Staying motivated seems so much harder in winter months, doesn’t it? Sure, the nicer it gets the more you want to be outside and be distracted. But for me, staying motivated is extra difficult in the winter when it’s cold and I just want to curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa and a fire (or the Netflix fireplace for me). This winter in particular I have been staying extremely busy, which means any time that I am home I just want to relax. But, I need to actually use that time too, sometimes. There are a few things I do to stay motivated.
Curate my space
Wherever I find myself spending most of my time needs to be curated. This helps me stay motivated because I can look around and see things that make me happy. In addition, I have very minimal decoration in my room so that I don’t want to spend to much time there. Currently in my living room which is also my workspace, I have postcards, artwork I like, a few canvases, some squirrel statues, flowers, and books. So. Many. Books. Somehow, my books help me stay motivated. I can pick them up whenever I need inspiration, or even just a book. And then there are times I am actually in need of one of my books, and in that case having a lot of them in my workspace makes life so much easier. Here are some of my favorite books to keep on hand: Steal Like an Artist, The Elements of Style, Manolo Blank Drawings and Capture Your Style.
This goes hand-in-hand with curating my space. Candles that aren’t too strongly scented are my favorite. I have been very into lavender candles recently. I also am digging Lilly Pulitzer candles. By burning one Lilly candle, and one lavender candle, my place smells citrusy but still relaxing. Here are some candles I would suggest:
Something I did this summer was everyday I would arrive to work a few minutes early, sit on the stoop, pull out my sketchbook and just doodle. Some days I’d just write the date, other days I’d write down quotes that I had been thinking of recently, or maybe I’d just draw an mandala. This really seemed to get me ready for the day. My brain felt amped and I felt more motivated. Now, if I am having trouble either getting work done, or I just need to get myself feeling motivated, doodling really makes me feel better.
Finally, my space is happy, my mind is open and then I like to make sure I’m physically comfortable. I personally like to sit with a can of LaCroix (orange or tangerine, preferably) or sparkling drink (I’ve linked my very favorite below), my cutesy slippers and some comfy clothes. Generally for me that is [high-waisted] leggings or sweatpants and an oversized sweatshirt. And, I noticed that I don’t like to take the time to do my makeup when I’m just going to sit around, but I feel more confident an prepared to take on anything!
What are your tips to stay motivated?? Share them below!