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How to get motivated

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” ~Benjamin Disraeli Although laziness is common and a natural part of life, it has the potential to completely consume us. I personally have times where laziness causes me to feel trapped. No matter what I do, I cannot seem to shake it off. I feel tired, I fall asleep constantly during the day, I sit around a lot and feel unable to be active, I avoid doing anything productive, and seem to put everything i want to accomplish on hold. I believe there are two kinds of laziness. First, there’s the kind where you have been working your butt off for weeks and finally after all your hard work all you want to do is be lazy and do nothing. But then there’s the kind of laziness where you struggle to find motivation. Every time you think of something you would like to do or achieve, you cannot find the energy or drive to work toward it. This is the kind of laziness that I am talking about. Being lazy is actually quite draining and depressing. I know because I regularly find myself feeling so lethargic that even the simplest task seems like a challenge. I’m sure I’m not alone. When I’m having a day where I just don’t want to do anything, I motivate myself by making a really simple to-do list - and I mean really simple. Tasks include things like making my bed, calling to schedule a regular doctor’s checkup, or doing a load of laundry. Easy stuff. Not only does this keep the dishes from piling up and the laundry basket from overflowing, but seeing the check marks fill up the page mentally tricks me into feeling accomplished, which then motivates me to tackle more, harder tasks that day. It’s a great way to break me out of that “I can’t do anything today” feeling and boost my mood. to do list We'd love to know: What are your tips for finding motivation? XO Kimberley

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