7 Hacks To Motivate Yourself To Make Progress

Ready to stop procrastinating and make some progress? Try one of these seven simple hacks to motivate yourself into action. Give them each a try over the coming days and weeks and find the ones that make the biggest difference for you. Whenever you find yourself procrastinating, come back to this list and employ one or several of these hacks. Your productivity will soar.

Pick Something Small

One of the big reasons we procrastinate is because something feels overwhelming. There’s too much too do, so we choose to forget about it for a little while. It’s a coping mechanism, just not a very productive one. Instead, pick one thing, something small that you can do right now to move you in the right direction. This creates momentum and forces you to take action.

Set A Time And Go

Another hack that works like a charm is to set a timer. Your phone has one built in, as do most smart watches. Set it for fifteen or twenty minutes and chip away at a task you’ve been procrastinating on. This works just as well for declutter your closet as it does for filling out those dreaded expense reports. If twenty minutes feels too long, start with ten. Again, the goal is to start and do something.

Bribe Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with bribing yourself if that’s what motivates you. Work on a home improvement project for an hour and then watch an episode of your favorite show. Or promise yourself a new gadget or pair of shoes when you finish painting the living room. Come up with something that motivates you and go for it. Remind yourself of the prize at the end of the project whenever you’re tempted to put things off for another day.

Find An Accountability Partner

Find someone else who’s either trying to be more productive or beat procrastination themselves. Check in with each other daily. Share what you want to accomplish and what you will get done today. Knowing you have to report to someone else makes you take action. It’s also motivating to see the other person do the same. Try it.

Measure Your Progress

When you’re working on something long-term like losing thirty pounds for example, it can be tempting to procrastinate because it doesn’t seem like you’re making much progress. Instead, prove to yourself that you are getting closer and closer by tracking or measuring it. Make a chart, use a spreadsheet, keep a journal. Find a way to measure your progress and use it to motivate yourself to keep going.

Remind Yourself Of Your Why

There’s a reason you’ve decided to do that thing you keep putting off. Think about why you want to get it done. Is it so you get your tax refund? So you can run around with the kids? So you can find the clothes you actually want to wear? Find out your why. Write it down and then keep it front and center. Look at it every day before you get ready to get to work.

Just Start

I’ve saved the best for last. It’s the easiest but also the most powerful. Hear this. Just get started. That’s right, sometimes all you have to do is just get moving in the right direction. Do something. Do anything. Even if it’s something super small. You get over that initial hump and start to build some momentum.

Self-Care Doesn’t Have To Cost Anything

Lots of people get the wrong idea about self-care. They think they have to be deserving of it. They feel like it’s splurging to do something good for yourself. It can seem extravagant. I’d like to change that mindset today. Self-care is something you deserve. Everyone does. It benefits us all, along with those around us, when we put our own well-being at the forefront. You can’t take care of others when your own well-being is suffering. Let’s take a look at some free and low-cost ways you can care for yourself.

Take a Time Out

Sometimes just a little bit of alone time is all you need to feel rejuvenated. So why not give yourself a time out? Lock yourself in your room with a nice cup of tea. Listen to some quiet music. Just sit still and think for a bit. It’s a luxury we all can afford.

Waste Some Time

We often feel pressured to be productive all the time. Being busy is a sign of worth and accomplishment. However, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Just kicking back and doing nothing is important to recharging our batteries. Let yourself have some down time to do something frivolous like binge on your favorite Netflix show, take a nap or just sit and pet your cat. You deserve it.

Do Some Writing

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, journaling can be a very therapeutic activity. Jotting down what you’re grateful for has been proven to be beneficial to well-being. It can also be energizing to simply do a brain dump in which you write down all the things that are floating around in your head. Jotting down dreams for the future might inspire and motivate you to take action. Give it a try.

Reach Out to Someone

Socializing is a crucial part of self-care. Even introverts benefit from interpersonal connection. Humans aren’t meant to be isolated. Pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Sit down and Skype with your favorite internet pal. Meeting up in person for a walk together or a cup of coffee is even better. Connecting to others might just provide the spark you’ve been missing.

