Have you ever had that “Urg, I wish I didn’t have to do that right now” feeling? It’s quite a regular occurrence when you run a home. The baby has just gone to sleep and you can either get on and do something productive with your time, or, (and this is the far more appealing option) you can just sit and have some down time.
Getting yourself motivated can be SO hard. We have so many wonderful things like Facebook, Instagram and PINTEREST that capture our attention, that it makes it really hard to get up off your butt and do some laundry. I know I’d far rather look at all the exciting things I am going to make, cook, build and do “one day!”
So today’s post is a simple HOW TO. How to get going when you’re not feeling motivated. And I’m sorry if you were hoping for a magic formula, I’m just going to pop that little bubble! Sorry! If you want to get going you just have to get up and go! There is no better way to say it and there is no gentle cushioning, I’m afraid.
I know that when I am confronted with that choice, my decision seriously affects my mood and productivity for the rest of the day (sometimes, even for the rest of the week.) So I make sure to make an effort to get at least one thing done when I feel unmotivated. That way I can look back and say…well at least I cleaned “that one thing”! Generally I find that as soon as I get up and get going, it gets easier. One thing leads to two and so on.
This post is not completely devoid of help though. I would like to share some tips on how I get motivated in situations like these.
1.I have a general and a specific to do list. The general list is for things I’d like to get done in the week. The specific list is for things I need to do each day.
2.Plan each chunk of time that you have so that you know what your next tasks are and then get them done during that time frame. I know that during my baby’s first nap of the day I need to hang the washing, check my emails, unpack the dishwasher etc. It really helps to know what you need to achieve in each slot of time that you have.
3.Check those items off your list! Nothing keeps me motivated more than seeing a big next to items on my list. When I start making my way through the things on the list, I just want to keep going.
4.Understand that you are making a difference to the lives of the people who live in your home. We all know how nice it is to come home to a clean house. It is such a great way to bless the people you love.
5.Lastly, we work for the Lord. The eyes of the people who are in our house will generally only notice when things don’t get done. The eyes of God however, see everything. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Everything we do is for Him, even if it is just scrubbing floors.
I really hope that these ideas help you to get up and get busy. It’s funny how we never regret having a clean house!