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20 Ways To Maximize Your Motivation All The Time

20 Ways To Maximize Your Motivation All The Time

Motivation is something that needs to be replenished regularly. After all, you can’t maximize your motivation all the time. Can you? Well, it turns out that yes, you can actually maximize your motivation all the time. All it takes is a little dash of optimism, a whole lot of discipline and a hint of encouragement to get you started. To give you an idea, here are 20 ways you can keep your motivation levels at an all-time high:

1. Make your very own life journal.

A life journal is a document that contains your life goals, aspirations and dreams. What makes it different from a vision board is that it contains the steps you’re going to take to reach your dreams. A vision board is a cliché — it only reminds you of what you want. A life journal, on the other hand, shows you what you should do in order to get what you want in life.

2. Find your peak hours and take advantage of them.

Some articles would tell you to wake up early — but what if you’re actually a night owl? Instead of conforming to common rules, personalize your own productivity and maximize your motivation by knowing which time of day works best for you.

3. Start each day with a powerful phrase.

Don’t live your life away — live it with purpose by living according to your powerful phrase. It has to be something emotional, something urgent and something that can instantly make you want to get up when you hear it. Therefore, don’t just read motivational quotes. Make your own mantra as well.

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4. Take a bath.

The way you handle yourself dictates the way you handle the rest of your day. If you can’t be bothered to shower, what makes you think that you can be bothered to pursue your life dreams?

5. Learn to organize energy, not time.

Time organization is limited – you can’t organize time because you can’t handle the way it’s distributed all throughout the day, right? Instead, organize your energy to maximize your motivation. You handle your own energy, so allocating it to specific tasks is much more manageable.

6. Remember that taking a break is essential.

You can’t do something for five hours straight! You have to plan for breaks so that your motivation level isn’t easily depleted. Try taking ten-minute breaks for every hour of work.

7. Cut your tasks into small pieces.

It’s easy to use up all your motivation if you’re thinking about huge and seemingly impossible tasks. Instead of being overwhelmed, get pumped up by distributing your tasks in small pieces. It’s also easier to feel more fulfilled if you’re able to do them one by one without fail.

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8. Get started with one.

Get rid of worrying! If you’re thinking about it, it’s important that you get started in doing it. Worrying about writing a book? Start with the first page. Worrying about exercising? Start with one exercise routine. Worrying about completing an article? Start with one paragraph! Pretty soon, you’ll be motivated to continue.

9. Read motivational books every week.

Your motivation needs to be on overdrive — don’t let it get depleted. Self-help books give you that much-needed boost to get you back on track with your life goals.

10. Have an accomplishment journal.

Every week, write down one thing that makes you feel fulfilled, excited and inspired. It could be something simple, like answering a really long email, or it could be something great, like being invited to talk to a seminar. Write what matters to you.

11. Listen to inspirational talks at least once a week.

You can do this while doing tasks that don’t need too much of your concentration. Play them while sorting through your mail, paying your bills or cleaning your office.

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12. Move. A lot!

Maximize your motivation by maximizing your body’s supply of happy hormones. You don’t need to go to a fancy gym to accomplish this — a simple run around your neighborhood or a basic exercise routine at your home can do wonders for your motivation.

13. Constantly remind yourself why you’re doing something.

Post simple reminders about your goals. For some people, negative reinforcement such as posting “If you don’t do this, you’ll be broke and miserable in the future” can work. For others, posting positive things like “Do this so that people will have better lives because of you” helps as well.

14. Send a message to your unmotivated self everyday.

When you’re in a motivated mood, schedule regular messages to send to yourself. These can be done in a form of an email or a text message. You can even have a special notebook for this. It can go something like this: “Dear Lianne, You’re reading this because you’re not motivated. I know, I’ve been there. It’s so hard, right? That’s why I’m here to help you! Don’t lay down. Sit up. Just sit up. Now, open your laptop. Just try opening it! See your life journal document? Click on that and read a few lines. You’re only clicking on it — that’s not so difficult, right? Read the lines and assess what you feel afterwards. Yes, you’re welcome. Now, go and do something meaningful with your life!”

