How to motivate yourself on your “off” days

How to motivate yourself on your “off” days

Let’s face some facts: It doesn’t matter how motivated you are to stick to a goal, there will be days when you will feel a little bit off… It happens, is normal, and is not big-a-deal.

But it sure is not pleasing when you need that summer body, but you aren’t quite in the mood for the gym. Or when you really wish to finish that book, but you don’t want to write today. Here are some tips you need to use to motivate yourself in your “off” days.

Some of those will work automatically, but some of them are meant to build some sort of habit, so you can work even when your motivation fuel is low! So without any further ado, let’s break them down and start to motivate yourself on “off” days!

Meditate

Motivate yourself in "off" days

I know is not the most fun thing you can do, but sometimes you are just too worked out. Try to stop for a second, close your eyes and focus only on your breathing. This way, you can reset your brain.

If you weren’t in the mood to work, maybe after this your mind will shift. For most of the times this does the trick. If you want to know how to meditate better we have an article for you right here!

Make a work playlist

Work playlists are your own mixtape to get the job done. I have a playlist I listen only when working, and another one when I’m going to the gym. It is very important to NOT listen to your work playlist when you are not working.

You want to trick your brain to enter the work-zone when you hear a certain soundtrack. This is one tip that works if done repeatedly, even when you are in the mood. Just make that playlist to motivate yourself on “off” days!

Pomodoro technique

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If you don’t know what I am talking about, let me explain. Pomodoro technique is used to make yourself start working when you are not in the mood, or when you want to be extra-productive. I advise you to do it all the time.

It’s a really simple technique. You work for 25 minutes, and after that, you take a break for 5 minutes. The thing is, you hit your productivity peak at 15 minutes of work. After those, you will get less productive by the minute.

Is a great way to start your job, the cause is only 25 minutes, it ain’t that long. The best thing is that most of the time you will want to continue working. Which is what you were struggling in the first place.

Talk to someone

Sometimes, we are so caught up in our life, we forget to keep connections with our friends and family. If you find yourself into an unmotivated rut, just talk to someone, see what they been up to, make contact.

More often then not, you will be motivated on some extent, and who knows, maybe even inspired. And as a plus, you get to talk to someone dear to you! it will help motivate yourself in an “off” day.

Chunk it up

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Projects can be very intimidating, and your lack of motivation can be caused by that. But if that is the problem, the solution is very simple: Chunk your project into tiny pieces.

You don’t want to go to the gym because it requires much work. You have to pack your gym clothes, dress up, actually go/drive to the gym, and when you get there you have to work out.

But if you look at it as many small things you need to do, it becomes easier! Is not hard to pack the clothes, not to dress up, then to walk… please, is easy peasy. When you workout, you already chunked the work into sets and reps. So you are good to go!

Force yourself!

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Discipline=Freedom. This is a truth not many of us are aware of, but it is certainly a fact. If you are disciplined enough to do something even if you are so not in the mood, you are free to do anything you want.

There are a lot of topics here, and we already covered it up into another article about discipline right here!

Discipline is not easy to attain but it is not impossible either. It’s a habit, so it must be done as much as you can. as Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. Make a habit to motivate yourself in an “off” day.

The 5-second rule

The 5-second rule is an easy technique you can do literally any day, at any time, to make sure you are as productive as possible. Basically, when you don’t want to do something, count from 5 to 1. When you say 1, you just do what you don’t want to do.

Is that simple?

Actually, this is how I got myself to write this article. I had an “off” day, I meditated, chunked my projects, even talk with my girlfriend about it, and in the end, I counted. And as you can see, I wrote the article and post it! If I can motivate myself, you can too!

This is it guys! These are our tips to help you motivate yourself on “off” days. Please comment below if any of our advice helped you, and give even more tricks you use when you are unmotivated


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The 10 Most Successful Ways To Make Your Home Look Less Crowded

The 10 Most Successful Ways To Make Your Home Look Less Crowded

If you are here, then you must feel constrained by the amount of clutter in your house. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there and we all felt like the walls were closing in on us. But you can most certainly make your house look less crowded. How do you do that?

