Keep it Up: Simple Ways to Stay Motivated

Keep it Up: Simple Ways to Stay Motivated

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Janel Laban
Sep 5, 2014
(Image credit: Adrienne Breaux)

Everyone says the key to getting something done is to just START...and it's (mostly) true. Getting yourself together and jumping into a project is absolutely half the battle, but the buoyancy of your enthusiasm at the beginning of can run out midway and that's when the tv (or phone, or Pinterest, or Apartment Therapy) starts calling your name, sometimes very loudly. On Tess's post about losing momentum today, one of our readers shared some simple, but wise words...

Music. I recently had to paint my entire apartment, and music helped tremendously.

And just trying to be in the moment. I find that, when I'm focused and paying attention to what I'm doing, unexpected good things happen. I can be more creative; and my memory of the task is more positive.

And rewarding myself at the end of the day. A shower and watching a movie, potato chips, ice cream, whatever you consider a small indulgence.

And reminding myself that this, too, shall pass.

Thank you, louloubells!

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