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How to keep Motivated During a Crisis

How to keep Motivated During a Crisis

How to keep Motivated During a Crisis

The current pandemic is forcing us all to make major unprecedented changes.  Many people have lost their jobs and potential livelihoods.  It's normal to be feeling overwhelmed, anxious and lacking motivation, especially if you're not used to working from home, but it's important to maintain a routine and set some new personal goals to stay motivated.

During video calls this week providing Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Career and Transition Coaching and Resilience Coaching everyone has wanted to take time to re-evaluate their key objectives in their businesses, career and personal lives.  Here are some ways to stay motivated:

1. If you haven’t already listed all your key achievements, (both inside and outside work), then write them down and re-visit them whenever you feel demotivated.  Identify any other objectives you wanted to achieve this year, but where your plans have been derailed.  Review them and identify some new short-term and long-term goals.

2. Ask yourself what got in the way of realizing any of your goals/dreams last year and how you can overcome these obstacles/challenges/time-wasters this year; you may find that these may need to be put on a list of ‘STOP DOING x,y,z...' or ‘STOP DOING a, b, c...’  

3. Ask yourself what the key priorities in your life are?  What are the most important things/activities/people?  Write them down and list your associated SMART goals alongside.  You can do this for both your work and personal life.  Chances are that these have changed somewhat and been honed over the past few weeks.

4. To ensure you have a definitive list of SMART goals, decide what position you want to be in by the end of this month/quarter/6 months/9 months and year, for example: happier/slimmer/fitter/being less stressed.  Then plan and diarise specific steps as to how you will achieve your wishes.  Working backwards can help.

5. Even though you may be saving money on your commute, if you think you don’t have enough time to accomplish some of your goals, focus on the top 3 - 5 and remember that you will always find time to do what you really want to do and enjoy doing.  You can also limit your time on social media/watching TV/playing video games to create more productive time!  These activities may also need to go on the ‘STOP DOING’ list.

6. In order to fulfil your ambitions, you will need to change your behaviours, so decide which ones you need to modify, for example, getting up half an hour earlier to fit in a run before starting to remote work.  Ask yourself what you can do differently every day and make yourself accountable by enlisting the help of a partner/colleague/buddy.  Start to break bad habits and reap the rewards.

7. Detox!  If you can live off kale juice for a few days fine, but if you manage to detox your body, next try to declutter your desk/car/garage/wardrobe.  Having a physical clear out is refreshing.

8. Having a mental clear out is empowering.  So also ‘detox’ the negative people in your life, who are always complaining and criticizing, wanting to drag you down with them so that they feel better about themselves drinking/eating too much; instead stay focused and do that online yoga class or download that meditation app. 

9. Subscribe to online life hacks or download motivational books to keep you on track.  Try something new every day to keep you focused when you feel like giving up and reverting to old habits.

10. When the negative thoughts and self-doubt do come along, focus back on your achievements and what you can control, i.e. your thoughts, attitude and behaviours.  Ignore the ‘Naysayers’ and stick to your plans.  With little steps, quick wins and noticeable progress you will start to reap the benefits of your efforts.

If you do all these things and still feel demotivated, then ask for assistance to help you in accomplishing what you’re aiming for.  And there is some good news - Spring is here!

Stay safe.

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