It’s 6 AM in the morning. You know you need to get up because you have a whole list of things to do.
But… You’re having a hard time getting out of bed.
For some mystical reasons, your bed feels cozier and softer on the morning of a hectic day. It’s almost like it’s gently whispering, “Stay… In… Bed… Do those things later.”
Wait a minute… That’s not the bed talking, that’s procrastination creeping up on you again! 😮
Does that sound familiar to you?
I’ll be honest with you – I am not a morning person, too. The snooze button and I… We go way back. 😛
Before I started real estate investing, I used to be a major procrastinator. I was unmotivated and tired all the time that it was difficult to get anything done.
Don’t get me wrong.
During work days, I would productively slave away at my 9-5 job. But whenever I wasn’t working, that efficiency level would drastically decrease. I didn’t feel like doing anything else. All I wanted to do was sleep and re-energized for the next work week ahead of me.
Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways to boost and maintain my motivation. The methods that worked has allowed me to save over $100,000, buy multiple investment properties, and start a business unrelated to my field, all while maintaining excellence at my day job.
Which is why I’ve gathered a list of tips and tricks that worked for me so that it can help you stay motivated and start getting things done! 😉
Set specific and realistic goals
Okay, I’m sure you’ve heard of this a million times before already. You might be skeptical about the power of goal setting.
But, hear me out first.
Goal setting really does work!
- It helps you see your life “pit-stops” clearly.
- Allow you think about the things that are important to you.
- Inspires you to think further than now.
- It’s quick, simple, and free. Who doesn’t love free? 😉
- Most importantly, it keeps you accountable throughout the year, now that everything is on paper.
Sounds pretty amazing, eh?
So go get yourself a cup of coffee, pen, and paper. Think about what you want to accomplish and start writing down your short and long term goals.
Don’t set unrealistic goals that would make you want to quit after a few days. Be true to yourself and stay within your limits.
For me, I like to write out my daily, monthly and annual goals in my planner. Then I would review my progress periodically to see if I’m top of my goals or behind schedule. If I’m behind schedule, then I would tweak my lifestyle to see if I can find any other ways to meet my goals on time.
Have you ever tried to work towards a goal and failed miserably? Don’t worry! That happens to the best of us.
What I’ve found that worked for me is to set my goals and rewards together. Whenever you set a goal, think of something that would encourage you as the reward. Something that you can look forward to when you achieve the goal.
But, this doesn’t mean that you should make a goal like, “Save $100 this week” and a reward such as, “Upgrade to that new smartphone that just came out”.
If you do that, you are really just cheating yourself. So be reasonable and reward yourself kindly for the hard work you’ve done! 🙂
Write a to-do checklist first thing in the morning
Before I start my day, the first thing I do is write down my TO-DO checklist. I find this extremely useful because it helps me think and prioritize my tasks instead of rushing into them.
That feel… When you check off a finished task on your list. It feels like you just beat life at its own game!
Okay, maybe not that dramatic. 😛
But you’ll definitely feel a rush of motivation when you see yourself productively getting all these things done.
Remind yourself of the bigger picture
I know that sometimes even when we do everything right, there are still going to be days when you’re just not feeling it. It’s going to make us feel frustrated, confused, sad, angry, or want to give up completely.
When that happens, don’t forget to remind yourself of the bigger picture. Keep working hard towards it and don’t give up.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? 😉
Get plenty of sleep
Unless you’re a robot, you need plenty of sleep to get enough energy to get through the day. Sleeping is just as important as food.
Whenever I don’t get enough sleep, my mind and body are not in sync; days like that I’m not as productive and motivated to get things done.
So if you want to stay motivated all day then start snoring away!
Set a “Go To Bed” timer and a “Wake Up!” timer. And if you’re a snooze-pressing-repeat-offender like me, I would suggest setting a few timers for waking up. 😉
Network with people who share the same interests and goals as you
Ever heard of the phrase, “You are who you hang out with?” This is one of my life mottoes, and I completely live by this.
What it means is,
If you want to become fit, then join a fitness group or have a workout buddy.
If you want to have better grades, then study with a study group or a friend.
If you want to get into real estate investing, then make real estate investing friends.
Surround yourself with people who you want to become. Seeing others do the things that you want to achieve will give you the inspirations you need to take action.
Remove yourself from negativity
Ever since I started real estate investing, people kept telling me that the real estate bubble is going to burst or real estate investing is a too good to be true. I agree that real estate investing can be risky but so are any other types of investments.
Plus, I don’t go out there telling people who invest in the stock market that their investments are going to crash. Which is why I couldn’t understand why people were so cynical towards something that they barely knew anything about. 🙂
Then, I thought to myself there is no point to debate with them but I was letting their unhappiness and negativities get to me. So the best thing for me to do was to remove myself from people like that.