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Change Your Perspective

A change of scenery can be a wonderful source of renewal, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Just heading out to walk in your neighborhood might help when you’re feeling stir-crazy in your home. If you’re able to afford it, a low-cost staycation to a nearby location for a day or two is a fun way to switch things up. You’ll be surprised what this change of perspective can do for you.

While these are just a few of the countless ways you can indulge in self-care without spending much money, perhaps they’re just the jumpstart you need to begin exploring this concept. You truly do deserve to spend time, energy and effort on your own well-being.

Homemade Chocolate Strawberry Boxes

I previously said there would be no. food on this blog but there will be a few, don’t worry they won’t be yucky. They’re quick and easy because as much as I love my kitchen I don’t want to be in it for hours and these homemade chocolate strawberry boxes did not disappoint.

Over the weekend it was raining but I was craving something sweet. Strawberry and chocolate are sweet! So why not make a few homemade chocolate strawberry boxes for dessert, right?

I’d saved a recipe (I can’t remember what website it was on because I’d saved the ingredients and “how-to” in my phone notes) and wanted to give it a try for a few months now.

I love the combination of strawberries and chocolate. Sweet and a little tangy depending on what type of strawberry you’ve dipped. The thought is making my mouth water.

I dipped the left over strawberries in chocolate to save as an extra treat. I love strawberries in their true for as it but add a little chocolate and I’m ALL over it.

The boxes held up well, we’re tasty, and worked out perfect in the fridge. They didn’t lose shape, leak, or break. I was very pleased with myself and our guest was too. They thought it took house so that is what I let them believe but it only takes about 30 minutes.

I like that this recipe is so verities because you can add any kind of add in you’d like, some suggestions are peanuts, almonds, strawberry jam, caramel, you name it! Whatever you like in your chocolate will be tasty. I do plan to try a few things with these next boxes, although I need another silicon tray because this one is huge. It did take a little finesse to get them out as I used a lot of chocolate as lining.

The recipe was a hit as my boyfriend has taken one to work with him to work this week and has asked to take the others for the rest of the week. He doesn’t even like that much chocolate. Since the boxes were so big he split it with his best friend at lunch. Aww, sharing is caring, huh? (And that’s how you get Covid! jk)

I did learn a few tricks. I used a huge ice tray for this one. It was tricky because i had to make sure the sides were coated enough which left a lot of chocolate at the top.

The thick chocolate on top makes these yummies a little hard to crack open but not impossible. My tip is to make sure the bottom is lightly coated. 

Another thing is with the ice tray and with the chocolate hardened I couldn’t really “twist” the chocolates loose.

I used a butter knife to loose the edges that were back to back and popped them out of the silicon tray.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Melted chocolate Your choice of dark, milk or white
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments and use a paintbrush to paint chocolate in each cavity of an ice cube tray. Freeze this tray for 20 minutes.

2. Remove the tray from the freezer and fill it with your choice of add-ins.Pour spoonfuls of chocolate on top of your add-ins and freeze this tray again for another 20 minutes.

3. Turn the tray onto a sheet of wax paper and tap it a bit until the chocolate cubes come out. And you are done.

So easy! I was surprised as of how fast everything went. In almost an hour these beauties were ready to eat.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth and about 30 minutes – my suggestion is grab some chocolate and a mold then get to work melting that chocolate. You can even use an ice cube tray if you don’t have a mold. Then they’ll be bite sized! If you give the recipe a try please let me know how they turned out!

How To Create A Peaceful Bedroom Sanctuary

I don’t know about you, but my bedroom is my sanctuary. I love coming in it at night or any time of day because I know everything is in place, perfect, and ready for me to relax with my chocolate mocha. Creating a peaceful bedroom sanctuary is critical, in my opinion, anyway. I’ll link below the exact things that make my peaceful bedroom sanctuary.

