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I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression “the hardest part is getting yourself to begin.” So simple right? All you gotta do is start!! I definitely believe in this statement; I know in my own experiences with trying to start a task or work towards a goal, the hardest part is always getting over the initial mental hurdle and just convincing myself to actually just DO it. Then once I’m going, I’m rolling! The momentum takes over and the simple everyday accomplishments become addictive, and I start to crave that feeling of “okay, good you got this done. One step closer. *self high-five*.” This initial jumpstart towards a goal is crucial, however, today I want to focus on what you should be doing daily to continue being as productive as you are in the beginning. Achieving goals is a marathon, not a sprint, so it can be easy to want to throw in the towel and give up on your way there. Sooo I’ve put together some of my best tips to stay productive, stay motivated, and get s*** DONE!

Make your bed.
Okay, hear me out on this one. YES…. Something THIS simple can completely change the pace and intentions you have for the day. I’ve found that humans thrive off feeling like they’ve accomplished something, regardless of how important the task is. Even as kids, we were so excited to prove we’ve done something great; we eagerly shared artwork, good grades, and acquired skills with our parents to prove our accomplishment and growth. So, starting your day by making your bed tells your brain ok, we’re off to a great start here. We’re no slob, we’re productive and ready to start the day. Not only does it get your body moving and blood flowing right as you wake up, but it means the very first thing you’ve done that day was productive… this is huge. Great starts lead to strong and positive momentum. Not to mention, it feels a ZILLION times better getting into a freshly made bed after a long day. ☺

Exercise in the morning.               

My thought is always, if you really want something, you make time for it. If you don’t, you’ll make excuses. I know a lot of people strive for a healthier life, but that’s it…they want it. They aren’t willing to push themselves and actually work to get fitter and healthier. So, if this is something you struggle with, exercise first thing in the morning. Again, this sets you up for a very productive day, because by the time you get to school or work, you’ve already accomplished something great while most of your peers were sleeping ☺. Exercising in the morning also doesn’t leave much time for you to mentally talk yourself out of doing it, which is much more likely to what happen when you leave it until you’re tired after work. If you need to get up an hour earlier to do this, fine do it! Get off your phone and get to bed earlier so you can get enough sleep. Prioritize guys; I can promise you, if you pay attention to how much time you likely waste in a day doing things like watching Netflix or sitting on Instagram, you’d see that you in fact can go to bed a bit earlier and squeeze in a workout. Do this, and reap the rewards. I’m not saying you’ve gotta get a workout in every morning; but making an effort to try and get it in right away can be extremely beneficial.

Humans respond to incentives. Give yourself some.
A huge motivator for me is planning out my day to the T in my planner. From the moment I wake up, to the second I hit the pillow, I’ve got my day clocked. This includes meals, classes, workouts, homework, blogs, leisure time, etc. Being able to check things off as I complete them is just a small mental motivator for me. It’s like a pat on the back, like great, you ate lunch. You’re awesome congrats! Lol. I recommend making this a daily habit, as it keeps you accountable for the things you set out to accomplish that day. Along with this, set a daily or weekly goal list of things you want to get done, and give yourself a reward if you can get it all done. This can be anything, maybe a new shirt you really want, or a nice dinner out with friends that weekend. If you can honestly check everything off that list, you get your reward, if not, you don’t get it. This works SO well guys!! Because honestly who doesn’t want to reward themselves after a long week?

So there you have it, 3 simple yet effective tips to stay motivated daily and be more productive. These small changes can vastly improve your daily activities and help build grit to keep working towards your goals. What are some of your daily techniques to staying productive? I’d love to know!!

Now go get your s*** done.

xx-Mackenzie

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