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Been successful lately?

Been successful lately?

Motivation is a tricky thing to nail down.  How do you get yourself motivated to get up, get moving, make a change, get started, and well, get on with things? Some of the challenges we try to tackle seem insurmountable at first. Giant mountains of stuff to tackle,  decisions to make, which options to choose, where to start... I thought I would share a trick I've been using for a few years now to get your motivational mojo flowing. This trick has helped me successfully complete my studies (with kids in tow),  design and create super cute items for my Etsy store whilst also juggling a full-time career, tackle giant mounds of folding/washing/mess that four kids generate. I call it the 20 minute rule. Pick the job you have been putting off. Let's take folding the washing - which tops my list as the worst household chore ever!  Get the basket/s out, pick a flat surface (dining table or folding trestle table works well), then set a timer. As soon as the timer goes off, get cracking. Only do that task, sort/fold/put away for 20 minutes. Don't try to do something else at the same time.  Just sort/fold/put away.  When the timer goes off, stop and check your progress.  Now you've made headway!  Do you want to do another 20 minutes? Or do something different? For me, nine times out of ten I am happy to keep going until it's done. I have tried this trick on studying, and it works just as well. Set up, ready, set a timer and go!  Read, highlight, take notes, start that assignment.  After 20 minutes I am usually in the zone so will keep going.  If I am not, then I have at least started and it's a lot easier next time to sit down and get into it. Ok, now, what is the job you are putting off?  Can you spare 20 minutes? Go! Enjoy xx    
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Fab start  on a to-do list (via The Organised Housewife)

Fab start on a to-do list (via The Organised Housewife)

Happy Tuesday!  Today is Super Tuesday - when I kick in to super-speed mode and smash out a big day on all fronts. Fuelled by coffee (all catch-ups today are taken at cafes when I can), I have jam-packed my day full of meetings, networking, finishing off, planning, big thinking, then after work I have a stock-take to  complete, labels to attach, a giveaway promo to prepare (hooray for that one!)… That giant to do list of mine is getting attacked on all fronts. The secret to a successful Super Tuesday for me goes like this:
  • Write a detailed to do list. Make your jobs specific, like ‘finish reviewing x report, and send back for editing’ or at home ‘clean three shelves in pantry’ or ‘sort through odd sock pile and throw out/ up cycle any remaining solo socks’. Check out The Organised Housewife for some great printables and tips.
  • Make sure you aim high! Write a giant list when you first get up, you can use it as a base for your next Super Tuesday.
  • Do it on a day when you are going to have some energy. For me Monday is rough after the weekend, Wednesday I am well and truly into my week. Tuesday is about right. This works well for me as I work five days a week.  Change it up to suit your routine.
  • Ban all distractions.  No social media, no TV, no time-wasting and no procrastinating.  If it's not on the list, don’t do it.  Push back on meetings, lunch dates, anything you can to give yourself the best chance of success.
  • Tackle your most dreaded jobs first.  Make the awkward phone call.  Clean the crisper/ veg drawer in the fridge. Tackle the most complex report.  Whatever it is, tackle the big stuff first.
  • Take the time at the end of your Super day to reflect on how it went. What did you smash through? What gave you a lot of satisfaction when you finished?  What took you longer that you thought? How did you go with your tough jobs?  What’s left for next week? 
  • Reward yourself!  Read a magazine, spend a bit of time on Facebook, Instagram, whatever your favourite social media time waster/pleasure is.  The point is to take the time to celebrate you much you rocked it on Super Tuesday!
Enjoy xx
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