Negative people or situations are all around us. However, it is ultimately our choice to stay or to remove ourselves from negativity.
When you feel unmotivated, it most likely means that something or someone is making you unhappy.
But you are the person that’s in control of you. Respect yourself to walk away from anything or anyone that is no longer making you happy.
All you need to do is look in the mirror and start telling yourself how amazing you are.
Not going to lie, but you’re going to feel pretty awkward doing this. Your family or S.O. will probably start questioning your sanity.
This is something I’ve been doing whenever I felt lost or unsure if I have the courage to keep going.
Remind yourself the accomplishments you’ve already achieved. Reminisce on the hard work you’ve done for yourself to get to where you are right now. And don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your dreams. 😉
Plus, what’s the worst that could happen? 😉
Eat that frog first
The phrase “Eat That Frog First” is something I’ve learned from Brian Tracey. It means that you should do the hardest task first thing in the morning. The one that you will most likely procrastinate on and avoid doing.
This is one of the best advice I’ve ever heard. Whenever I’m done “eating my frog”, the rest of the day seems so much easier to get through.
Instead of pushing back the hardest thing you need to do for that day – just do it first thing in the morning and get it over with. You’ll find yourself much more relaxed and inspired to get more things done throughout the day!
Workout, eat healthy meals and drink lots of water
This one is a no-brainer. Your body is a temple so treat it like it is.
Plan your meals ahead of time and schedule your workout times. Keep yourself hydrated through the day.
If you give your body the attention it deserves and it will be kind back. 😉
Personally, I like to work out first thing in the morning because it keeps my mind clear and energized to face the rest of the day.
De-clutter your space
Over the years, I’ve made many bad choices and bought things that I didn’t need; things that I haven’t even used in over 5 years.
Now that I’ve been practicing minimalism, I’ve been de-cluttering as an attempt to have fewer things and appreciate the items that I actually want to keep.
Ever since I started selling or giving away unused things, I’ve noticed that my concentration has tremendously improved. I’m no longer tied down by the things that I don’t need. Every time I got rid of an item, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! No joke! 🙂
It’s also an excellent way to get some money back and save your money for more important things. 🙂
So if you have things that are not being used then sell your stuff, donate it to charity or give it to your family/friends. Whatever you do with it, just get it out of your way. You’ll find that the less material things you have, the happier and more motivated you’ll become.
Get ready and dress up
You know that feeling when you put on a pretty dress or fancy suit and all of the sudden you’re standing taller with your shoulders back and instantly felt better abut yourself?
That’s the feeling that I’m talking about. 😉
Unlike most people, my job does not require me to go to the office in the morning. You might be thinking, “Oh you’re so lucky that you don’t have to get ready in the morning.”
And… I’m not going to argue with you on that. But at times I do miss it because I don’t feel as “ready” to take on the world when I’m not physically ready. Which is why sometimes when I would just randomly get ready. Immediately, I noticed that I feel better and have more courage to taken on anything. 🙂
Try it out next time and you’ll be amazed at how something so simple can make you feel. 😀
Learn from a successful person
Find someone successful and learn about them. It could be from a book, tv show, documentary, youtube videos, anything!
For instance, when I watch Olivia Pope in action on Scandal, I’m like, “Dang I want to be her!”
Even though I know she’s a fictional character on a show, her drive, and determination to think outside the box inspires me to not be afraid to do something bigger than myself.
Try to find inspirations from successful and motivated people. Figure out what it is that they did that helped them stay motivated to do great things.
Create a vision board
A vision board is a board displaying the goals you want to accomplish in your life. Having a vision board will give you the focus that you need to achieve your goals.
For me, I like to put my vision board in my room where I can see it first thing in the morning. My board is filled with the reasons why I want to achieve financial independence, life goals, investment inspirations or just the things that are important to me.
Being able to see a snapshot of your own goals will give you the motivation that you need to keep going.
Sing to the sound of music
I don’t know about you but I sing in the shower.
And let’s face it – Anyone who tells you otherwise, they are probably lying to you. 😛
But did you know that singing is actually good for you?
Whenever you sing, your brain releases the happy chemical that actually makes you feel happier. I guess that explains why every time I step out of the shower I feel so much better and ready to take on the day!
So it doesn’t matter if you can sing or not, next time when you’re feeling upset – Just sing!
Go for a walk (Optional: dog)
At my job, I have to deal with many high-stress issues while trying to resolve it in a short period of time. Whenever I feel like I can’t figure out the problem, instead of sitting there and stress about it, I would go outside for a quick walk to clear my head.
Over the years, I’ve learned that staring at something and trying to figure out the answer will make you miss it completely. After my walk, I feel more determined to tackle the problem and I always end up solving it. 😀
Sometimes we just need to walk away for a bit. Refresh our mind and come back with a fresh outlook to face the issue.