The good part is, you don’t have to be an interior designer to make a few changes in your house in order to create a perfect, cozy space without feeling crowded by the amount of clutter in your house.

Because we’ve been in the same situation as you are, we decided to help a little bit with some tips and tricks, that hopefully will transform your home in an ideal space for you and your family.

Rearrange the furniture

Sometimes, all you need is to rearrange the pieces of furniture in your home and your room will change completely.

Try to move the bigger pieces, (like the sofa, for example) to the back of the room, leaving the center and the entrances empty. By doing this, you will allow free movement in the room.

However, don’t move all the furniture too close to the wall. Space has to feel balanced out and well-put-together. One tip is to move the furniture a few inches from the wall or move some of the smaller pieces away from the wall.

Keep the house clean

I think this goes without saying: a decluttered home has to remain clean. Keeping organized is the key element in having a spacious, decluttered space.

And, because I know that becoming an organized person isn’t a simple task, we have some guides that may help you keep your home clutter-free once and for all!

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Choose a color scheme

Choosing a color scheme is a very important factor when creating a room that feels less crowded. A room can look less crowded and open when keeping in mind a good color scheme.

You may say that choosing the colors may seem complicated and a task for an interior designer. And it is true. An interior designer will always work keeping in mind the color scheme that the client chose. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

If you want to increase the openness of the room, opt for light colors, like white or pastel colors. Avoid using bold or dark colors for the walls. This will only close up space. The light colors will reflect light and the room will look less crowded, warmer and more open.

If you are interested in more color theory and how to choose the perfect color scheme for your home, check out our article!

Painting the ceiling

Another tip for you is to paint the ceiling in a different color. By doing this, it will make the walls seem taller and the room bigger. You don’t have to go for bold colors if you don’t want to.

I know some of you are afraid of making a big change like that in your home. Just keep it classy and see what works for you.

Storage space

Storage space, storage space…and more storage space! One thing that I learned from leaving in a studio is that the storage space is the most important thing when wanting to have a decluttered space.

There are so many smart ways in which you can do that, from having a sofa with storage space underneath or investing in storage baskets or drawer dividers. You may be tempted to toss keys, purses, umbrellas, mail and so on as soon as you enter the house. Choose to put everything in place and your home will look clean and less crowded!

Play with textures and patterns

This is where the fun begins! Don’t decorate a room by making everything match. Sure, you don’t have to go crazy with the colors and the textures either.

Try to create a balanced space. In a room where everything matches, you feel the need to add more pieces that match so you will end up with a cluttered room.

One tip is to choose the piece of furniture that will stand out and then balance the space around that piece. Don’t just add the same color everywhere. After choosing the most important piece, keep the colors in the same color scheme and don’t go overboard!

Another tip is to use stripes for a rug, for example. It will make the room seem longer and more spacious.

It is important to let your eyes rest once in a while, or your room will start to feel overwhelming.

Let there be light!

The light will most certainly change the space completely. A room that has no light will automatically feel closed up and cluttered.

More light equals more open space. This is what you need. Natural light is ideal if you have the opportunity. If you don’t make sure your light is powerful enough to light up the whole room.

You can even add lamps, candles, whatever suits your design.

Opt for fewer decorations

I know, we all tend to add more and more decorations. We get excited and then we fill up the whole room with unnecessary decorations that actually make space look cluttered.

Try to build up space according to a design you already established. This is another mistake that I did. I just added more and more decorations that I liked but didn’t go at all with my design so I ended up with a crowded room.

Keep in mind the size when choosing the furniture

“The bigger the better” doesn’t work in this case. If you have a smaller room, choose the furniture according to the size. A bigger and bulkier sofa, for example, will only crowd up the room.

In contrast, a smaller one will allow maximum traffic flow around the room and it will make space look bigger and cleaner.

Other ideas

  • Divide the spaces: A divided space will give the impression of an organized space and this is exactly what you need! You can opt for smaller rugs and place them under the most important areas.
  • Hang your curtains higher: This will make your space look less crowded and taller.
  • Always hide the cords
  • Close the doors of the drawers

This is it, guys! We hope this article helped you!