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Hello friends!

I’m excited for today’s post! I’m here to share with you some of my top tips to stay motivated. With balancing grad school, fashion blogging, and wedding planning, it’s safe to say that I need to always be on top of my productivity game! Of course, my motivation comes and goes. Those days where I lack motivation is a serious struggle!

Here’s how I keep myself motivated on those tiresome, long days!

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1.) I do self-care

The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to take care of yourself. If you aren’t making time to unwind and do things that you will enjoy, you will inevitably burn out. Imagine a car trying to merge on the highway without gas. It just doesn’t happen!

I can personally attest to how important self-care is in my life. I used to be an extremely active and physically fit person. I was an athlete in high school and a workout guru in college. Once I graduated college, I slowly started to let go of my fitness routine when I started working full time. When I started grad school, I was lucky if I worked out twice a week. I would go in streaks of working out five days in a row, to not working out for 3 months. There was no balance. My energy sources lacked, and I felt immense guilt for not taking care of myself.

I’m happy to report that 2017 has been loads better. I’ve been making time to work out more, no matter how long my to-do list is, and it truly has made a difference in my overall mood and self-esteem. That alone motivates me. Friends, be sure you are taking time to take care of yourself. Whether self-care to you is reading before bed, taking a bubble bath, or eating healthier, your body and mind will thank you for it!

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2.) I get dressed

I am a huge believer in “look good, feel good”! On the days when I seriously need to crush things out, I dress up a little extra nicer than how I normally do. For some reason, it just gives me that extra “oomph” that I need to help me feel productive. Is this just me, or do you guys also feel that way?!

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3.) I take breaks to stay inspired

For me, the largest cause of my lack of motivation is feeling uninspired. Usually when I feel uninspired, my confidence levels also drop. I have a bad habit of correlating productivity to self-worth. When I don’t feel like I am accomplishing things, I feel like I am failing. Of course, this is crazy reasoning, but the perfectionist in me is always striving to be my best.

When I’m feeling unmotivated, I take a break. I catch up on some sleep. I watch a movie with my fiancé. I go for a walk outside. I breathe in some fresh air. I visit a friend. This usually results in me replenishing my soul (self-care, again!!) and I feel my motivation building up to conquer what is on my agenda. After taking a break, I usually come back feeling ready to take on the world!

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4.) CAFFEINE!

Seriously though- it helps. I love drinking both coffee and tea! I drink coffee first thing in the AM (without it, I lack a personality!! 😉 ) and I like to sip on nice cup of hot tea throughout the day. I’m especially loving the Dunkin’ Donuts line of teas right now- in these photos, I’m drinking the Harmony Leaf Green Tea! SO good, and it provides that extra little kick I need to get through my day!

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5.) I re-visit my goals 

I write out long-term goals at the beginning of each year, and I write out short-term goals the 1st of every month. Re-visiting these goals is an excellent way to stay on track with the task at hand. Goals are also especially useful because they track progress, and they make me feel good when I can physically see that I am accomplishing things! Tip: Be sure you are physically writing out your goals. One of my favorite quotes is, “A goal not written is just a wish.” In addition, be sure you are writing out SMART goals:

S-Specific
M-Measurable
A-Attainable
R-Realistic
T-Time based

Sometimes, even making goals can be overwhelming for me, which is why I like to break them down into little baby steps. Just writing down my goals helps me feel motivated to be a better version of myself.

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6.) I keep my to-do list short

I recently started cutting down on my to-do list because my original long list was giving me WAY too much anxiety. Studies have proven that individuals are more likely to accomplish more when they keep their to-do list short. My old to-do list used to look something like this:

Sunday
-Do laundry
-Organize the tupperwear cabinets
-Organize the basement shelves
-Read 4 chapters of my textbook
-Write a paper for class

-Go for a run
-Write a blog post

Unless I get up at 4am and drink 6 cups of coffee, chances are that I will never accomplish everything on that list, which makes me feel really crappy about myself on Sunday night. Add in all of the “usual” tasks that we don’t write on our to-do list, such as pack my lunch for tomorrow, do the dishes, shower, call mom, etc.. makes for a very busy day! We need to give ourselves more credit and learn to not define our success by how “productive” we are.

Now, I try to break my to-do list down into smaller, measurable chunks:

Sunday
-Get up at 7am, go for run 
-Do 3 loads of laundry
-Read a chapter out of textbook while doing laundry
-Write my paper
-If time allows, but not mandatory to accomplish today: Write blog post

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7.) I look at how far I have come

Sometimes, looking at these goals can be overwhelming. When tihs happens, I look at how far I have come! With blogging, I look at my content from a year ago and see how much I have improved, all while tackling grad school. I think about how many followers and friends I have gained this year that I did not have last year. That alone is a reason for me to keep going! :) I love you guys.

