For quite some time, I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps. I’ve lost my mojo. I’ve been lacking the drive and motivation that I once thrived upon.
Over the last month or so, I’ve been looking for my mojo and was slowly coming to the point where I had no chance of getting it back. I’ve been doing everything from googling “how to get your motivation back” to try to psych myself up and even watching multiple TED Talks… yes, I felt like I was back at university and none of it was getting through to me. I got to the point where I was so fed up with myself, my work and considerably unhappy with everything around me, yet I couldn’t muster up a plan of action to get things back on track.
One day I let my anxiety get the better of me and just had an absolute meltdown, crying to the point I couldn’t breathe and barely speak. I had let myself get far too overwhelmed and was struggling to maintain a standard of work that I usually pride myself on. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably have noticed that I stopped posting for almost a month, and that wasn’t through lack of trying. I just felt so uninspired, so unworthy and even more so just tired. I dragged myself to an event a few days later where I spent time with a few blogger pals who made me realise that it was time to start afresh and get myself a new game plan and get my mojo back.
1. PLAN AHEAD
Making a to-do list is one of the most cliche tips told when trying to sort your life out. But trust me it helps. Whatever you need to do, whatever is on your mind, just write it down in an attempt to get things started. For me, I love making lists and I love to be organised. For my blog I’ve made a Blog Organisation Spreadsheet (ah how I love a good Google Doc), where I can plan everything from content ideas, making a note of gifts I’ve received, deadlines I need to work to as well as my finances, and it’s so great to see everything in one place! When it comes to my day job, I tend to write a double page spread of all of my tasks for the week and split these out into days so I don’t feel as overwhelmed. You will save so much time and stress by setting yourself realistic expectations!
2. TIME OUT
Realise that it’s okay to take a break and allow yourself some chill time. Sometimes I think working in social media and blogging, we don’t allow ourselves time to rest and recharge. But it is something we all need. Take some time away from social media and the online world even if it’s just for a day and focus on yourself. Go to the gym, take a long relaxing bath, or read a book. I’ve found solitude in reading recently, which is not something I tend to do often. Instead of getting home from work and watching TV, I’ll get into some comfy clothes, dim the lights and cosy up with a book to read. This month I’ve read Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women, #GIRLBOSS and The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k. I’m so inspired by these real-life stories of women who “go out and get it” no matter what life throws at them. So much so, that one of my clients at work remembered a conversation I had with him and he bought me a book all about how to take charge of your life.
3. POSITIVE VIBES
Surround yourself with love and positivity, whether it’s spending some chill time with family and loved ones or even working alongside a friend. It really makes a difference. We’ve all heard of that saying “a problem shared is a problem halved” and it’s true. Having people you can talk to about to the good or the bad just to get something off your chest brings you so much relief, and sharing experiences with someone else makes finding a solution ten times easier.
These small tips can make such a difference to your day and how you spend your time and will definitely help you on your way to getting your mojo back. How do you guys focus on staying motivated? Let me know!
Love, Aysh x
Photography by the lovely Zoe Griffin