Staying motivated during a busy week can get difficult and overwhelming when you have a lot of things going on. Its OK, I’ve been there too… YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
This past school year, I feel like I have been so much busier than I have ever been, which is probably better than being a couch potato all day. Sometimes I get so caught up on my busy life that I don’t have time to stop and relax before attacking an assignment. And to be honest, I tend to be a person who stresses easily. Especially with all the chaos of my wedding planning, school and work, I tend to lose motivation and have a hard time pushing myself through the stress.
Below, I put together a small list of things that I started doing to get keep myself motivated through these stressful and busy weeks. These are just a few things that have been successful in my experience and I hope they are helpful for you as well.
1 – Create a “To Do List”
I know this doesn’t seem like an important step, but it is! Creating a to-do-list can help keep your week organized. One tool that can be useful for this is a planner. Every year before the semester starts, I always buy myself a planner and make sure that I am writing all of my assignments, meetings, appointments and upcoming exams. If not that, then the calendar app on your iPhone would work sufficiently, as well. That way, you will keep yourself in check and remember everything that will be coming up that week.
2 – Exercise/Stay Active
This is something I struggle with a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE going to the gym, however, its all about TIME! Make sure you give yourself time to go to the gym or simply get yourself moving. Even if it’s just a 10 minute walk or a simple meditation period still will counts as a form of exercise. Doing this can help you in the long run. Research shows that there is a direct link between stress and exercise. Exercising causes your body to pump your endorphin hormones that are within your brain and nervous system. This allows you to have an overall well-being feeling. Any form of exercise with do the job!
3 – Get a Good Night’s Rest
Sometimes I feel like this goes hand and hand with exercise. If you are a college student, like me, then you know that sleep is something you rarely do. Ha. But I’m here to tell you that it is just as important as exercise. Adults are expected to sleep between 7 to 9 hours a night! Whaaaaaat? I know, I can barely get 5 or 6 hours a night. However, sleep gives your brain time to restore itself, especially from a busy week. Giving your brain the proper rest can help your brain to remember all the information it retained that day or all the days before that. So GET YOUR SLEEP ON!
4 – Keep Your Goals in Mind
Sometimes, it easy to forget why you’re working your butt off all week. Remind yourself of the goals that you have set for your future! Whether it’s graduation or simply getting that promotion at work… keeping that in mind will cause you to continually challenge yourself to be better.
5 – REWARD YOURSELF
Nothing is better than rewarding yourself after a busy/stressful week of hell. Your biggest competition is yourself. Challenge yourself everyday and ONLY reward yourself when you reach your goals. Doing this will allow you to stay motivated every time you are trying to attack a task. This can be as simple as going to the bar after work/school and getting a beer or taking yourself to the spa for the day.
Welllllllll, that basically sums it up. This simple list definitely has helped me along the way, and I hope it helps you too.
**Thanks again for reading… Stay tuned for more!**
– oxox, Cynthia