How I got motivated after the Christmas Break
This year I think I fell into the season by soaking up summer, eating and drinking. So climbing my way out of the bean bag (yes we have one on the decking out the back) and getting into the swing of things has been an effort. Mainly because I really, really, REALLY didn’t want to. But, here I am, feeling more motivated and productive with my days.
The first thing I did was get an awesome phone call from my friend who said “What are you doing today? Want to organise our lives?” Yes please! Not to mention that it usually consists of a hanging out with her, she’s a legend, and a vodka. Winning.
We set about writing down our goals for the year and then how we are going to work towards achieving them in January. By aiming for the month, the goals became far more manageable and achievable. Sam (the friend) was going to do cash envelopes as part of her goals (we have both read The Barefoot Investor and CANNOT recommend it enough). I helped by getting out my label maker. Any excuse. 😊
By having this time with Sam we both immediately became accountable. Our resolutions were no longer fuzzy ideas, instead detailed plans of how we can achieve these goals. We were able to bounce ideas off each other and also work out where we can support one another. It also means that when I say “I’m only going to have 1-2 soy chai’s a day instead of 3-4” (Yes, I really do that) I can now message her and say “look how clever I am- (insert picture of boring tea)”. A little needy of me? Yes, very. But these messages won’t last forever. They are just while we break through the dependance of, in my case, sugar. Having someone know of my goals means that I can share these little wins as I go and she can message me similar things. A true friend will make you feel like you are winning at life because you are drinking tea. #worlddomination.
Since creating this plan and writing it all down, we have the foundation and resources to begin. No more excuses. Having a set checklist just for January feels great. It’s a short term goal, and I love ticking things off my list because it makes me feel like a #bossmumma. And then the snowball effect takes place. Once one thing is checked off you feel more motivated to move onto the next thing on your list.
In short this is my advice for getting motivated. Find a friend and family member who can help you work out your goals. Keep it simple and start small. Even if you have a big goal, work out small ways you can work towards that big goal. Write it down so you have something to refer back to. It’s so satisfying to tick off something or draw and big black line through it.
If you don’t have a friend you can do this with then email me! I will always support you and get excited for having one clean cupboard in a hoarders house, one baked cookie on a tray of burnt ones or even a cup of tea.
Thanks for reading,