16 September 2016
STAY MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED IN SEPTEMBER
So in an attempt to avoid falling down the rabbit hole of procrastination and after taking a break during the summer to spend with the small and deal with other life stuff, I've found it increasingly hard to stay focused on the bigger picture and generally get things done, add into the mix of general day to day *and our car dying* you can imagine the productivity levels being at a bit of a low.
Instead I've decided to treat the start of the new school year like my five-going-on-15-year old and tackle it head on. So in an attempt to stay motivated I thought it would be good to share some tips, ideas and inspirations on how to stay creative when autumn comes calling.
SET YOUR ROUTINE
My morning routine is hectic to say the least, some mornings I'll struggle to wake with the kiddo's enthusiastic bed bouncing and other mornings I'm be raring to go, however I'll often reach for the iPhone to check Instagram or Facebook and get sucked in, then it ends with a mad dash for door with the hunt for school shoes and ultimately we leave late *yes I am that mama dashing to make the school gate*. The day tends to follow with coffee, emails, procrastination, lunch, panic and the amount of work needing done and then school pick up. Past the boy's bedtime I then stay up late catching up and to be honest it just doesn't work. So to stay motivated I'm planning a daily routine made up of coffee – obviously – admin, blog work, exercise, lunch, and dedicated play time for F. As well as creating a routine and keeping it on the fridge, to help me get into the groove I am also setting alerts on my phone to help keeping to the new routine. What works for you?
My biggest weakness is in fact the most important skill to have when working for yourself and one that I'm seriously lacking after all organisation allows you to manage your workload and time to be as efficient as possible. For this I have been looking at using google docs to organise my work load as well as paper to-do lists and oh yes I'm bringing in the whiteboard *hardcore*! Creating an office work like environment at home can really get you in the right frame of mind for the day. Also a big help sitting down for a weekly family schedule chat to get an overview of upcoming things, allowing you to prepare things in advance.
GET THE TOOLS
Making sure you have everything you need to get your day started right is so important. If you need a vat of coffee why not get your coffee machine/cup/stove coffee pot ready the night before, picking out clothes the night before can shave a good 15 minutes of procrastination off your day. If you're a freelancer making sure you have the right equipment is essential which you can do by checking out the best laptop deals, what camera works best for you, even the small things like a WiFi booster can help stop a stall in your work day *note to self get this! *
The most important thing to me is to surround myself with inspiration and be around creative people. Whether that is taking the camera on a walk, going to an exhibition, reading inspiring blogs, 30 minutes on Pinterest, fashion, going out dancing, pretty much anything that allows a shake up in the old brain box. I've recently started listening to creative podcasts too. Ultimately travel is the top of my list for creating inspiration and I'm excited for the upcoming adventures I have planned!
TALK TO FRIENDS
Most importantly talk to friends, family or whoever is your go-to person. Laugh loudly, enjoy their company, be silly, share ideas. If you're struggling with a creative block or just feeling anxious that you can't get things done, letting people know can really help.
I'd love to hear what helps you stay motivated and inspired in September? Or what great planners and diaries you're using?
*This is a collaborative post