Tuesday, February 17, 2015


As someone in her third year of university trying to juggle final year projects, a part-time job, a social life,  and a blog, it can be a bit of a struggle to be motivated 24/7. If anything this is a post for me to remind myself how to stay on track, but I hope it may be of help to any of you guys too! Here are my top ten tips: 

1. Take a step back. This although this list is not in a particular order, I do think this is the most important. If you're really struggling to think of that perfect blog post idea, a particular design, or a really interesting point to make in your latest assignment, the best thing to do is step away from whatever you're doing and go do something else. 10-20 minutes of taking your mind off of whatever you were previously working on gives your mind a break and really refreshes you. So when you do go back to your task, you're much more likely to have a brain wave or spot something big that you never noticed before with fresh eyes. Just be sure not to extend the 10-20mins to much more than that and start procrastinating otherwise you're far less likely to carry on with what you were doing and spend the next few hours or even the rest of the day avoiding it all together.

2. Surround yourself with positivity in your workspace. Everybody works differently and prefers different environents so this is up to you, but if you do have a lot of work to do, avoid doing it in bed or on the sofa, save these areas to be used for relaxation, not working. You are far more likely to get work done at a desk, with less distractions around you, so also avoid having too much clutter in your work area. Perhaps have an inspiring/motivational quote or images nearby for when your eyes are wandering and you begin to daydream, these may help bring inspiration and snap you back into what you were doing. Try to have as much natural daylight as possible as, especially on sunny days, this tends to naturally lift your mood.

3. Keep hydrated and snack healthily. I love to constantly have a bottle of water and some other beverage on my desk at all times. Be it a cup of tea or coffee or juice or diet coke. Try to drink more of the water though, as this will automatically benefit you and make you more awake. Also, having a bowl of fruit to snack on throughout the day keeps you from wandering to the fridge and away from the biscuit tin.

4. Get up and get ready. Although it may be tempting to stay in your comfiest pyjamas all day when you have nowhere to go and just plan on getting work done, you are much more likely to be more proactive if you get properly dressed. I don't mean spend hours picking a perfect outfits and doing immaculate makeup, but perhaps just spend that extra 20 minutes to get out of your sweats and into some everyday wear, this makes you feel more motivated as

5. Write to do lits and set small daily goals. Checking things off a to do list is extremely satisfying and spurs you on to continue. But make sure not to set unreasonable daily goals that are almost if not completely impossible because this will just do the opposite and make you feel worse that you've not completed everything you planned. If you feel like it you could even plan rewards for completing certain tasks, such as buying something you've wanted for a long time after completing your dissertation, or going somewhere for a meal or a few drinks after completing a days worth of tasks.

6. Create a feel good playlist. Listening to songs you love spurs you on to do anything, be it run faster, type faster or design faster. But again, this is another one which alters a lot from person to person. For example, I have to listen to music when designing as it raises my mood, however I have to be in dead silence when writing my dissertation because it puts me off and I can't focus.

7. Try to do some form Yoga, Pilates or stretches to clear your mind everday. Be it first thing in the morning, as part of your mid-day break or at the end of the day to relax and begin to switch off. I love doing pilates and find Blogilates on youtube and her monthly calendars amazing. Her best streches for chilling out video *here* is amazing and my favourite to do! This is a great way to take your mind off of everything and execise has been proven to raise your mood due to the release of endorphins! When it comes to stretches though its not vigorous or painful/sweaty, its just purely relaxing and you feel so good afterwards, especially when you begin to notice yourself becoming more and more flexible!

8. Be inspired. its everywhere, the internet, tv, magazines, books, even on the walk to Tesco. You can find ideas for things everywhere, you just gonna be aware. If you're struggling for inspiration, use the time you spend procrastinating to find something that may cause a mini brainwave!

9. Fresh air! If you need a break or are struggling to think, a bit of fresh air does the world of good. Similar to taking a break in general, going for a work clears your mind and can be really refreshing. Even just opening the window of your on a warmer day lifts your mood immediately, the smell of fresh air or freshly cut grass and the sound of bird song is great!

10. Motivate each other. Get your friends/other half/family involve. If they need to be kept motivated as well, work together, send eachother messages if you notice the other beginning to slack or struggle, but watch out, don't be too annoying, that can just make someone struggling to get work done extrememly angry and even more stressed! Be nice about it!

Hope they were some help to you, I'd love to hear yours too!

Alison xx


  1. Definitely bookmarking this! I have such a problem with procrastination & 'getting myself going' - I always need to read things like this or quotes to kick me into gear! I think this will be hugely useful to me! X nickyhalex.wordpress.com

  2. this is a great post. my top one is definitely get up and get ready, sounds simple but makes a huge difference! x