Last year I was interviewed on the radio, (I know, I still can't believe they let me broadcast my thoughts LIVE for everyone to hear either) and one of the questions I was asked was, 'If you could give a TED talk on any topic at all, what would you pick?'

My answer was, 'How to be fucking motivated!'

Now seeing as I'm not going to be giving a TED talk anytime soon (or in this lifetime, tbh) I thought I'd write out the valuable advice I would dish out to the audience if the occasion arose. 

So, just sit back and relax my lord, because it's time for you, to get so fucking motivated you're going to be a powerhouse of hustle.

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1. Plan everything within an inch of its life

When I was growing up, one of my favourite films was New York Minute. Yes. The Mary-Kate and Ashley one. And yes, I am aware at how lame I sound right now - but don't pretend you didn't love them too. There is this sequence that follows the protagonist, Jane, which quite possibly rivals even the best morning routine videos on Youtube by your fave beauty stars. In the sequence, we see her perfectly organised room, her clean-ass bathroom & wardrobe (srsly girl, give me your cleaning tips) and finally, her day planner. Cue a hallelujah chorus and god rays here.

Literally obsessed...

Literally obsessed...

I was a woman obsessed. I would screen shot the movie so that I could zoom in and read how she structured her day - because if you're going for a scholarship to study at Oxford University, you'd wanna have your shit together. 

Although I'm not as meticulous as Ms Jane Ryan, there are many things to be said about staying organised and planning. For one, it gives you a visible reminder of all the things you need to get done for the day/week/month/year. If you work digitally like most of those currently living, you can set up reminders and alerts for important things. You can even snooze these - not that I recommend this, as this is a blog post all about staying motivated, not procrastinating.

Get into the habit of writing down tentative appointments or meetings as soon as they pop up to avoid the pesky, 'I'm so sorry I have double booked myself,' text or email. Seriously, they are THE WORST and make you look super unprofessional. 

Take some time out once a week to plan everything you need to do in-depth. I personally sit down on a Sunday night and throw everything I can think of into my calendar app and day planner (yes, I use both, don't judge). Always leave room to swap, scratch out and burn anything that might change for the week ahead. 

If you are a big fan of lists, also keeping a virtual or real to-do list on your desk can help to break down larger tasks or to help you fill that deep, dark hole in your heart that can only be satisfied by ticking another item off your list.

Whatever works for you. Find it and do it.

2. Surround yourself with good vibes

Not everyone can be a perfect, yoga practicing, meditation loving, productive ball of happiness 24/7. But you can actively choose to surround yourself with people, stuff, music etc. that puts you in the mood to get shit done.

Start observing your habits. Do you work best at certain times of the day? Can you smash out that essay in a more timely manner to the fine lyrics of Drake? Do you need a shot of tequila every time that annoying client sends you ANOTHER email? Awesome! Keep doing it, because it's working. If something doesn't work, get rid of it, quick! 

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For me, I need to have a clean work area. As I work from my bedroom 90% of the time, this can be pretty tough as sometimes, you just can't be bothered cleaning up your floordrobe. If I'm working during the day, I need lots of natural light - the more the better - or else I just want to take a nap. I also generally need something playing in the background, whether it's some music, a youtube video or Netflix (yes, I actually work whilst watching my fave TV shows bc being your own boss is awesome).

Taking regular breaks is also another way you can surround yourself with those good vibes. Studies suggest that taking a 10-minute break every 50 minutes is best in order to retain information and stay productive. Sometimes I'll be strict and keep myself to this regime. Other times, I take a 2-hour break/nap in the middle of the day because I can't be bothered with life. Fill your break with something productive. Whether it's eating food, meditating, doing some light stretches, going for a walk around the block, petting your plethora of cats whilst crying about how lonely you are, just make sure it brings you joy! 

Most importantly, find yourself a good group of peeps who will be there to support you when you need to bitch about work/study/clients/life in general. People who are positive that your life will get back on track, even though they don't believe it themselves. In all seriousness, I'd be nowhere without my team of superstars. Hang out with them, love them, stroke their faces from time to time, just soak up their awesomeness. A good night out with the pals will help you to feel refreshed and inspired.

Also for the record, I do find yoga and meditation to be particularly helpful for when I'm having a hard time concentrating on something - if you're into it, try it out.

3. Look at things that motivate you

This might sound really corny - but then again, this article is pretty fucking cheesy - but watching motivational videos can really help you to get in the mood to get that to do list done. Like anything, you just need to make sure that your mind is open to the possibility of motivation. ~OHHHHHHHH~ *mystically waves hands through the air*

My personal favourites are, Do It by Shia Labeouf and Do What You Can't by Casey Neistat.

When I was studying my favourite thing that always got me in the mood to write an essay was to literally look at images/gifs of other people studying. Yes. Really. Thankfully, there's a WHOLE hashtag dedicated to this called, #studyspo. Welcome to your new best friend! Gifs of Rory Gilmore sitting at her desk frowning, we got it! Images of people's perfect handwriting that simultaneously makes you jealous and weirdly motivated, we got that too! Seriously get on board with this, it will change your life.

4. Accept defeat

Sometimes life is just downright shit and we need to take a break (sometimes for a while). The important thing is to not beat yourself up about it. Nothing is that important that it should ruin your mental (and physical) wellbeing. Always remember to do something you love when you're not feeling up to the task. I'm the queen of naps and Netflix (most of the time simultaneously) and it is my go-to task when I'm just not in the mood to do anything. Taking time away from something can give you a new perspective and a new motivation to finish it off. There's always a tomorrow.

And if none of this works, then perhaps you're just not meant to be a hustle powerhouse, and that's okay too! 

Now that I've dished out my secrets, I'd love to know yours too! What are some of your favourite ways to stay motivated? Let me know in the comments below.

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