Friday, February 13, 2009

How do you stay motivated?

I don't often struggle with motivation, but lately I've noticed myself getting off track here and there and failing to manage my time as well as I should. I've got lots of creativity flowing and I'm definitely pretty busy these day, but I need to get some momentum, maintain it, and stay focused. Not always an easy task when you've got work and technology, clients you love, colleagues, and a husband and two kids vying for your attention. For goodness sakes, even this little blog here has been a bit neglected!

So my wise readers, I ask you, how do you stay on task? What are your tips and tricks for staying motivated? Do you have a special method for triaging your projects? Do you use a reward system? I'd love to know. Comment now and my burgeoning schedule thanks you in advance! Happy Friday!


Cathe said...

Erin, I'm no expert on time management (ask anyone!), but what I try to do is schedule as many things as possible. For example: 3 weeks ago, I decided to schedule our laundry and so far it's working smoothly! Instead of doing 5-6 loads of laundry during the weekend, I do very small loads throughout the week separated by colors (whites, colors, etc.). I try to do the same for my workload (though everyday there is some curve ball that gets thrown into the mix). I also use a kitchen timer to schedule tasks in 30 minutes increments for anything - breaks, email writing, social marketing, etc.

Hope that helps. It's a constant work-in-progress!

Tulaloo said...

I have a ginormous dry erase board for categorized to-do lists at my desk. love it.

And if I cross of a certain number of things from the lists I make myself go have a glass of wine or read a chapter of mu book. Just something relaxing.

Vicki said...

Boy I could use some help with this! I have so many projects I need to work on that I've been completely avoiding (filing, uploading, other boring stuff...).

I definitely reward myself when I get work done. Chocolate chip cookies are serious incentive :)

heather{dot}com said...

Oh, goodness - I need help with this, too. I have no problem (well, usually) finding motivation to do the things that I enjoy doing. It's those things that I don't enjoy as much that I can't quite find the motivation for.

A few things that work for me:

-Set a deadline
-Make limited lists - I create so many lists that I spend more time making them than actually completing the tasks on them!
-Do extra when you're motivated - then you've got a little time to relax when you're feeling a little slacker-ish.

Good luck! Hope you get some good tips!

bridechic said...

The secret on this is to priortize. Having a design biz, the samples (my creations) always get pushed to the back burner because there's really no deadline. Customer come first. After that I get as much as I can done.

Erin @ Bride Design said...

bridechic, you summed up my issue in a nutshell. I wish I had time for "my creations" as you put it. Customer's do come first. but I will start scheduling in design time now, because it should be a higher priority than I'm allowing. Thanks for the tips all!

Inkspot Workshop said...

I find coffee really helps my mind to focus and stay on task. I am a full time medical sales rep, mommy to a busy 3 year old boy, wife and owner of 2 (yes 2) Etsy stationery shops. I'm no expert, but I find coffe and having my own office space where I can close the door are key:)

cartolina said...

As a self confessed control freak I lose sleep if I think that I may be getting behind on tasks or that things are piling up on the 'to do' list. And as a 40 something woman I cannot afford to lose sleep!
So I am driven by the desire to not have bags under my eyes - which means get a good night's sleep, which means get the work done now!
So it's purely a vanity thing for me ;-)

Erin @ Bride Design said...

I hear you Fiona! I am becoming more protective of my sleep these days as well. I'm a morning person too, so I try to get things done early as well. Inkspot, this morning was a 2 cup morning for me so I can relate to your advice as well! Thanks!