Motivation and routines come and go in life — the two seem to be linked together. The more consistent you are with a good solid daily routine, the more motivation you’ll have throughout your daily life. It can be tough to break through resistance (procrastination), and take consistent action towards accomplishing your goals. Having a specialized routine helps keep your eyes on what really matters. I’ve found that understanding and doing the following each day has a noticeable impact on my motivation levels. Let’s get started…
It’s important to have a good reason backing everything that you do — listen to your inner intuition. Have an incredible “why“. Why are you doing the things you are doing in your career, relationships, projects, business, ect… Do you truly know why you are going to work each day? If it’s to pay the bills — think a little deeper, and if there’s not much more reason than that, you’re not really living a life full of purpose. I suggest you find a great purpose behind everything that you do — your purpose. A purpose that consistently makes you feel alive and energetic!
Purpose has always been my biggest reason for a slip in motivation. If you ask yourself why you’re doing what you are doing daily, you’ll eventually start to dial in and develop a clearer image of what you want in life, the impact you want to have, and where you want to ultimately end up. Always remember to do things that truly make you happy. Develop a personal mission statement for yourself: Why, How, & What. If it’s from the heart it will spread into everything that you do.
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
Wake Up Early
This has been incredible for me. Waking up anywhere between 5 to 6 AM should give you several extra hours to sit down and read, write, or create in the peace and quiet of the early morning, which leads me to my next step…
Make sure you carve out time in your day to read. I recommend the early morning. It’s peaceful with limited distractions — my best ideas come to me in the early mornings. Read for at least 1 hour a day. If that’s too much, start with 20 minutes and do it for 1 month — develop a reading habit. Develop a belief that reading is the quickest way to success. It will make reading a breeze, and extremely fun, and rewarding — If you’re driven by success. A lot of the worlds top entrepreneurs attribute their success to reading a LOT of books (Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, ect…).
I recommend reading books that are in your line of work/passion. You’ll gain an upper understanding and advantage in no time.
Exercise & Eat Well
This is crucial for optimal performance both physically and mentally. Exercise for 15 to 20 minutes per day, five times a week. Double up by eating a healthy well rounded diet with a lot of vegetables. You’ll be healthier, more energetic, more creative, and less stressed out. Your body and mind needs physical and mental exercise to function at the highest level. Move your body and eat well. It’s extremely important and good for you!
To Do Lists
This one is simple. It keeps you focused and on track. Each night before going to bed write out your to do list for tomorrow. Make sure you cover everything that absolutely “needs” to be completed — the most important things first.
Meditate every night before going to bed. I do it to ease mental and physical tension, and to get into the right state of mind before slipping into sleep. Every time I do this — I wake up with more mental clarity, a feeling of peace, and a nice boost in motivation. The entire day is better because of it.
A lot of entrepreneurs talk about burning the midnight oil and “living on 2 to 3 hours of sleep”. I think there’s a time and place for this, but if you’re not doing it properly it will take a huge toll on your health. Each person is different, but it’s recommended that you get 8 hours of good sleep each night.
One of the vital roles of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. As we go about our day, our brains take in an incredible amount of information (more today than ever in the history of human kind). This information, and experiences first need to be processed and stored; and many of these steps happen while we sleep. Our bodies require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones. Source & more info on sleep here.
Try to repeat each of these steps on a daily basis. There are days and even weeks in which I haven’t been able to cover everything mentioned above… When that happens, it definitely has a noticeable impact on my motivation and overall level of work.
Everyone is different and motivated by different things, but you can experiment with each of these steps and see which ones affect you the most. Start by focusing on one step per month, develop it into a habit and then watch the magic start to happen…
What daily routine has helped you stay motivated the most? I would love to see your comments!