15. Focus on progress, not perfection.

It’s tiring to see what’s ahead sometimes. Instead of looking forward, look back at what you’ve managed to do and work on that flow.

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16. Be accountable.

Announce your goal in public. Send emails to everyone about it. Post it on Facebook. Write a blog post about it. Let people know about the project that you’re planning to achieve.

17. Don’t be afraid to depend on others from time to time.

When you’re in a slump, talk to your friends about it. Tell your trusted loved ones. Don’t carry the burden all by yourself – people are social creatures for a reason.

18. Realize that your needs are your priorities.

You need to feel fulfilled. You need to achieve your mission. You need to work on what you’re passionate about. If you know all of these things, the fact that you need to work for your objectives seems a bit clearer, doesn’t it?

19. Develop a sense of urgency.

Know about the 20,000 mornings rule? Basically, if you’re already 30 or so, it’s estimated that you only have 20,000 mornings left to live your life. Try putting an automatic counter on your bed side. You wouldn’t want each day to pass without you doing something useful, now, would you?

20. If all else fails, consider whether the task is really worth doing.

Can you really live with the consequences of not doing the task now? If you can’t, get started. If you can, ask yourself again and give the honest answer. Be motivated now. Do it now. Tomorrow, it might already be too late.

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Lianne Martha Maiquez Laroya

Lianne is a licensed financial advisor, Registered Financial Planner, entrepreneur and book author.

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How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

Do you say yes so often that you realize you aren’t really happy about this, wondering how to say no to people?

For years, I was a serial people pleaser. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

It took a long while but I learned the art of saying no. Saying ‘no’ meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. I started to manage my time more around my own needs and interests. When that happened, I became a lot happier. And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

The Importance of Saying No

When you learn the art of saying ‘no,’ you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey considered one of the most successful women in the world confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything. It was only when she realized that after years of struggling with saying no, I finally got to this question: “What do I want?”

Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

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Warren Buffett views no as essential to his success. He said,

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

When I made ‘no’ a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say ‘no.’

From an early age, we are conditioned to say ‘yes.’ We said yes probably hundreds of time in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work. We said yes get a promotion. We said yes to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

We say yes because it feels better to help someone. We say yes because it can seem like the right thing to do. We say yes because we think that is key to success. And we say yes because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist like the boss.

And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we feel guilty we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

The message no matter where we turn is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

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How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty

Deciding to add the word ‘no’ to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say ‘no’ but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of ‘no’ that you could finally create more time for things you care about. But let’s be honest, using the word ‘no’ doesn’t come easily for many people.

The 3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time especially you haven’t done it much in the past will feel awkward.

2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

Remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it, who else knows about all of the demands on your time? No one. Only you are at the center of all of these requests. are the only one that understands what time you really have.

3. Saying ‘No’ Means Saying ‘Yes’ to Something That Matters

When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

6 Ways to Start Saying No

Incorporating that little word ‘no’ into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

One of the biggest challenges to saying ‘no’ is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no reflect poorly on you?

Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because FOMO even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

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Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better.

3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say ‘No’

Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say ‘yes’ because we worry about how others will respond or the consequences of saying no or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose respect from others. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

Keep in mind that saying ‘no’ can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way. You might disappoint someone initially but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to.

4. When the Request Comes In, Sit on It

Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time, or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say ‘no.’ There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

5. Communicate Your ‘No’ with Transparency and Kindness

When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

A clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

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6. Consider How to Use a Modified ‘No’

If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” giving you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

Final Thoughts

Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

Use the request as a fresh request to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself. If you are the one placing the demand on yourself, try to evaluate the demand as if it were coming from somewhere else.

Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project but not by working all weekend. Or, tell someone in your family you can’t loan them money again because they never paid you back the last time. You’ll find yourself much happier.

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