Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Motivators

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Motivation is a funny thing. 

Sometimes you wake up- the birds are chirping, the sky is blue, and you have the desire to clean the house from top-to-bottom, do seventeen loads of laundry, drive an hour to the zoo to look at the giraffes (silly giraffes), and make a gourmet meal for your husband when he returns home from work- all with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Other times, like today (and yesterday... and the day before that), you sit around, staring at the dishwasher full of clean plates and wonder if it would be so bad to leave them there; to just continue sitting around, staring at the computer screen and eating cold left-over KFC (I blame last night's dose of NyQuil on my current state).

So, the question is, how does one pull him or herself out of a motivational slump; to turn off the “Saved By the Bell” marathon on TBS and actually DO something?

Well, I have no idea what works for everyone, but I know some of the things that help me achieve those things that NEED to be done. Like, today. Now.

  1. I make a list. This way I can cross things out, so it makes me feel accomplished. I put EVERYTHING on my list- from “fold the laundry in the dryer” to “call mom.”
  2. I dress appropriately for the tasks at hand. I remove my 4-inch heels and put on a pair of flip-flops. It pains me, but I can finish everything that needs to be done a lot more easily.
  3. I put on music. I dance. I sing. It isn't pretty.
  4. I give myself little rewards for completing certain tasks. “Once I've dusted the bookshelf and vacuumed the living room , I can sit down and have a handful (I said HANDFUL, Kirsten!) of pretzels while watching E! Until the next commercial break."

So those are my little tips to motivating oneself. What are some of the things you do to get your tush off of the (extremely comfy) couch and into the bedroom to make the bed?

15 comments:

  1. Also red bull combined with amazing dance music always helps me. Caffeine cures everything, even lack of motivation.

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  2. I to get in these slumps. They really do come in waves. List are helpful along with the radio. Still no matter what I do or don't do my man always comes home and tells me how great the house looks. I love that man lol.

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  3. Mag- you are so right. A caffeinated Kirsten is a better Kirsten.

    Aw- that's sweet, Shannon! Kyle was nice enough not to mention the fact that our house was a sty this week.

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  4. I'm your newest follower! I'd love for you to follow me back!

    Cheers from Being Frugal & Making It Work!

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  5. I say reward yourself with something more delish that pretzels! Pretzels are boring and dont count!

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  6. I laughed out loud about the dishwasher. I can walk past that thing alllll day and decide hubby can do it when he gets home if it's that important! ; ) Hmmm maybe I should go check it now.. nope. empty of clean, half full of dirty. Maybe I should clear of the counter by putting the rest of the dirty ones in and actually run the thing. Nah. It can wait. I have blogs to read!

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  9. Hey girls! I'm excited to read up on your blogs!
    And Sweet One- that is hysterical! I totally feel you!

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  10. following you from mid week mingle! i'm hoping you'll follow me back as well! how can you not give in after one commercial break... i would still be glued, with the bag of pretzels in my lap.

    best,
    april

    www.marineparents.blogspot.com

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  11. Self discipline is always a struggle for me. I seem to need a looming deadline to really give me the push to get things done.

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