Carving out time in my day designated as work time vs quiet time is one of the most difficult parts about my schedule. I so often find that even when I have the time for one, or both, I don't always end up doing either of them. I'm such a planner that everything needs to be built in, or I probably won't do it!
Recently, my life's built in schedule has gotten much more relaxed, so I'm in the process of learning how to create my own to-do list and figuring out how to stick to it. I'm realizing that a big part of this is making sure the relaxation elements are in place, because they hep motivate me to do the work that I might not have the energy to do otherwise. I'm still figuring all this out, but there are a few things I've learned so far that have helped me. Hopefully they're helpful to those of you struggling to find motivation as well!
1. Morning time I've found that there's nothing more helpful than simply starting the day off right. When I get up an hour earlier than I need to just to relax and chill with Jesus, the rest of my day always goes so much better. It allows me to intentionally set a mindset centered around God instead of unpreparedness and rushing.
2. Painting or drawing
I’ve just started watercolor painting, and it’s already my favorite relaxation activity. Painting is cathartic in and of itself, but coming out with a beautiful work of art makes it all the more fabulous! I especially love painting a solid background of watercolor, and adding some simple calligraphy on top. I truly can’t recommend it enough.
3. Spending time outside
Especially now that it’s getting warmer and greener, simply stepping outside can be so rejuvenating. I always feel so much better just after getting out of my room, especially after working for a while, to get a little prospective about life. Bonus points if I can pick flowers and bring them back to my room with me!
4. Creating relaxing spaces
I think we can all agree that fluorescent lighting is inexplicably exhausting, but I don't think it only applies to fluorescents. Overly dark and muted rooms can have similar effects on me. So, when I need to get some work done, it always helps me if I light a candle, open the shades, and turn on a bit of classical music. It makes working where I am so much more enjoyable, and I'm usually more inclined to work as a result.
Bonus tip - wear cool earrings! I took my own advice and invested in a few pairs, including these tassel earrings from Francesca's. They're my new favorites!
Tell me some techniques you use to stay motivated!