Often in the mid-afternoon I am tempted to plop down on the bed and watch Netflix, YouTube or Instagram stories instead of working through my to-do list. Everyone struggles with motivation at some point or another, and with household chores it can be especially hard to find the motivation for jobs that aren’t your favorite!
Here are three simple things you can do to push past the desire to be lazy and to instead, get things done!
#1 Set A Realistic Time Limit
Here’s an example of how this works for me: If it’s 1:20 and I have to sweep & mop the whole house, I’ll decide that I will work (without picking up my phone) until 2:00. At 2:00 I can stop whatever I’m doing and relax!
When I do this, I find that one of two things happen:
- I finish my tasks and gain the motivation to keep working! I lose the desire to chill and end up accomplishing more than just that one task.
- I finish my task in the time allotted – and then get to enjoy watching a show!
Either way, it’s a win! It’s always better to do something than to do nothing.
#2 Take A Few Minutes For Yourself
I always have more motivation when I am presentable. I find that if I get ready for the day shortly after getting up, I’m much more productive. However, sometimes I end up hot and sweaty or just disheveled by mid-afternoon (this happens a lot in the summer!) and I don’t feel like doing anything.
If I take a couple minutes to change my clothes, freshen up my makeup and pull my hair back, I always feel more motivated to keep working.
#3 Turn On Something Interesting or Fun
This might not be effective for everyone, but sometimes it helps to turn on music, a funny show or a podcast to keep you going. When I clean the bathrooms, I like to put on my wireless headphones and listen to a podcast. It helps me stay on task!
I hope one of these tips will be helpful for you!