How To Create A Peaceful Bedroom Sanctuary

I make the bed every morning, which is pretty easy for my side because my boyfriend likes to toss and turn, twisting his side up like a garlic breadstick (I’m hungry while writing this), so his side takes a little more time. I set all my pillows up to ensure my nightstand is clear of tumblers, water bottles, and dog training treats (we have two 1/2-month-old Corgi – his name is Yamper but more on him later) the night before.

On my work desk (I have one in the office too, but I hardly have one), I always leave my Hymilian salt lamp on unless I’m going out for a bit because, you know, fire hazards and all (plus Yamper is in his crate in our room). I have three different sizes of flameless candles on my desk and my salt lamp. I LOVE flameless candles, and there are approximately 13 around the bedroom. I love their ambiance! I also have my Amethyst crystal rock lamp, and I don’t turn it on because I love how it looks without the illumination. Lastly, my essential oil diffuser pretty much stays on constantly too. I love my lavender oils. I’ve also gotten into blends like “relaxation” and “Stress relief” on those hectic days where it feels like a rush and everything is caving in all at once. (If you have any roller blends for diffuser blends you love, drop them in the comments below, I’m always looking for more recipes)

Above my desk, I need a little inspiration and beauty, so I have a few art pieces (three of which I’ve painted), one of my favorite Disney characters Belle, and a gorgeous macrame circle mirror my boyfriend’s mother gave me for Christmas. It all makes the room feel so cozy. I do have other pictures like the one I painted of my boyfriend standing on a cliff in West Virginia. Beside the desk, I have two bohemian lights in the shape of stars with little star cutouts on all 12 points of the stars themselves. Again, I love the ambiance of these at night too.

My T.V. stand is a huge bookshelf filled to the brim with books I’ve already read, need to read, or want to re-read. My favorite authors are, of course, Stephen King, Kira Davis, Joanne Fluke, and all the self-help, motivational, and self-guidance books. On top of the huge bookshelf sits my huge T.V., which barely gets turned on unless I’m watching Extreme Couponers, The I.D. Network, or using it to watch Youtube because the laptop or phone are hurting my poor eyes. Above the T.V is a clock I’ve had for about 15 years, no joke. It’s plain and my favorite color, so it has traveled with me everywhere; I have moved (I now see it needs a new battery because it’s about 5 hours off. Either that or I can time travel).

My nightstand is just a white nightstand with a small drawer that’s filled to the brim with Chapstick, thumb drives (I’m also a photographer and graphic designer), eyeglasses, clothes, crystals, air pods, and who knows what else. Adorning the top of the nightstand is a white and yellow silk orchid (because I can’t seem to keep real ones alive), a silver lamp, three flameless candles (remember my flameless candle addiction?), a cellphone, planner, iPad, and 2-3 books at any given time I’m reading. They aren’t all different genres of books; one might be a murder novel, the other a business book, and another a book about blogging. I also have a small notebook and pen I keep by my bed if I get any ideas while relaxing or waking up with my next genius idea. Along with Post It notes, Post It flags, pencil, and highlighter. I have an assortment of notebooks (which I hoard notebooks and office supplies too), old planners, and empty binders that are pretty to look at it. 

You can create a peaceful bedroom sanctuary however feels comfortable to you. You must open your mind to space you’re working with and ultimately make it your own. Anything can be perfect, but it may take a little time. Add a few plants, a little simple lighting, photos, or art on the walls or the floor, and call it your own sacred space even if you share it with someone else. 

You can add plants like a rubber plant or spider plant for air purification and try a Jasmine plant which will help with sleep. If you’re not one for plants then you can give a noise machine a try, listening to the rain (simulated or not) is one of my favorite things to do. Add little pieces to your bedroom that make it feel like it’s completely your space.

The idea is to make it fun, inviting, and most of all, comfortable. Tell me in the comments what the favorite part of your bedroom is?

Here are the exact things I have in my peaceful bedroom sanctuary: (This post may contain affiliate links. Meaning, I get a commission if you purchase through my links, at no cost to you. Read the full disclosure here.)