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The Trouble with Staying Motivated

Last week was one of those weeks. Those weeks that feel like they passed in a blink of an eye but where nothing really happened. I spent most of last week recovering from my eventful and speedy road trip to SF. Work was busy busy with lots of work and some stress-inducing meetings. My week was a haze of caffeine, unhealthy food, work and sleep. By the end of the week I was just feeling so…unproductive. Sure I worked a full week, but I still felt (and continue to feel) unmotivated.

It’s a tough feeling to shake, so I thought I’d do a little bit of research on motivation. One of the first things that came to mind when I started thinking about motivation was social media. Every time we (the bigger “we” that we all belong to) eat healthy, go to the gym, get a new job, want to lose weight, we feel the need to announce it. There is no shortage of motivational pics and quotes.

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Do these work though? I’ll admit…I’m not completely cynical. But with no shortage of visual inspiration, the trickier part is turning this inspiration into motivation and that motivation into action.

Hand in hand with lack of motivation is constant procrastination. Tomorrow I’ll eat healthier, tomorrow I’ll work on that task. Tomorrow is a comforting thought when you want to avoid something. I read this article below and one of the many great points it made was emotional barriers. Sometimes there’s a bigger reason why you might be avoiding a task, usually fear. UGH. Isn’t being a reflective adult the WORST?

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I’m hoping writing out this post helps motivate me this week. I got pleeentyy of things I need to do this week. Big adult stuff I have to work on, posts I want to write, exercise to be done, and healthy food to be consumed. Wish me luck!

 

xoxo

Sandi

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