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There you have it! Those are my best tips to stay motivated when I don’t feel like it. Now tell me- what helps YOU stay motivated when you’re not feeling it?!

Wearing //
Sweater // Charlotte Russe
Wedges // Charlotte Russe
Purse // Charlotte Russe
Sunnies // Charlotte Russe
Jeans // Charlotte Russe

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Photos by Shaunae Teske Photography 

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  • great post and such beautiful fun pictures.

  • Taking breaks are a must for me. Like you said it keeps me inspired. I also need caffeine lol

    • I would die without caffeine!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    Totally agree with dressing up makes me get things done! I don’t really know how but it has always worked for me!

    • I know! Look good, feel good!

  • Neely

    getting dressed really helps me a lot!

  • I’m definitely in a place where I’m not motivated to blog and it’s frustrating! I need to start making to do lists to see what needs to get done!

    • I hate that feeling! Luckily, it doesn’t last forever.

  • I love the “if time allows, do this” point. It’s SO helpful, and also practical in just keeping things realistic and actually achievable!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Samantha

    Yes to all of this! I just took a month off from my blog because I was feeling overwhelmed and uninspired. I took some time to do more of what I love, and now I’m back and feeling refreshed. And I love your outfit!

    • Aw good! Isn’t it amazing what some time off can do!

  • I love all your tips! I really liked seeing how you do your to-do list. I’m definitely one of those who makes a crazy long and unattainable to-do list. I’ve gotten better about lowering my expectations. I now write my list and think, “I’d like to get this done over the next three days…” But I also like the idea of keeping my to-do lists doable and how you grouped things, like read a chapter while doing laundry.

    • For sure! And honestly Crystal, cutting down that to-do list has helped my anxiety so much. It’s all about being realistic.

  • I have been feeling overwhelmed lately, so thank you for this. Caffeine has been a major help lol. I also find I do better when I get up earlier.

    • I don’t know what I’d do without my caffeine!

  • I love that purse…such a spring-y pastel color. Caffeine is a definite daily need!

  • Samantha

    What a cute outfit! I love your tips for staying motivated also.

  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    I’m pretty sure caffeine makes the world go round. Cute outfit!

  • Babe, you and your posts are always so inspiring and motivating that it is hard to believe that you feel otherwise at times, but I know exactly what you mean! Your tips are on point – my to-dos are never short, ugh! But I love SMART goals and revisiting them every so often.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Thanks for stopping by, love!

  • I really appreciate these very helpful tips! You hit the nail on the head with the importance of exercise and self care. When I neglect to workout, eat too much junk, and don’t get enough sleep, my productivity level drops significantly!

    • Isn’t that crazy how much it effects you?!

  • Rachel Ritlop

    So much yes to this!! This week has been so tough – normally i practice everything you outlined but my anxiety has been through the roof and i didn’t sleep at all the other night and I’ve just been so off :-

    • Oh no! The other night I woke up at 3:30 am and cleaned the kitchen because of my anxiety. UNREAL! You can do this! Deep breaths and one day at a time.

  • Lynn

    Great advice! I love the whole outfit. I need those shoes!

    Lynn N.

    http://emmaandrose.com

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    Instagram: @emmaandroseblog

  • I also believe in the look good, feel good! I also like how your photos combine the theme of your blog :))

    • Thanks love! I tried really hard to make that happen! lol

  • Great post, girl! First of all – obsessed with this outfit. You look gorgeous! Next, I totally agree with all of these! Right now I’m feeling really inspired by my own goals, so I just revisit those anytime I’m feeling unmotivated.

  • Veronika Sýkorová

    Those are all great tips! I love setting smart goals and I’m big on creating short to-do list. There’s nothing more defeating than when you still have 20 things on your to-do list at 11pm

    • Right! It feels like crap. Thanks for reading, babe!

  • Zana Djakovic

    I love this post babe. It’s so inspirational and your tips are so useful.
    Your words always motivate me to be the best version of myself. So I thank you for that.
    Lots of love,
    Zana

    • Aw sweet girl! You always leave the best comments! xoxo

  • #3 – YES.
    My motivation is directly correlated to my inspiration and right now I’m in a MAJOR rut! I need to practice ways to get my inspiration up and running, and this post was a GREAT start to filling up my tank. Thanks girl!

    • aw good, girl! You’ll find it soon! Just be patient and practice self-care!

  • Cassidy Wendell

    Chels! This outfit is sooooo cute! I’m obsessed with blush lately….probably because of you. And what a great post. I love keeping my to-do list short, and concise instead of listing everything under the sun haha. Always love your blog!

    • Aw girl! I love YOU! Thanks so much for stopping by, first ever blogging friend <3