Crystal, how do you stay motivated to get up and get moving each day? Do you generally have a positive attitude about your days? May I ask how you cope or stay on task when you’re tired or discouraged? -a reader
Want to know the truth? While I’m generally a very positive person, this positivity is something I’ve intentionally decided to choose:
- I try to choose to go through life looking for blessings, even when there are hard and heavy burdens.
- I aim to choose to go through life looking for the good to praise, instead of pointing out the things there are to criticize.
- I always try to choose to believe the best about others, even when I sometimes want to be frustrated and hurt.
I don’t always do a great job of this. There are days when I wake up feeling overwhelmed. When I feel tired and behind before my feet even hit the floor. When I just want to roll over and go back to sleep because my to-do list is too long and the night was too short.
When I wake up feeling discouraged and tired or when I start feeling down or want to wallow in frustration, I’ve found a number of solutions to help me get back on track and have more of a cheerful, upbeat attitude.
Over the past few days, I compiled a list of 33 different things I do almost every day to make my day so much better. Here’s my list:
1. Get Up a Little Earlier — Even if I can’t get up really early, I have found that getting up just 15 minutes before my children do makes a world of difference in my day. I start the day out with more clarity and purpose, I’m more organized, and I’m a much more cheerful and relaxed mom.
2. Make a Cup of Coffee — Need I say more? I love me my fresh-brewed coffee with half and half. And I look forward to waking up every morning so I can drink my piping hot cup!
3. Light a Candle — I love the look and smell of a candle burning, so I light one just about every morning when I come downstairs to brew my coffee. It’s often the little things that can make such a difference!
4. Take Time to Brain Dump — Either at night before I go to bed or first thing in the morning, I write down everything I need to do that day or feel like I need to do. Getting it all out of my head onto paper is such a helpful exercise.
5. Create Time Blocks for Tasks — Once I create my “brain dump list” of what I think I need to do during the day, then I go back and put those tasks into time blocks. Which basically means assigning times for each tasks — such as do x, y, and z from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., etc. I try to also schedule in at least 2 hours of margin each day.
6. Delete Some Unnecessary Tasks From My Day — By creating time blocks for the tasks of my day, it helps me to figure out whether the tasks I think I need to do during that day are realistic or not. Often times, I’ll have more tasks than time, so I will cull some of the unnecessary items from the list freeing me to focus on the most important tasks for the day.
7. Write Down My Blessings — The practice of recording my blessings each day has transformed my attitude. I dare you to try it! Start your day with listing 1-3 things you are thankful for and I can almost guarantee that it will help you begin your day with a boost.
8. Read My Bible — As a Christian, spending time in God’s Word feeds my soul and encourages my heart. I’m loving doing the She Reads Truth studies right now and spending time digging deeper into God’s Word as a result.
9. Turn on Music — I love music and, never fails, if I’m feeling down or discouraged, when I turn on uplifting music, within 10-15 minutes or less, I’m smiling and humming along.
10. Clean Out My Inbox — I’m kind of a fanatic about keeping my inbox cleaned out, so I usually start my morning blogging time by quickly going through the emails in there and dealing with them — either responding, filing, delegating, or deleting them. This helps me to make sure I don’t get behind on tasks and stay organized as a business owner.
11. Find Something to Smile About — I love to laugh, so I’m always looking for funny stories and cartoons to share to make other people smile, too. I usually post a few of my favorites on the Money Saving Mom® Facebook Page each day.
12. Write a Blog Post — Writing is cathartic for me, so I’ve made a habit of writing something every single day. Sundays are the only day I take off from blogging, so every other day, I usually write at least part of a post or a full post. I often outline the post one day and then come back to it the next day or a few days later to finish the bones of it.
13. Hug My Kiddos — We’re generous with the physical affection at our house and I know everyone benefits as a result. Plus, it’s hard to be frustrated with someone for long if you are hugging them regularly!
14. Kiss My Husband — I’ve read things about the importance of a 15-second kiss at least once every day. We aim to go above and beyond that every day… and we’re big fans of not keeping things G-rated. <img src="http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72×72/1f609.png" alt="