If I was to write the thing I struggle on the most in life, it would be productivity and feeling motivated. Especially since I left my main job to do blogging full time. Being at home all the time can effect your routine and can bring your productivity levels down. Recently I have been trying to experiment with new ideas to help me feel more motivated when it comes to doing work.
For a few months I have been reading books and following Instagram accounts with motivational messages to try and help me feel a little more motivated. Whist these are good they don’t quite give me enough of a boost to get me feeling motivated for the day. I must admit I’m not the most productive person in the world sometimes. At the same time, I hate sitting around procrastinating and not getting things done that I know are important. I decided to try some new things to help me with my productivity – and so far it seems to be working.
One of the main beneficial creations I have done is to create what I call a motivational mood board! You may be wondering what this is? I created this to give me a clear vision of exactly what I want to achieve in my life over the next few years, and maybe some others in the far future – for example my dream car. Every day I am able to look at my board and feel inspired to work hard so I can achieve my goals.
So what sort of pictures should you pin up on your board? This is completely up to you but it helps if you make each image mean something personal to you. When you look at the images you should know exactly what it is you want to achieve. It may also help to write one or two words next to image that help you visualise exactly what each image means. I personally didn’t do this because in my head I understand what each image means to me.
There are some things I want to do in my life which are personal to myself. Make each picture have a personal meaning behind it, so when you look at it you feel inspired by it. You may be able to guess some of what my pictures mean on the mood board just by looking at my board. It may give you some inspiration on how you would like yours to look like. Once your board is complete it will help you organise your life so you can achieve your goals.
You want to put the things you dream about doing or what you would love to do in life. For example, the aeroplane on my board is a indication that I would like to travel all over the world. There are so many places I would like to visit in the world – Japan being one of the main ones. I painted a cherry blossom branch to represent Japan. Also the reason why I decided to get a board with the world map on it was that I thought it fit well with my ideas.
Its also important to give yourself a rough idea on how much time you want to spend working towards your goal, whether that be mentally or putting a little note next to your picture. Giving yourself a time limit on how long it will take to achieve your goal, inspires you to find ways of getting to that point. It helps you to put all your time and effort in to get to that goal in the time you have set yourself. Make sure you are realistic with your goals and it is actually possible to achieve it in your set time. Actually achieving it is the responsibility you will give yourself to figure out how to get there.
I’m personally a very creative person, I love to paint, draw and do makeup (of course). I feel that putting creativity into my mood board actually motivates me more as I have put time and effort into painting each image. Putting some creative aspect into my mood board makes me feel more appreciative of the time I’ve put into it and makes me feel more productive to working towards them.
Not only does this give me a visual representation of what I want but its also helping me to become more organised with my every day tasks. For instance, I have two months to plan a video which includes filming, editing and any blog work I want to do along with it. I then plan out each day for about 10 minutes before I go to bed so I know exactly what I need to get done that day, or a list of tasks I need to do throughout the week. There’s nothing better than the feeling of ticking off that completed task from your list – which is working towards one of your goals. It motivates you to keep going down the list and getting all your tasks done.
Keeping my tasks and goals in a clear organised place where I can see them clearly everyday is really helping me to get tasks done. I always note down a rough estimate on how long each task will take and also put them in order from most important to least important. This helps me to focus most my time on the bigger tasks that will be more fulfilling. I personally like switching between different tasks every couple hours just so it doesn’t become tedious doing one long task. Not only that, but if you start a task your not just going to leave it there unfinished for ages – it motivates you to get all your tasks done.
I have not had this mood board for very long but I’m going to keep adding images over time to inspire me on what I want to do. But for the short time I have had it, it has honestly risen my productivity levels massively and I think it will continue to do so. No matter what your goal is, put it up there and it will help you to focus on exactly what you want to do – motivating you to work towards actually doing it!
If you do decide to give this a go I would love to know if it works for you as well as it did for me. If you would like to buy the same mood board as me click here and it will link you to the product. Also tag me in your photos or write me a message on social media, I would love to hear from you and see your mood board creations.
Thanks for reading!