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5 Quick Ways To Get Motivated

I’m normally the type of person who thrives under pressure. I love having a million things on my to-do list, it gets me going. Right now, I only have about 999,999 boxes to check off so I haven’t quite reached that magic motivational moment. Instead I’m slacking, bumming, watching too much Bones, Castle, NCIS, and Mentalist, and playing many board games with the kids. Alas, deadlines are fast approaching ( Um, aren't I supposed to be planning a ROYO for this year’s BlogHer?) and I’ve come to the realization that I MUST get motivated. Here are 5 quick tips to motivate. They’re not scientifically proven but hey, they got me to get moving (a little bit) this week!

1. What Would Martha Do? I realize it’s probably horrible to compare yourself to others but…it works. Pick a person, any person, and think to yourself, “Would ______ still be bra-less at 9 o’clock in the morning.”

2. Play Pretend. I do believe the quickest thing to shake off a bad mood is a smile, even if you’re faking it. So look at your to-do list, pick something, and then pretend that wild horses couldn't drag you from getting it done. I can’t wait to tackle that giant pile of laundry!

3. Just Give Up. When you’re not checking into an office and the only person you answer to (most days) is yourself it’s hard to not just give up. So do it…give up. Or see #2 and pretend to give up, how do you feel? Do you feel like a two-pack a day smoker going cold turkey? Well remember, you don’t have to give up but if you don’t that means you need to get off the couch and DO SOMETHING ALREADY!

4. MOVE. Sometimes it really is all you need. Get your body moving. Weeding works wonders for me.

5. Think of Your End Goal. Let’s face it, we’re not idiots but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to look at the bottom line. The garden won’t grow if you don’t plant it, the yarn will not crochet itself, and you’ll never write a book if you put off writing a 400 word blog post.

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  1. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I had to do what one of your #'s said today. I needed to get our room cleaned (really well) and our bathroom. I started dusting, taking things off tables, stripped the bed, (Monday is change sheets day) and before you know it I had done a really good job (that means moving things out of way to vacuum), rearranging things on table tops, putting things away that had been sitting on floor in piles.
    I'm a terrible piler, it doesn't really accomplish anything but it gets in my face so I have to do something with the pile. (sometimes the piles get moved to a box or basket but I do eventually clear them out, phew).
    We were going to go to the lake today as it was super hot here, 100 out where we live but I had to get that room/bathroom cleaned before I could put it off for another week. Yuk.
    We have alot of wind here so when windows are open the dust/dirt finds it's way in and I can't stand to feel it under my bare feet or see it sitting in tub. So thanks for the nudges, needed them.
    Hubs even helped so mudroom, kitchen, living room, guest bath got cleaned to day and not all by me for once, miracles never cease. The lake isn't going anywhere and we have lots of hot days ahead but at least we got some good cleaning done. Now about those piles between the kitchen and living time ok. Happy days


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