You Can Do It!


Photo by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden

What did we say as children? You can do it . . . if you put your mind to it!

This weekend I received a very kind note from a reader who shared her struggle with staying motivated to care for her home. I have chosen not to share the content of the message because of the personal nature of the things she said. But I would like to share some tips for staying motivated.

Truly, motivation is underestimated. I, for one, tend to focus on all of the strategies for improving my processes or taming my challenges…and I miss the power of strengthening my motivation.

Here are 5 ways you might consider improving your motivation around the house:

1. Invite someone over. Nothing says, “Get with it!” like knowing company is on its way.
2. Switch up the room. You might find a new desire to clean if you’re cleaning a “new” room.
3. Put on your favorite CD and challenge yourself to work hard until it’s over. Work hard. Play hard.
4. Begin with the task that you least want to do. Everything will be easier once it’s finished.
5. Ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable for your goals. When it comes to getting something done, guilt is golden.

It’s important to understand that–when it comes to a challenging task–you’re not going to love it every day. But you will love the outcome. Focus on that!

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