Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are having a great week so far. I have been thinking about something for a few weeks now and I wanted to sit down and write about it, but I could never find the right words or the right way to go about it I guess. It wasn’t until I got asked a question the other day and I really sat and thought about it that it finally clicked. One of my most common questions is “How do you stay so motivated?” or something along those lines. And it’s always interesting because I know from the outside perspective I seem motivated and productive all the time. I have a full-time job, I’m in grad school, I have a new blog post pretty much everyday, I have friends, I have started being more active on social media, and the list goes on and on. So I get it.
But the truth is, I’m not always motivated. At least not in the way I think people think I am. I used to be the kind of person who thought I always had to be busy. I thought I always needed to be doing something and always have something going on. I bought into the hustle culture that productivity is great and we need to be as productive as we can as often as we can. Until I realized how toxic that mindset it. Don’t get me wrong, being productive is absolutely important and clearly I’m pretty productive. But this idea that I have to always be doing something creates a huge problem. For a really long time I struggled with resting and enjoying life. I struggled with slowing down and taking time for myself. And I got to a point over this past year where I realized how much of my life I was giving up because I was just trying to keep going all the time.
So I have really worked on letting go of the hustle culture and really trying to find a good balance. And that is what keeps me motivated. I think I am more productive now because I am intentional about the things I’m doing. I am intentional about what I devote my time to and if there is something I’m not particularly motivated to do but I want to do something else, that’s what I focus on. Like right now I absolutely could be working on my paper that is due on Saturday, but instead I’m writing this post because I know the motivation will come soon enough. I stay motivated because I don’t force myself to do things (outside of you know, my job) that I don’t absolutely want to do in that moment. That’s how I keep the passion alive. So I wanted to share a few other things that have really helped me as well.
I stopped competing.
Comparison is a cruel game. It’s a game that makes us think we aren’t good enough because we aren’t someone else, we don’t have what someone else has, or we aren’t doing what someone else is doing. And comparing ourselves to others is pretty easy these days with social media. But I learned that no matter who I was comparing myself to, if I really thought about it, if I had everything that they had but I was losing what I have, I don’t think I would be much happier. So I learned to stop using social media as a way to judge myself and I started focusing on building myself up.
This goes into a little bit of what I was talking about earlier. Being mindful is super important when it comes to what I’m taking on, how much time I’m filling up, and how I am using my energy. It is also really important that I know how to listen to my body and what it needs. Sometimes my body needs rest, sometimes it needs fresh air, and sometimes it needs human interaction. There’s so much that goes into being mindful, but something I do that really helps is journaling. Journaling helps me feel centered and grounded and just connect with myself which is always nice.
Have a self care routine.
Self care is really important, but it’s also tricky because having a self care routine is something that is totally unique to you. What works for me may not work for you. And it has taken me a long time to build a solid routine that works for me and even then it’s still changing sometimes. So I think just having a solid routine of things I can go back to to make sure that I am taking care of myself, recharging my soul, and just having that quality time to myself is really important. It helps me make sure I’m not overwhelming myself and going hard all the time.
Having a workflow.
Workflow is different for everyone and it honestly took me a while to learn that. Growing up I always thought that everyone’s workflow was the same and that we all were supposed to have the same mindset and lifestyle in that sense. I thought everyone was supposed to do their best work earlier in the day. But then I learned that not everyone is like that. I actually get my best work done and have the most energy and creativity in the evening. So I structure my day in a way that allows me to have more time at night to get things done.
Dreaming is really important because even if I’m dreaming about things that are totally unrealistic, it’s still really inspiring. I’m still getting a lot of inspiration and motivation. But most of my dreams are about more realistic things like my career, my future home, my future family, and things of that nature. It just always keeps me moving forward because I am reminded of just how much I have to look forward to and the things I am working toward. It gives me a ton of motivation to keep going and also to stop and enjoy what I have right now.
So that is how I stay motivated while also letting go of hustle culture. It has been a long process and I am still learning and growing, but it has gotten significantly better, especially over this past year. I know it will only continue as time goes on. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments if you have any tips with letting go of hustle culture or what your experience is with it. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!