. Try not to be discouraged if you haven’t reached your deadline. Instead, review your progress from the beginning. As long as you’re consistent, you’ll see the growth from the beginning and will want to keep going.
Focus on actions, not outcomes
This is a biggie. We tend to get lost in the desire for an outcome, whether it’s weight loss or completion of a fantastic project. This leads to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated when we’re working and progress is slow. Focus on putting in the time and doing the work.
Here’s hoping that you stay motivated and finish your projects!How Can Your HVAC Reduce Coronavirus Risk? » « Merry Christmas from Western!