MIND -TRICK YOUR WAY TO SELF-MO­TI­VA­TION

Healthy Woman - - HEALTHY LIFE -

There al­ways seems to be some­thing that needs to be done. From the stacks of laun­dry to the chil­dren’s af­ter school ac­tiv­i­ties and those 20 plus un­read emails that aren’t go­ing to read them­selves. But with all the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties star­ring back at you, some­times it’s hard find­ing the mo­ti­va­tion to do it all. And some­times we need some tricks up our sleeves to get our brains to co­op­er­ate. Here are some ways to kick up your mo­ti­va­tion lev­els and get things done: Take the tasks at hand and not only think about suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing them, but also break­ing down the process to­wards that suc­cess. That in­cludes the steps in the process, how you will feel, and how the fi­nal out­come will look. Stud­ies have shown that vi­su­al­i­sa­tion lights up the same parts of the brain that would con­trol the ac­tions one is think­ing about. There­fore, when you do chose to ac­tu­ally do the task it will be eas­ier be­cause your body will think you’ve done it be­fore.

Lack of mo­ti­va­tion leads to procrastination and a mad rush near the dead­lines. Adding in a few fake dead­lines in your cal­en­dar can help you

get started on projects in good time. That means both the long and short term projects will get the same at­ten­tion qual­ity. The trick is to mix the fake ap­point­ments with real ones on your cal­en­dar to make it hard to cheat on your sched­ule. Low dips are al­ways in­evitable; even if you’ve al­ready mas­tered the art of self-mo­ti­va­tion. That’s where in­spi­ra­tional women, who have achieved great things come in. Read­ing quotes or watch­ing in­ter­views of women you ad­mire helps you get back into the right mind-set. Be­ing in the right headspace means chal­lenges get a lot eas­ier to deal with. Mul­ti­task­ing is a myth. To get any­thing done you need a clearer mind that isn’t be­ing dis­tracted by so­cial me­dia and mo­bile phones to say the least. Fo­cus all your at­ten­tion on the cru­cial tasks at hand. Part of those in­ter­rup­tions in­clude wait­ing for the ‘per­fect time or op­por­tu­nity’. Not able to fin­ish the en­tire project at the mo­ment? There’s the op­tion of do­ing a spe­cific part of the larger project now and then slowly take small steps to ar­rive at your ul­ti­mate goals.

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