“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years”
Being able to stay motivated through January can be a tricky thing. With the start of a new year, everything starts again. It’s a clean slate ready for you to fill with your goals and ideas of what you want to achieve over the next 12 months. That can be pretty daunting, and with the come down from a hectic party season, it’s understandable that the start of a new year where we’re still dealing with the aftermath of a cold and dark season can make you feel sluggish and not motivated in the slightest.
That’s what I wanted to talk about today – some ideas that I’ve found over the past month (and few years) have helped me to avoid my January slump, and stay motivated not just for the month ahead, but for the following year, too. I’d love to know what keeps you motivated, or how you feel through a new year – if you want to leave a comment below!
My first suggestion is the simplest: go outside. Feel the fresh air, go for a walk and gaze at your surroundings. Get lost in the rural countryside, or a bustling city. One of the best ways to battle my lack of motivation is usually to walk it out (or run, if you’re into that too!)
Let yourself be consumed by your own thoughts. Your goals and ideas for what lies ahead this year. Look at the plants, the trees and the flowers – how they’ll start to regenerate through winter into spring, and soon be blossoming for the summer months. There’s little better than just enjoying your surroundings and seeing where you’re at afterwards!
Another tandem to this suggestion is going for a run. Get the blood flowing: go a route you haven’t before and just enjoy what you see. Where you go. Run without a worry of having to run back, don’t limit yourself just see where your feet take you. It’s freeing, and inspiring!
Let Yourself Be Inspired by Others
One of my absolute favourite things about blogging/Instagram/YouTube/social media in general, is seeing what everybody else is up to. There is no end to the amount of inspiring and creative people on the digital sphere, and sometimes my absolute favourite thing to do is just to immerse myself in their content and be inspired by it.
Watch some amazing travel videos created by others, scroll through an Instagram feed of someone that gives you all the wanderlust feelings – let yourself become inspired by these amazing creatives and the content they work on day in, day out. It’s so exciting to see other people working and achieving their dreams – and it gives you the confidence that you can achieve yours, too. (I touched on this in my Lessons That 2017 Taught Me post, if you’re looking to elaborate on how you can and will achieve anything you can put your mind to, because you can!)
One of my absolute favourite quotes has to be the one about treating yourself as your own best friend. If you were, how would you be treated? Would you hold yourself to a higher standard, would you not allow x amount of people to treat you the way you do? We often are spending so long focussing on others, that we forget to care for ourselves in the most meaningful ways.
Plan a night where you can really take care of yourself, practice better skincare routines – better relaxing nights for yourself. Work on cutting the negative energy out of your life and looking out for #1 for a bit. We’re on this journey in one body, so make sure you take good care of it – and the soul inside. You’re amazing and deserve to be treated as such!
Plan a Staycation
This one is a little more open to interpretation, but one of the best ways I find to stay motivated, is by getting out of my surroundings. Either by exploring the world, or a nearby city – perhaps a staycation somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go but never found the time yet.
Explore spots that you’ve always want to see – take those iconic Insta photos you’ve seen everybody else do (it’s always so much fun!) and go explore an art gallery or museum. Let yourself soak up the city, or the country – and let any lessons you learn become a part of the year ahead.
Focus on Things That Bring You Joy
January is a fantastic time to hone in on what makes you happy. Do those acts. Let yourself be happy and invest time in your hobbies. Maybe find new ones, work on your personal and emotional growth. Pick up more books, watch more plays – lose yourself in stories told by others.
Be one with how you feel and follow a path of things that make you content.
My final tip on how I stay motivated during January has to be making plans. I’m always looking forward to something – and although I’m not trying to wish my life away, I find that having something on the horizon makes sure I’m driven on the goals and aspirations I want to achieve before then.
Make sure your plans and goals are realistic, and tailored to yourself – make sure you’re happy and comfortable with them, and that they’ll bring you joy. Look forward to those warm summer days, the lingering golden nights – the first bloom of the year, and the freshest strawberries in season. Look forward to the sun, and the cloud, and the rain. Look forward to everything, but stay grounded in the present – and the knowledge that everything takes time, and everything has it’s day.
This post was a little different to my usual, so I’d love to know if you liked it or not! I hope you’re having a great time through January, and you’re feeling recharged and ready for the year that lies ahead. Here’s to 2018!