Let’s talk motivation for a minute. It’s January in case you are still mixed up from the holidays. That means cold. That means it is way easier to stay snuggled up in bed when the alarm goes off at early o’clock. That means that going straight home to pajamas and binge watching your shows on the couch is a much easier choice than getting out for a run, or strength training, or even standing in the vertical position long enough to stretch. Which leads us to…motivation!
It’s definitely the hot topic of January, so let’s dive right in. What is motivation? It is a term that can be unique to the individual, but is probably loosely defined as “The ability to get yourself to do things you don’t want to do when you don’t really have any desire to do them.” Come to think of it, this may also be the definition for “adulting,” so take that for what it’s worth. Seems tricky, so maybe we should all just forget about it and curl up under a blanket and eat peanut butter fudge and take a nap. While that is not a bad idea in general, how can we make sure to do the important stuff before we fudge out on the couch? Start by eliminating the things that you let stand in your way. Let me paint you a picture. You are driving home from work and start to think “I really don’t have time to go home and change and then head back out to the gym. When I get home, I need to clean the bathroom, take out the garbage, pack dinner, and ______ (you fill in the blank here with your typical excuse).” Question: What could you do slightly differently to take some of the thought process out of this equation? Answer: Pack your running/gym gear in the car with you and change before you head home for the day. Then, run from work/school/wherever you are when your obligations end for the day, or drive straight to the gym versus going home first. By simply eliminating the “stop at home” obstacle, you have streamlined the process and taken some thought out and effort out of the activity. You removed some distraction and reduced the ability to make excuses. That, in a tidy little shell, is my best advice for motivation in January. Make excuses more difficult and you will increase your ability to get stuff done that may not be at the top of the “this is exactly what I want to be doing right now” list. If you all like this segment, then comment below and I will add some more motivation features in the future.
Now what I really need to get motivated for this January is taking more pictures! If I am going to really start blogging again, then I need more photos. Maybe this will be Todd’s job. I don’t ask much of him, only that he drives me everywhere, plans all our running routes, cleans the bathrooms (I HATE that job), lays out my running clothes each morning…the least he can do is take pictures for the blog.
Tell me in the comments:
What are you really struggling with motivation-wise this month?
What is your least favorite household chore?
How many pictures do you average a day, or week if you don’t take daily pictures?