How to Stay Organized When You are Not Motivated
This morning I woke up feeling completely unmotivated. It was Monday morning. It was dark, dreary, and rainy outside. I just returned yesterday from a long road trip, so the house was a disaster and I was feeling blah that the trip was over.
Doesn’t this photo just make you feel completely unmotivated? (I’m happy to report in no longer looks like this.)
I know many of you feel this way sometimes, so I wanted to share how I overcame it, got myself motivated, and accomplished a lot today.
Of course the ideal would be to wake up each morning and leap out of bed ready to tackle all your tasks. Let’s face it, though. That doesn’t always happen. So here’s what I did:
- First, I got dressed including my tennis shoes and some makeup. Putting on my tennis shoes instantly gets me into “work” mode.
- Next, I did a huge brain dump. I opened a spreadsheet and typed all the things that were in my head. I had so many tasks I didn’t want to forget and things that need to be accomplished this week. Writing them down helped me get them out of my head so I could focus more on the task at hand. You could also do this with a pencil and paper. I highlighted the things that really need to get done this week.
- Then I made a detailed plan for my week and my day. In my planner I assigned the tasks to what day of the week I would accomplish them. Then I wrote a detailed schedule with times for the next few hours of the day. Now that I had a plan of attack, I felt far less overwhelmed and much more ready to get started.
- I started with the most impactful task – getting the house clean and straightened. Not only did the tidier house make me feel instantly more inspired and less overwhelmed, but it was an active that really got me moving. Although it had looked like a disaster zone, it really only took a few minutes to get everything put away.
What do you do when you’re not feeling motivated? How do you get yourself motivated again?
Thanks for this! I certainly have days that I don’t feel motivated – next time I’m going to try all of your tips!
Leslie Gros Says
Thank you! Love your products!
Thanks!! This helped a LOT!!! 🙂
P.S you look beautiful 😉 <3
So helpful! Thanks.
Cathy Lablache de Charmoy Says
Good Morning from South Africa- I logged onto Pinterest this morning looking for motivation- thanks – now going to have my shower get dressed go to my office and do what you suggested and hopefully my week will be a good one 🙂
Larissa Leite Says
Loved your website, thank you so much for all your tips. These past days i haven’t been felling motivated at all, so printed some pintables and stareted to plan my day. But still not sure yet if it is going to work… greetings from Brazil (and i1m sorry for my bad english)
I loved the red and black agenda with the monogram. Do you know where can I get one like that? I have to make a Freshman gift, and she would love it. Thanks.
LauraJane SaysPost author
It’s an arc binder from Staples with this monogram on it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/176038215/monogram-decal-planner-decal-junior-or?ref=shop_home_active_5
Dianne Mixon Says
I was the energizer bunny and the most organized person on the planet for most of my life. I taught early childhood in public school for over 25 years and my organizational skills really came in handy both at home and at work. Then….I got very sick and live in pain now 24/7/365. I can only work for about 10-15 minutes at a time before I have to sit down and rest my back. I do all these things that you suggested, but I feel like I’m spinning my wheels. I got rid of my big house and moved into a much smaller place. It is such a mess…..feel like I am living in a store room. I did get a store room, but have to have help to get some of the stuff there. I’m getting up to shower and dress. You are right about getting dressed! It does put you in “work” mode!