Getting out of bed in the morning is not my favorite thing to do. It takes me a long time to wake up and get moving. Regardless of what may lie ahead, I’m just not motivated to jump out of bed and take on the day.
No matter how many times I toss and turn in bed trying to avoid the inevitable, the reality is I have to get up and get moving. I have to shower, brush my teeth, get dressed and get going because I have things to do and people counting on me. Once I finally get over the hump, I’m fine and my day moves forward.
For many people, getting organized can be equally as hard when you’re not motivated. You know you need to do it, you know you’ll reap the benefits of a more orderly space, but you just don’t have the motivation.
Motivation is a powerful force. It can propel us to accomplish great things, but when that motivation is weak, we can stall out and get nothing done. If we aren’t careful that lack of motivation can lead us into dire situations.
“We can do whatever we wish to do provided our wish is strong enough…” – Katherine Mansfield
How to Get Motivated When You’re Not
So what do you do if you’re lacking the motivation to get organized? Do you just give up completely and remain stuck in your chaos? Of course not! Here are five ideas to help flame the fire within you so you can have the orderly life you long for:
- Get a clear vision. Why do you want to get organized? What would your life look like if you were able to get things in order? Knowing what can be is a great motivator to get you moving. When we don’t have clear vision or specific dreams, the motivation and discipline we need to accomplish them lie dormant. Write down your dreams, desires, and goals for a more orderly life and pin them up where you can see them.
- Get inspired. Read quotes about being organized, or look at pictures of how you imagine your organized space might look. Daily affirmations that you read or refer to regularly can spur you on to action. Create a vision board with pictures from magazines or Pinterest to help you bring your vision to life and inspire you.
- Get help. Ask a friend or a professional to help you or hold you accountable. Knowing that someone is checking on you or walking the journey alongside you can be the gentle push you may need to get moving.
- Turn up the radio! Music can be a huge energy booster. Crank up the music, do a little dance and get organizing! It’s hard to stay unmotivated or hold on to your “junk” when you’re singing “Let It Go” at the top of your lungs.
- Reward yourself. External rewards are great motivators – remember how your parents or teachers would give you rewards when you did something they really wanted you to do? Well, the same works for getting organized! Determine an external reward such as a dessert or a special treat (think experiences rather than stuff!) that you can give yourself once you’ve organized a certain space or for a set period of time. Hopefully your external rewards will become internal rewards (like satisfaction and peace), but until then use the outward motivators to get you going.
You can motivate yourself to get organized, even if you don’t feel like it. The best way to overcome a lack of motivation is to believe that you can, and then take a few steps in the right direction. With consistent effort, you’ll find your motivation increasing and with that, you’re well on your way to getting things in your home and life in order once and for all.
Do you struggle with motivation when it comes to getting organized?
What steps can you take to help you fan the flame of motivation in your life today and start you on the path to an orderly life?
This post is part of a 31 day challenge to help you get things in order in your life and in your home. To read all the posts in this series, click here.